Paleo Baked Apples

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While looking for the perfect Autumn dessert, I came across this little gem on the CrossFit Grand Forks website. It is a recipe that my good friend, Gina, had posted awhile back. Gina is a Registered Dietician and CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer. She also heads up the nutrition aspect at the CrossFit Grand Forks box. Gina and her family have been eating clean for quite some time now, and she is a pretty fantastic cook. I knew this baked apple recipe was sure to be a winner.

Ingredients
4 Apples (Original recipe calls for Granny Smith, but really any Apple will do)
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup raisin OR dried cranberries OR chopped dates
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2.5 T. coconut oil

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Use a paring knife to remove the core and some of the top. Place in a glass baking dish.
3. Mix all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl (I added the extra Apple bits that I cut off in step 2 to this mixture) and stuff as much into the apples. (Any extra filling I just put in the pan around the apples.)
4. Bake the apples for 40-50 minutes. (You may choose to cover them for an additional 5-10 minutes with foil to soften the apples more.)
5. I drizzled a little real maple syrup over the top of them for just a little extra sweetness.

Gina suggests that they are best served warm, right out of the oven!

I plan to make these again. They smell incredible while baking, filling the entire house (or firehouse) with the sweet smell of apple cinnamon. The pecan, coconut, and spices mixture is really quite fantastic. Each ingredient complements the others perfectly. While baking, the coconut and pecans get a little crispy. The toasty flavor is a fun surprise.

Simple, clean, and delicious.

Happy eating!

Recipe can be found HERE

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