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Baked Paleo Apples : Easy, Healthy, Delish

Because fresh locally grown apples are one of my favorite foods, I was inspired to bring you my Baked Paleo Apples recipe.  Now, before you make any judgement about this recipe due to the word ‘Paleo’, let me be clear, this recipe is super easy, crazy healthy, and devilishly delish!  

Also I have to say, this Baked Paleo Apples recipe can be changed to meet your dietary preferences, or non preferences.  Yes, that’s right, I’ve got all special diets covered from the obvious, Paleo, to : gluten free, diary free, vegan, vegetarian!  

Plus I’m even giving you an AIP, acronym for Autoimmune Protocol, option and nut-free option in this recipe article.  And if that wasn’t even to bring everyone in your life to the table I’ve got low-FODMAP solution when it comes to this recipe!  

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Apple Nutrition & How it Can Help You

Apples are one of the most consumed fruits in America, and rightful so, because they are very yummy!  I bet even your kid won’t turn down the sweet bite an apple offers!  Anyways, before I get wrapped up in the flavor profile of the apple, let’s get into the nutrition.  

The common, everyday apple is loaded with nutrients like : fiber, vitamin C, potassium.  However the apple also contain nutrient powerhouses like : polyphenols, flavonoids, and quercetin.  

Now that you know the nutrition, let’s identify how that makes a healthier you.

1.Swap the after dinner mint for apple!  Yep, apples can help your breath smell fresh due to the mix of your own spit and vitamin C!  Plus, apple flavonoids keep bad mouth bacteria from taking over so to keep your gums and teeth healthier.  

2.An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right?  Well this may be true especially when it comes to your heart health.  Apple fiber has been shown to protect your blood vessels from damage, lower blood pressure, and improve cholesterol levels

3.Apples promote good gut bacteria, thus making your bowel movements more regular without constipation and/or diarrhea.  Other digestive benefits from apples include helping ease gastric reflux.    

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Top Apple Picks

For this recipe, Baked Paleo Apples, I used Fuji apples.  Fuji apples are my favorite types of apple so it felt natural to use this variety.  However, if you are wondering if you can make a swap for your favorite apple, check out my list below. 

Best Apples for Baking

-Granny Smith

-Winesap

-Jonagold

-Golden Delicious

-Honeycrisp 

-Cameo

Also for a side note, apples are considered a ‘dirty dozen’ produce item.  Therefore, I suggest the extra cash for organic apples.  It’s worth the investment, especially if you want to avoid pesticide residues and edible waxes. 

Organic apples fresh from the orchard are delicious!

Making these Baked Paleo Apples Fit for Your Needs

Perhaps you have to stick a specific diet for health reasons.  Or maybe you cook for someone who follows certain dietary restrictions.  No matter the reason, I’ve found that there is room at the table for all dietary restrictions and preferences.  

For instance, this Baked Paleo Apples recipe is Whole30 compatible, gluten free, and diary free.  Plus this recipe makes eating sweet easier for the vegan and vegetarian.    

These Baked Paleo Apples can also be suitable for those following a low-FODMAP diet if Pink Lady apples or Granny Smith apples are used.

Also I will have to note, that as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, some low-FODMAP patients have reported experienced discomfort when eating nuts.  Please use caution, and refer to the nut-free option below.  

Another thing to mention about low-FODMAP and these Baked Paleo Apples, use caution when using coconut oil.  Like nuts, coconut oil can be tricky for some.  

For a nut-free option, I suggest replacing the pecans with pumpkin seeds and dried raisins or cranberries.  Granola is another delicious swap that will give you crunch without the nut.  

Another easy swap for the pecans would be coconut flakes and raisins.  This switch is particularly useful when sticking with the AIP diet.  Also eliminated the nutmeg from the spice blend to remain AIP compliant. 

Fun Toppings for these Baked Paleo Apples

For more ways to make this Baked Paleo Apples recipe your own, is to consider additional toppings.  For instance, my family enjoys these Baked Paleo Apples with ice cream, whipped cream, maple syrup, honey, caramel sauce, and holiday candies.  

When you serve the toppings mentioned above, it transforms this Baked Paleo Apple recipe into  an ice cream party!  Also one last note, if you’re look to eat sweet but lose the guilt from holiday candies, like leftover Halloween candy, then stay tuned for my next recipe!   

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Baked Paleo Apples

These Baked Paleo Apples are easy and healthy.  This recipe is gluten free, diary free, and Whole30 compatible.  It’s even complementary for the vegan and vegetarian. And with some simple swaps, this recipe has low-FODMAP, nut free and AIP options!  Lastly, when serving this Baked Paleo Apples recipe with sweet toppings, you’ve got an ice cream party! 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 275 kcal

Equipment

  • medium skillet
  • Spatula
  • Cutting Board
  • Large Spoon
  • sharp pairing knife
  • sharp butcher knife
  • baking dish

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil

Spices : 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp ground clove

  • 8 apples
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups apple cider

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven at 375 degrees
  • Turn stove top burner to medium heat. Place non-stick skillet upon burner.  Pour pecans into non-stick skillet and as the skillet begins to warm, add coconut oil.  Stir pecans and coconut oil with spatula.  Add spices. Continue to mix.  Once the pecans are throughly coated with spices, take skillet off the burner. Allow nuts to cool slightly. 
  • Get a cutting board, large baking dish, a sharp pairing knife, large spoon, and apples.  With the sharp pairing knife, carefully slice off the tops the apples.  Remove apple stems. And replace stems with cinnamon stick.  Then use the spoon to scoop out the apple core and seeds.  Put the cored apples and tops into the baking dish.  
  • Next, wipe off the cutting board. Grab sharp butcher knife.  Transfer roasted nuts to cutting board.  Carefully chop the nuts into smaller pieces with the sharp butcher knife.  
  • With the large spoon, place chopped nuts into cored apples.  Then add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil to the top of the nuts.  Cover pecan stuffed apple with the apple top.  Continue with each apple until all the apples are have spiced nuts and topped with apple tops.
  • Pour apple cider into and onto apples in the baking dish.  Then with foil, cover baking dish.   Put covered baking dish into the oven for 45-50 minutes.
  • Once the apples are soft and smell delightful, carefully remove from the oven. And enjoy!   

Notes

Perhaps you have to stick a specific diet for health reasons.  Or maybe you cook for someone who follows certain dietary restrictions.  No matter the reason, I’ve found that there is room at the table for all dietary restrictions and preferences.  
For instance, this Baked Paleo Apples recipe is Whole30 compatible, gluten free, and diary free.  Plus this recipe makes eating sweet easier for the vegan and vegetarian.    
These Baked Paleo Apples can also be suitable for those following a low-FODMAP diet if Pink Lady apples or Granny Smith apples are used.***  
Also I will have to note, that as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, some low-FODMAP patients have reported experienced discomfort when eating nuts.  Please use caution, and refer to the nut-free option below.  
Another thing to mention about low-FODMAP and these Baked Paleo Apples, use caution when using coconut oil.  Like nuts, coconut oil can be tricky for some.  
For a nut-free option, I suggest replacing the pecans with pumpkin seeds and dried raisins or cranberries.  Granola is another delicious swap that will give you crunch without the nut.  
Another easy swap for the pecans would be coconut flakes and raisins.  This switch is particularly useful when sticking with the AIP diet.  Also eliminated the nutmeg from the spice blend to remain AIP compliant. 
For more ways to make this Baked Paleo Apples recipe your own, is to consider additional toppings.  For instance, my family enjoys these Baked Paleo Apples with ice cream, whipped cream, maple syrup, honey, caramel sauce, and holiday candies.  
When you serve the toppings mentioned above, it transforms this Baked Paleo Apple recipe into  an ice cream party!  Also one last note, if you’re look to eat sweet but lose the guilt from holiday candies, like leftover Halloween candy, then stay tuned for my next recipe!   
Keyword AIP option, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, low-FODMAP option, nut free option, vegan, Whole30

About the Author

Elizabeth Ray is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is on a mission to help you feel good about food!  She believes food from the farm is best.  And she is developing nutrition resources to help you discover the possibilities of real food that is grown/raised by the local farmer.  

For more delicious, nutritious and adventurous recipes that are sourced from the farm, click here.  

“May food from the local farm help you flourish!”

-Elizabeth Ray, Farmers Market Nutritionist
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