These little darlings were easy to prepare and tasted even better. I used Gala apples and I tested each one out before buying. By that I mean I made sure they could stand up without falling over. I got some odd stares when I was at Trader Joe's trying the apples out. LOL.
Ingredients for each apple
1 tsp sugar (I used turbinado sugar)
1/2 tbsp all purpose flour (I used almond flour)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg (this was my addition)
*Mix all ingredients together with the diced inside of the apple and place back into the apple bowl*
Instructions for scooping the apple:
- You start by slicing off the top of the apple and scooping out the inside. I found that by scoring the top of the apple then using a small spoon it worked a lot better. You don't want to scoop all the way to the bottom of the apple but make sure to leave enough of the "apple" so it looks like a mini apple bowl.
- Next take the scooped apple and pick out the seeds and the core
- Dice the remaining apple along with the top that you sliced off
- Mix with above ingredients (in red) and place back into the apple bowl
- Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
- Take out after 30 minutes and add the gluten/dairy free crumble topping (recipe below)
Gluten & Dairy Free Crumble Topping Recipe (this recipe yields enough to top 4 to 5 apples)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (set in glass bowl on stove while apples are cooking. great way to melt the coconut oil)
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons coconut sugar (I used turbinado because that's what I had on hand)
- 1/3 cup Quinoa Flakes
- Ground cinnamon
- Make crumble topping by combining coconut oil, sugar and Quinoa Flakes until crumbly. Spoon on top of apple pies
This really was a fun dessert to make and my guests really enjoyed it. If you can eat dairy then this would also be good with some whipped cream on top or served with a single serving of vanilla ice cream on the side. The original recipe called for pie crust to be cut out in a circle and placed on top of the apple to resemble a traditional apple pie. Who said anything to me about being traditional?
I went outside the cooking comfort box tonight and discovered a new way to make a traditional dessert. Cut those apron strings and live on the wild side. You might be surprised what's on the other side of that spice jar.