Last Minute Christmas Dessert: Baked Apples

baked apple vegan Christmas

These baked apples are great when you’re running late for your Christmas dinner preparation and don’t have a clue what to make for dessert just yet. It makes a great dessert for Christmas because it’s pretty festive, not too sweet, but very warming. This is such an easy recipe and you’ll probably have most ingredients at home anyway. And even if you don’t, there is no need to make an additional trip to the supermarket because you can substitute pretty much everything with whatever it is that you have on hand. Check the ingredient list down below for different options. 

All you really need are some apples and maybe a little creativity. Oh and about 35 minutes of your time would be great, too. Speaking of time…There’s nothing left to say, so let’s not waste precious time before Christmas and instead get right into the recipe.

baked apples vegan Christmas

Prep time: 10 min

Cooking time: 25 min

Total: 35 min

Ingredients for 6 baked apples

  • 6 medium sized apples
  • 6 tsp marzipan* (alternative: any nut butter, almond or cashew would be great)
  • 3 tbsp nuts (I like to use sliced almonds – you could use any nuts, though: walnuts or these sweet & spicy pecans. If you use the latter, make sure to cut back on things like cinnamon & sugar)
  • 3 tbsp berries, frozen or fresh (I like to use a mixture of frozen raspberries and blueberries) OR if you don’t have any berries you could use 3 tbsp jam instead.
  • 3 tbsp goji berries / raisins / cranberries, or any other dried fruit
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract (½ tsp vanilla powder)
  • Optional: a splash of lemon juice
  • For serving: vanilla sauce or vanilla ice-cream, granola, …

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Use an apple corer, a knife or a spoon to remove the core from the apples leaving the bottom intact.Scoop out the flesh so that there’s a hole about ½ inch wide and save it for later.
  2. Place apples in a baking dish and fill with 1 tsp of marzipan each. Set aside.
  3. Mix the pulp together with all the other stuffing ingredients. Then stuff the apples with the mixture and sprinkle all of the leftovers around the apples. Sprinkle some water over the apples and over the leftovers.
  4. Place the apples in the oven and allow to bake for 25 minutes until they are soft. Serve immediately with vanilla sauce or ice-cream. You could also keep them in the fridge until ready to serve. Simply heat them up for about 5 minutes in the oven before enjoying.

*Note: You can make your own marzipan by mixing 1 cup blanched almond flour with 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional: 1 tsp rosewater or almond extract) Find the full recipe here.

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Isn’t this the most suitable recipe for baked apples you have ever seen?

I hope you love this recipe – please let me know in the comment section below! If you make these baked apples, make sure to take a photo and share it on my Facebook page or on Instagram, using the hashtag #minamadefood. Oh and don’t forget to tag me (@thisisminamade) so that I can see your creations!

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