If someone would ask me for the perfect recipe for a healthy Christmas or winter dessert, this is the recipe I would hand over with a smile. These Healthy Stuffed Apples are the recipe to convince your family that dessert can be healthy (and vegan) and still be a flavor bomb. When we celebrated our Friendsgiving dinner (where I made this Harvest Fall Salad too), the stuffed apples were by far the favorite of the girls gang.
These beauties soley rely on the sweetness of the dates and a dash of coconut sugar. But after making those a numerous times, I can assure you that you don’t need the coconut sugar. It is perfectly fine just to add a couple more dates to the filling instead of the coconut sugar. They add that caramel like taste you would want for a warming comforting dessert.
I have added a 3 different kinds of nuts for the filling to give you the maximum nutritional benefits. But if you want to just use one kind, that’s totally fine but walnuts and pecans work really well for his recipe. Whichever kind of nuts you go with, I recommend not swapping the hazelnut butter in the filling for any other nut butter. That is what gives the killer flavor in combination with the cashew vanilla sauce.
Talking about the cashew vanilla sauce, it is the easiest sauce you have ever made. No cooking, it is simply a matter of whisking the cashew butter with the almond milk, vanilla and maple. You will be amazed how creamy, rich and flavorsome a vanilla sauce can be without cream and white sugar. Make a double batch of the vanilla sauce, you will not regret it!
Healthy Stuffed Apples
- 8 apples
- 1/2 cup pecan nuts ground
- 1/2 cup walnuts ground
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts ground
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon ground
- 1/2 cup hazelnut butter
- 7 medjool dates chopped
- 4 tbsp mulberries chopped
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
Vanilla Cashew Sauce
- 125 g cashew butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 10 tbsp almond milk
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- Remove the apple cores with an apple corer.
- In a bowl mix the ground pecans, walnuts, macadamias, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and hazelnut butter.
- Chop the dates and mulberries and add to the mixture.
- Melt the coocnut oil, add to the mixture and mix with your hands.
- Stuff the apples with the nut mixture. Bake the apples for 25 minutes at 175 degress Celsius. Remove from the oven and drizzle with the Cashew Vanilla Sauce.
Vanilla Cashew Sauce
- Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
For other warming and comforting vegan treats, make sure to check out my Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate, my gluten-free Walnut Prune Bread, and my Healthy Christmas Cookie selection!