Baked Apples

June 22, 2013 in Recipes by Jill

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At the start of the year, after arriving back to Perth after 9 months travelling through Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Hawaii I experienced a huge range of emotions from happiness, to sadness, to gratitude, to feeling completely lost. I missed my friends dearly whom I made in Hawaii (and still do) and missed the lifestyle I had created.

As time flew by, simple because I was so busy, I was becoming drained of my energy. Tasks which used to be simple & easy were becoming torturous. My spurts of anger and/or frustration outbursts were increasing, so much so Matt even said to me, “I like you better when we are away”. The truth was I couldn’t agree more with him. I felt free, peaceful and calm while were travelling (most of the time). I laughed more, sang silly songs, jumped and danced around. But the tasks on the “To Do List” were bogging me down.

One day while spending some gift vouchers at Myer I was attracted to the 4 Week Energy Diet: From Exhausted to Energised the Natural Way book by Julie Maree Wood.  As soon as I read the cover I realised my energy was low, and I needed some inspiration and guidance.

Soon after we left Perth again in March 2013 I started the ‘diet’. This book is not a diet; it inspires healthy living habits by taking care of all of your mind, body and soul. For 4 weeks I would wake early and meditate, followed by some sort of exercise, during the day be more aware of where I was holding stress in my body and consciously be more present with my breath. In terms of food no alcohol, caffeine, dairy, wheat, anything artificial, and no red meat (for the first 2 weeks).  The No List was great because it opened my eyes and creative juices up to cooking with natural, healthier foods. By no means was I hungry at any point, because you can eat as much as you like. The purpose of the ‘diet’ is not to lose weight (although this may happen naturally) but to feel energised which was my goal.

One of the great recipes I have cooked few times for snacks, and deserts is the Baked Apples. Here is the delicious & easy Baked Apples recipe which I have changed slightly based on what was in my cupboard.

4 Apples
1 tbs shredded coconut
3 tbs rolled oats
1 tbs 100% peanut butter
3 tbs sultanans
1 tbs roughly chopped mixed nuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs honey, or agave or maple syrup.

Preheat oven to 180C. Line your baking tray with baking paper.

The ‘book’ recommends to core your apples and fill them with your filling, however I have never been successful at coring my apples wide enough for the stuffing, so I halve my apples and remove the core.

Mix all the other ingredients together.

Spoon the mixture into the cored apple, or place on top of the halved apple like I do.

Bake for 25-30minutes or until tender.

I like these apples alone, or sometimes I have them with yoghurt with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

Enjoy xx

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