We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but finding a morning meal that’s fulfilling, while also being light and nourishing, can seem to be a problem. It’s easy to go towards extremes: while many gorge on a big breakfast, others simply grab a quick snack or skip breakfast altogether. The latter option can leave you hungry and cranky, while eating too much makes you tired and bloated. Where is the happy medium?
One great solution is baked apples; this tasty, gluten-free, vegan baked apple recipe is one of our go-to Ayurvedic recipes for breakfast, especially in the fall and winter.
For starters, anyone who’s had an apple pie knows that baked apples are delicious. If that weren’t enough, they help keep you balanced; when you’re feeling all over the place, baked apples are grounding and nourishing. The process of baking reduces the vata element and increases pitta, making this warm treat ideal for cold, windy days.
In Boone, we are blessed to be in Apple Country. We’ve tested this recipe on no less than twelve types of apples. While most will do, Pink Ladies, Granny Smiths, and Braeburns are a few that taste outstanding in this recipe. This recipe is so sweet by itself, that you won’t need extra sweeteners like brown sugar or maple syrup.
Recipe: Vegan Baked Apple
Prep time: 7 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
4 Apples, sliced
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp of walnuts or almonds
1/4 cup of almond milk
A dab of oil (Try coconut oil for its nutty flavor.)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place the cut apples in a baking dish. Place some chopped nuts aside for garnish.
- Heat the oil on the stove, add the spices and gently sauté the nuts in the cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add almond milk to the mixture and stir.
- Pour the heated almond milk with spices over the apples and toss. Feel free to add more or less liquid, to your taste. Less almond milk gives the apples a crisper texture.
- Place apples in over for 15–20 minutes, until they’re golden brown.
- Garnish with walnuts or almonds and enjoy!
We’d love to see your versions of baked apples (or pears)! Be sure to post in social media and tag us!