Easy stuffed baked apples + a giveaway!

Easy Stuffed Baked Apples  | A Dash of Compassion

These past few months have been a whirlwind of emotions. We’ve been on the hunt for a new house, and for those who have experienced what it’s like to try to buy a house in an already-overpriced market in a sought-after city, well, you probably understand how tough it can be.

We’ve lived in our “starter” home for the last six years, doing one renovation after another. After our last large reno, which involved adding a sunroom addition on to the back of the kitchen that served as my photo studio, we realized we’re ready for something new. Don’t get me wrong—I love our little house—but we’re starting to get the itch for something new, maybe (hopefully) a little closer to the downtown core.

Easy Stuffed Baked Apples  | A Dash of Compassion

We’ve had our heart set on a particular area in the east end of Toronto for some time now, but never thought we’d be able to afford it. The bidding wars here are kind of insane—most houses are priced low to attract attention and then end up in bidding wars with a sale price at least $100,000 over asking. It kind of blows my mind.

The experience parallels speed dating in many ways: a house goes on the market on a Tuesday, for example, and then you have to look at it and decide if you’re willing to bid on it before they take offers the following Tuesday. In other words, you see it, chat for 30 seconds, and decide whether you’re ready for marriage (not just a second date). Over the last three months, we have fallen in love with and then subsequently lost three houses to higher bidders.

Easy Stuffed Baked Apples  | A Dash of Compassion

I can’t wait to tell you more very soon. In the meantime, let’s talk about these incredible stuffed baked apples, a recipe that may be one of the last to come out of my current (soon-to-be someone else’s) kitchen. I figured I should make use of my stainless steel double oven before it’s time to say goodbye (sigh).

Easy Stuffed Baked Apples  | A Dash of Compassion

This recipe could not be any simpler, but the end result is undeniable. Here, fresh Autumn apples are stuffed with a sweet caramel-coated granola and then baked for just long enough to soften the apples and bring out their flavour, much like a traditional apple crisp flavour.  Top them off with vegan vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce for an incredible treat everyone will go crazy for.

This, right here, is what fall is all about.

Easy Stuffed Baked Apples  | A Dash of Compassion

Coincidentally, this week we’re celebrating National Organic Week here in Canada, the largest annual homage to organic food, farming and products across the country. As part of the fun, my friends at Nature’s Path have offered to gift one ADC reader with a box full of organic and vegan-friendly goodies from Nature’s Path and some of my favourite organic brands! Check out the giveaway below.

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Easy stuffed baked apples

Yield: Serves 3

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 3/4 cup Nature's Path Pumpkin Flax Granola
  • 3 medium organic apples
  • vegan vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional, but so good!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the brown rice syrup, cashew butter and nondairy milk until combined and smooth. Add the granola and stir until the granola is well coated.
  3. Slice the tops off the apples and use a spoon to scoop out the core, seeds and enough of the flesh to create a bowl in the centre for the filling. Spoon the filling mixture into the scooped-out apples, pressing gently to pack it in.
  4. Place the stuffed apples in a small baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until the apples are softened. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

Giveaway

This awesome gift box of organic goodies provided by Nature’s Path is one I know you’ll love (it’s a $100 value!). The gift box includes:

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents only (sorry, international friends). Use the widget below to enter and I’ll choose a random winner on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Good luck!
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28 Responses to “Easy stuffed baked apples + a giveaway!”

  1. Josiane — September 22, 2015 @ 11:54 am

    My favorite organic product is actually produce: fresh organic vegetables from local farmers!
    Among the many organic brands I like are Cacao Camino, Prana, and Nature’s Path (their whole product line is great, but I particularly appreciate their granolas, because store-bought granolas that are free of milk products are all too rare).

  2. Jeffrey — September 22, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

    I like Natures Path Granola.

  3. Marika — September 22, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

    I feel your pain with the house buying business in the GTA! It sounds like you have some super awesome news though—looking forward to hearing all about it (Congrats!)! These baked apples look amazing! I love everything apple. And what a great giveaway! I think the entire Nature’s Path line is an excellent contender for favourite organic product—I have a soft spot for their Red Berry Waffles. I also adore Prana and would like to marry their almond butter and have an affair with their Sumsuma sesame snacks. And Camino Extra Dark can be my BFF. Yeah, I enjoy the good foods :)

  4. Katie — September 22, 2015 @ 8:36 pm

    I actually LOVE nature’s path Smart Bran cereal. Other favourite brands include Cascadian Farm and One Degree

  5. Brenda Penton — September 22, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

    Camino is my favourite brand

  6. Karla Sceviour — September 22, 2015 @ 9:15 pm

    Natures Path is my favorite,,I love their waffles and oatmeal.

  7. iamalighthouse — September 22, 2015 @ 10:56 pm

    I really like Julie’s Organic Ice Cream!!

  8. veganlisa — September 23, 2015 @ 9:37 am

    It sounds like you may have found a new place to call home. I know real estate is incredibly stressful. I hope the next few steps go smoothly.

    This recipe is right up my alley. I’m thinking about apple picking this weekend (if the baby hasn’t arrived) and would love to infuse my place with the aroma of apples and spice.

    Favourite organics brand…Eden.

  9. Amy Heffernan — September 23, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    Natures Path is my favorite!! TY!

  10. Cindy — September 23, 2015 @ 2:34 pm

    I pretty much love all the products listed. I made a pear jam the other day, just pears, cinnamon and PRANA chia seeds. The whole apt. smelled incredible. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. nicolthepickle — September 23, 2015 @ 4:57 pm

    I just picked up some Nature’s Path Granola and it’s really good.
    Hmm, I’m having issues commented. Trying again.

  12. Dandi D — September 23, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

    Nature’s Path and Cascadian Farms are my favorites.

  13. Maria M — September 24, 2015 @ 12:57 am

    I really like the Organic Traditions brand.

  14. Anna — September 24, 2015 @ 5:01 am

    omg stuffed apples with cinnamon are my favorite thing eveeer!! can’t wait to try your variation

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

  15. Ani — September 24, 2015 @ 9:04 am

    I love Nature’s Path!! Their blueberry flax granola is amazing.

  16. Sheelagh — September 24, 2015 @ 3:54 pm

    There are so many great organic brands worth trying! But I definitely want to try more Nature’s Path products!

  17. Donna F. — September 24, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

    Nature’s Path hemp granola

  18. Adele — September 24, 2015 @ 5:36 pm

    My favorite is the Nature’s Path Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.

  19. DJ — September 25, 2015 @ 8:36 pm

    I love Amy’s Kitchen products.

  20. Christina — September 26, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

    I love Purely Elizabeth products!

  21. Nate Fuller — September 26, 2015 @ 6:59 pm

    Natures path is my favorite!

  22. ikkinlala — September 26, 2015 @ 10:14 pm

    My favourite organic product (right now) is the bags of organic limes that my local grocery store is selling for a really good price.

  23. sarah — September 27, 2015 @ 11:01 pm

    arrowhead mills

  24. Valerie Mallette — September 27, 2015 @ 11:40 pm

    My favourite organic brand is Nature’s Path especially for their Pumpkin Flax Granola :)

  25. Tammy Dalley — September 28, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

    I love natures path, love their cereals

  26. manda — September 29, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    Not sure what my favorite brand is. I like trying new ones.

  27. Kayley — September 29, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    I enjoy Nature’s Path a lot, including their granola and oatmeal products.

  28. Bailey — October 26, 2015 @ 2:33 am

    I may be wrong but it sounds to me like you won yourself a house!
    Congratulations (if this is the case) and don’t lose heart (if it not the case)!

    In the meantime, thanks for FALL (yay) the recipe!

    Bailey |One Thousand Joys

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