With the New Year upon us I had sneak in one last special meal to ring it in.  This Oatmeal Stuffed Apple recipe is special, sweet and healthy enough to not mess up your resolutions.  I plan on serving this New Year’s day for my Veggie Kids.  Each kid will get their own special apple to eat.  You could also easily adapt this recipe to make a raw vegan version too. Just don’t bake the apples and let the oats sit overnight.  Or try it as a healthy dessert option.  Drizzle a little glaze on top or add a dollop of non-dairy ice cream!
Oatmeal Stuffed Apples
serves 4
Ingredients:
1 C. old fashioned oats
2 C. non-dairy milk, vanilla flavor
pinch of sea salt
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 medium crisp apples
1/4 C. chopped pecans
2 Tb. pure maple syrup (+ more to drizzle)
Directions:
1.  Preheat oven 350F.  Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with non-stick spray.
2.  Prepare oatmeal by stirring together oatmeal, milk, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a large bowl.  Set aside.
3.  Prepare apples by using a melon baller to scoop out the core and inside of the apple, leaving a 1/2″ thick edge all around and enough bottom to hold the oatmeal.
4.  Stir pecans and syrup into the oatmeal mixture.
5.  Use a spoon to fill the apples evenly with oatmeal mixture.  Gently pat the oatmeal down into each apple and use the spoon to “round” it off on the tops.
6.  Place apples into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.  Remove from oven and drizzle with additional syrup or top with non-dairy whipped topping or ice cream.
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