During winter Australia isn’t really reppin’. The muscly shirtless men and tanned blond babes have all retreated off the shores of Bondi and back into tracky-dacks and uggies. Only the bravest of Australians are throwing barbecues on a Sunday arvo, and even the life-threatening animals are all ready for a six-month nap. And while we all say that ‘winter is when summer bodies are made’, I know that waking up for the gym before work is perpetually difficult. In honour of winter warmers, here’s
a delicious hearty recipe thats still fairly healthy.
BAKED DATE AND COCONUT APPLES WITH COCONUT CREAM
- 6 green apples
- 12 medjool dates
- 1/3 cup coconut flakes or unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
-4 tablespoons of butter (or coconut oil for a vegan option)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 can full-fat coconut cream, refrigerated for at least 4 hours
- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius, and dig out your baking dish.
2. While keeping the apple intact, scoop out the core leaving a little tunnel.
3. Using a sharp knife, cut a horizontal line around the whole apple to stop the apple
bursting in the oven.
4. Remove the seeds from the dates and chop them up into little pieces.
5. Mix dates, coconut, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg sugar in a bowl.
6. Equally stuff the mixture into the cores of the apples and place in the baking dish.
7. Add the water to the bottom of the dish to keep the apples moist while baking.
8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the apples have a golden brown edge and the flesh is soft
to touch. You should be able to smell what heaven might smell like. It’s important to note
that ovens vary. Mine is dodgy af and only works on fan forced with a stool holding the
door closed, so keep an eye on your lil apple buds as they’re cooking.
9. Serve while hot with ice cream, whipped cream or coconut cream.
METHOD - Coconut Cream
1. Open the can and spoon out the firm layer of solidified cream on top, discarding the
water at the bottom of the can.
2. Put the cream in a mixing bowl and whip the solidified cream for 3 minutes or until soft
3. Mix in vanilla and add maple syrup to taste.
4. Serve on top of your baked apples and be ready to impress.
Laura is a 21-year-old Italian grandmother who likes coffee, going to bed early and snapchat filters.