Poppy Seed-Stuffed Apples

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This is a very festive dish that will fill your house with so much aroma that people will wonder what is it that you are celebrating at your house. I learned to make (or rather eat) stuffed apples in Poland where I was born. Whenever mom had nothing sweet to serve, she would bake apples. Over time, she became more and more creative with what went into the apples. Poppy seeds and nuts were my absolute favorite and this is what I would like to share with you.

Poppy Seed-Stuffed Apples
 
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Ingredients
  • 12 large organic apples (yes, you want to get organic)
  • 1 cup poppy seeds
  • ¼ cup honey or coconut nectar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ tsp all spice
  • 2oz (50g) dark orange chocolate, chopped to small pieces
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
How To Make
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F (190C)
  2. Wash and dry the apples
  3. Grease a glass baking form with half of the coconut oil
  4. Cut out the core of the apples using a large spoon but do not cut through to the bottom
  5. Use the rest of the coconut oil to cover the outside of each apple
  6. Combine poppy seeds, honey, vanilla extract, nuts, all spice and chocolate in a bowl
  7. Stuff apples with the filling
  8. Bake till the outside of the apples is soft
  9. Serve warm (not hot) or cold
You can make a whole batch of them and freeze them too. What a great grains-free, gluten-free and nutritionally rich desert.

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