A Movember Dedication: Gluten-Free Baked Apples with Apricots and Raisins

It’s Movember baby, and it’s cold outside. Your beloved Mo Bro has some extra fuzz to keep him warm this Fall, but for us girls out there, I’m thinking we need some wooly blankets, a nice fire and a warm Baked Apple (with Apricots and Raisins).

I’m a strong advocator for Men’s Health or in fewer words, Movember. If you have not a clue in the world as to what I’m going on about, take a minute to read my post, Dear Mo Bros & Mo Sistas: I Salute You. If you still don’t have a clue, please just email me.

I must boast though while I have your attention! Last year, I initiated a Movember campaign with my coworkers at John Deere in Canada. Together we raised over $7,000 and very happily donated it to raise awareness and fund research for men’s health. It is something I am so proud of and really hope that each year, the Movember campaign will continue to gain momentum around the world.

Anyway, as promised, I’ve put together a baked apple recipe for you to enjoy with your Mo Friends and Family.

Gluten-Free Baked Apples with Apricots and Raisins Recipe

4 large firm, tart apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup water

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Core apples whole and place in a glass baking dish. Sprinkle apples with lemon juice. Combine the agave syrup, raisins, apricots, nuts and spices. Stir to coat. Fill the apples with the mixture. Pour the water into the bottom of the dish and then cover the dish with tin foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil, baste the apples with the juices on the bottom of the pan and then continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes until the apples are tender. You can serve them warm or at room temperature.

Happy Movember to you! We’re halfway there guys, so just keep trucking!

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