These baked dark chocolate and almond stuffed apples have been one of my go-to desserts lately!
Last month, I shared a blog post and talked about some of my new year's resolutions for 2016. Since one of my goals for this year is to "snack smarter," I have made an effort to find ways to satisfy my cravings with smarter choices. Last week, I was seriously craving some apple pie and decided to bake an apple instead of making a whole pie. When I was baking my apple in the oven I had the idea to fill the empty core with some of my DOVE® Roasted Almonds covered in Dark Chocolate. Today, I'm sharing the recipe for these Baked Dark Chocolate and Almond Stuffed Apples, as well as a New Year Resolutions Printable that has helped me stay on track with my goals!
Baked Dark Chocolate and Almond Stuffed Apples
- 2 Honeycrisp apples (or another kind of sweet apple)
- 1/2 cup of DOVE® Roasted Almonds covered in Dark Chocolate
- 1/2 tablespoon of butter
- 1/4 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of water
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees (F).
- Cut the apples in half (vertically), and then cut out the cores.
- Place 2-3 DOVE® Roasted Almonds covered in Dark Chocolate inside each core pit.
- Rub butter all around the apple and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
- Fill an oven-safe baking dish with 1/4 cup of water. Place apples in the dish.
- Bake apples in the oven for 45 minutes.
- Serve warm and enjoy! We love adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and eating it with a spoon!
I've really gotten into the habit of baking fruit in the oven with some cinnamon and butter--it's a wonderful alternative to cupcakes, cake, and pie. You can choose to stuff your baked apples with almost anything--coconut, peanut butter, hazelnut, chocolate, jams, roasted nuts, and more!
Some of my favorite DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut varieties include: DOVE® Roasted Almonds covered in Dark Chocolate, DOVE® Dark Chocolate Raspberry & Honey Roasted Almond, and DOVE® Dark Chocolate Cherries. This year I am making it a habit to reach for something smarter to snack on. Cravings happen and I've found it is smarter to feed into your cravings rather than build them up (I allow myself something smarter to snack on with chocolate in it, so that I don't let my cravings get out of hand until I decide to bake and then eat a bunch of cupcakes in one sitting).
Sticking to my New Year Resolutions has its good days and bad days--some days I do a really great job focusing on what I need to do to meet my objectives, and then other days I just call it a loss. But no matter what kind of day I am having, sticking to my 5 Daily Tasks to Stay on Track with NYE Resolutions printable (download here) helps remind me about my long term goals, and lets me hone in on what I need to do in that moment to get back on track.
What would you stuff your baked apples with?