PREP: 20 minutes | COOK: 45-60 minutes | YIELD: 10 servings

Easy, elegant and wallet friendly oh, and did I mention delicious? The magnificent aroma of baking apples and spices is guaranteed to have everyone’s mouths watering (no matter how much they’ve already indulged in!).

2 Tbsp (30 ml) coconut oil, melted

2 Tbsp (30 ml) pure maple syrup

½ cup (120 ml) whole wheat pastry flour

½ tsp (2.5 ml) ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp (0.625 ml) freshly grated nutmeg

¼ tsp (1.25 ml) baking soda

Pinch sea salt

¾ cup (180 ml) old-fashioned rolled oats

¼ cup (60 ml) dried currants

1/3 cup (80 ml) chopped pecans

5 of your favorite apples (red delicious not recommended), washed, halved and cored

2 cups (480 ml) unfiltered apple cider

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

In a medium bowl, mix together coconut oil and maple syrup. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to coconut oil-syrup mixture, and mix together thoroughly. Stir in oats, currants and pecans.

In a baking dish large enough to hold apples, arrange them in a single layer, cut side up. Divide streusel among apples, packing into each core cavity. Pour cider around apples. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes, basting from time to time. Then uncover and continue to bake, basting occasionally, until flesh is tender but not mushy, another 15 to 30 minutes, depending on size of apples. Serve warm with cider sauce from bottom of pan.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE PER SERVING (½ APPLE EACH):

Calories: 189 | Calories from Fat: 51 | Protein: 2 g | Carbs: 27 g | Total Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sodium: 11 mg | Cholesterol: 0 mg