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THE RECIPE BOX: Healthy apple bake has all-natural ingredients

This apple bake has the right amount of crunch and sweetness. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

This apple bake has the right amount of crunch and sweetness. (Staff Photo: Julie Wells)

I believe I’ve mentioned before that my husband is eating the Paleo way now, so he of course couldn’t have some of the Oreo cake I made last week, and after getting the “stink-eye” from him, I figured I should redeem myself a little.

We had a bag of apples that needed to be eaten and eaten rather quickly. My first thought was I’d make a homemade applesauce, but I changed my mind.

While looking around in our pantry, a box of raisins sitting on the shelf caught my eye and I went to town with an idea for an apple bake.

I chopped some apples up, mixed in some raisins and then realized I needed something crunchy. I just knew we had some walnuts, but apparently I was wrong, so I went with with the raw almonds.

That is just about the gist of it all. I poured the apple mix into a glass 8-inch-by-8-inch pan and baked it for about 40 to 45 minutes.

I wanted to have some texture to the apples; I wasn’t looking to get them mushy. So, depending on the consistency you are looking for in your apple bake, will depend on how you long you cook them. I was able to stick a fork in the apples and tell that they were tender, which was perfect for us.

We all know that apples are very good for us, but the extra benefits to this dish are that the sugars that are in the apple bake are all natural, the cinnamon has been proven to help with blood sugar levels and the almonds have protein in them. It is an all-around forgiving dish, but at the same time has a lot of flavor and just the right amount of sweetness.

Apple bake

Three to four apples

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

4 to 5 tablespoons of honey

½ cup of raw almonds or walnuts

½ cup of raisins

Wash and pat dry the apples dry.

Chop unpeeled apples into about 1-inch chunks.

Place the apples in a bowl, and add the lemon juice.

Using your hands, mix the lemon juice and apples together.

Add the cinnamon, almonds and raisins.

Mix all of the ingredients together well.

Add the honey and stir.

Pour the apples into an 8-inch-by-8-inch baking dish and cover with foil.

Cook for 40 to 45 minutes on 350 degrees until the apples are tender.

Tip: To add a tart flavor, add some Craisins to the mix before baking.