Cardamom Spice Baked Apples Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a food processor, combine the dates, walnuts, maple syrup, 2 Tbsp. of the oil, 1 1⁄2 tsp. of the cardamom, the cinnamon, vanilla, lemon juice, and salt and process the mixture into a thick paste. There will be small bits of nuts and dates remaining; this is okay.
Core the apples almost all the way through, leaving the very bottom intact to form a cup to hold the filling. Using a vegetable peeler, peel away one strip of apple skin from the top of each apple. (This will prevent the apples from bursting while they bake.) Using a small spoon or butter knife, stuff the center of each apple with the date filling. Smooth over the top of the filling and set the apples into an 8-inch square baking pan or 9-inch pie plate. Top each apple with 1/4 tsp. of the coconut oil. In a small bowl, whisk the apple juice with the remaining 1/2 tsp. cardamom, then pour the liquid into the bottom of the pan with the apples. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, being careful not to let the foil touch the tops of the apples.
Bake for about 1 hour, until an apple can be pierced through easily with the tip of a paring knife, the skin is wrinkled, and the top of the date filling is dark brown. Remove the pan from the oven, place on a wire rack, and let cool for 20 minutes. Serve drizzled with the juices from the pan.
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