I can’t get enough of apples this time of year. One of my favorite desserts is dutch apple pie, however, I reserve all of that latticed dough for Thanksgiving. Until then, slow cooker stuffed apples with figs, pecans, cinnamon, lemon, orange zest, and maple sugar are a beautiful and delicious treat, don’t you agree? If you are craving apple pie, you must give this recipe a try! These are drool-worthy!
Besides apples, figs are another great fruit in the fall. There are many great recipes with figs, but I think the Italians do it best: Bruschetta with Caramelized Figs, Fig and Pear Salad, Fig and Almond Cake, Fig Pie, Fig Gelato, Fig Cookies, Fig Jam…I could go on and on about all of the scrumptious dishes you can make with Figs. Just talking about it makes me want to go on a fig cooking spree!
I know they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but I think that is even more true with figs! Figs are known to be loaded with fiber, but they are also bursting with antioxidants, calcium, iron and potassium. Their most unique contribution is pectin. When you eat figs, they ferment into a probiotic in your intestines. How crazy is that!? Other probiotic foods include kombucha, yogurt, kefir, miso, and kimchi. If you don’t do probiotics or those other foods for healthy bacteria, this is one superfood you should reach for daily. Bonus: it doesn’t taste fermented. Who needs a nutritional supplement when you can pop 4 of these every day? Not to mention they are sooo good! I always have dried figs in my house as my fruit snack, but if I had a choice, I would reach for one of these apples instead. Nom Nom Nom! What do you stuff your apples with?
- 5 apples with the center core hollowed out
- *Whatever your favorite baking apples are will work, I used Granny Smith apples
- 5 dried figs (about a 1/4 cup)
- 1/3 cup of maple sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 tsp chopped crystallized dried ginger (crystallize your own with coconut sugar in the dehydrator! yum!) or 1/2 tsp fresh
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp orange zest (or another tsp lemon zest)
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- *Whatever is left from the lemon, squeeze on top of the apples
- Mix the stuffing ingredients together
- Remove the center of each apple
- Stuff the apples with stuffing
- Squeeze the rest of the lemon on top of the apples
- Put the water in the slow cooker (if a little gets on the apples, that's alright)
- Put the apples in a slow cooker for 1.5 hours on high
- I tried to stop eating after 2 apples...Good luck!