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Baked Apples with Orange Cashew Cream & Maple Sauce

Baked Apples with Orange Cashew Cream & Maple Sauce

Baked Apples

Baked Apples with orange Cashew Cream & Maple Syrup

Bulk Up With Wholefoods

We all know that Fibre and Water Equals Bulk that brings us satiety.  Apples are not only top of the list for this but they are my perfect fruit for all seasons for so many reasons.  The skin of the apple is unusually rich in nutrients, and even if the recipe you’ve chosen requires peeled apples, consider leaving the skins on to receive the unique benefits found in the skins. Ideally, of course, choose organic apples to avoid problems related to pesticide residues and other contaminants on the skins.

The more you eat your foods ‘whole’ the less hungry you will be. Whole apples eaten raw or deliciously baked in the colder months are a perfect example of this. If you simply extract the juice you are reducing the bulk, if you puree the apples into a smoothie you are still reducing the quantity of produce that you would have by simply eating the apple so the ‘fullness’ is reduced.  This can be relevant if you are counting calories so eat your apples ‘whole’.  However, when you eat a wholefoods plant based diet there is no need to count calories, my on line course ‘Weight Loss Nature’s Way’ testifies to that.

Fibre helps regulate cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and control weight. A diet rich in wholegrains, vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds can help prevent chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer, thus lowering your overall risk of premature death.

Baked Apples with Orange Cashew Cream

Baked Apples with Orange Cashew Cream

Within Macrobiotics, winter is a necessary and important part of the seasonal cycle. This is the time of year when nature is resting and also the most important time of the year for all of us to nourish ourselves, in particular our kidneys need most care during this season.  Nourishing and warming food during the long cold months of winter will see you arriving in spring with strong, boundless energy.  Simply follow the seasonal recipes and health tips with some great ‘medicinal teas’ and home remedies in my book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’ available world wide on amazon and many book stores.  I guarantee that you will achieve great energy and vitality by following my advice.  A user friendly common sense approach to understanding nutrition is what I teach.

Here is a very easy and delicious recipe I make during the autumn and winter months.  You can of course simply bake the apples and enjoy without the topping, either way, the bulkiness will keep your hunger pangs at bay. Enjoy.

Baked Apples with Toasted Walnuts & Orange Cashew Cream

4 apples (I used Pink Lady)

2 tsp. lemon juice, divided

2 tbsp. maple sugar

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

1 cup maple syrup

½ cup chopped toasted walnuts

Preheat oven to 200/400°F. Core the apples and cut in half, place them cut sides up in a shallow baking dish and drizzle 1 tsp lemon juice over the apples.  Combine maple sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; sprinkle cut sides of apples with this mixture. Pour maple syrup in bottom of dish. Cover with foil, and bake 15 minutes. Uncover, and bake 15 minutes more, or until apples are tender.   Pour the syrup from the baking dish into a small pan and stir in remaining 1 tsp. lemon juice. Bring to a boil and cook for a few minutes until sauce is thickened, whisking constantly. Stir in walnuts. Spoon sauce over apples, and serve warm. Just as delicious with our without the cashew cream, but when its winter and everyone desires a little extra ‘sweet’ this is a perfect topping.

Orange Cashew Cream

1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight

3 tbsp. water

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Grated zest of ½ orange

Drain the cashews, place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy adding a little more liquid if necessary, using water or syrup depending on the sweetness you desire. Let the cream chill in the fridge for at least one hour to thicken.

Place the apples in a pretty dish, top with some cashew cream and drizzle the syrup/walnut mixture over the top.  These are simply delicious.

I also vary this recipe and use blanched almonds on occasion and switch the orange to lemon zest.  Be creative and find your favourites.  Wholefoods nutrition is the key not only to satiety but to overall health.

In good health

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