The Baked Apple Recipe From 'The Big Fat Truth'
Eating a healthy plant-based diet doesn't mean giving up dessert. And, as this recipe for baked apples with cashew cream and granola topping proves — straight from Z Living's newest original series The Big Fat Truth — plant-based desserts can be delicious, too.
On The Big Fat Truth, the types of food that participants choose can be a huge hurdle to tackling their weight problems. Switching to a whole food plant-based diet, as each person does in the show, can be one of the healthiest decisions you can make. Curious about trying a plant-based diet yourself? This dessert recipe is an easy, healthy, and nutritious first step.
- 3 apples
- 1 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked for 2 hours in water (or, substitute sliced almonds)
- ½ cup filtered water, plus more to taste
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp of natural vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- Granola topping
- Drain the cashews, and discard the soaking water.
- Pour the fresh ½ cup filtered water into the blender, and add the soaked cashews (or another nut substitute), maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Blast on high for 30-60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a sealed container and place in the fridge and chill for a few hours to thicken. The cream will keep in the fridge for about five days.
- While you are waiting for the cream to thicken, prepare the apples. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Core the apples and slice in half. (You can peel off or leave the skin on, it’s a matter of personal preference!)
- Place the apples on a baking dish and put them in the oven for about 30-40 minutes. Once the apples get soft and start to brown, remove from the oven.
- Pour a spoonful of cashew cream onto each piece and top with granola for an extra crunch.