Baked Caramel Apple Cups

Hi. My name is Hallie, and I am addicted to Pinterest. Phew, that felt good to get off my chest. Seriously, with wedding planning, my love for crafting, and my Paleo cooking projects, I just cannot get enough of that site. It is sort of like a sickness, but it feeds my creative soul, so that makes it okay. Right? Now, I am a trial and error kind of person. I like to do something first and then problem solve and fix it afterwards. Shep has seen this first-hand with almost all of my crafting ideas. It is just how I roll. But because of that, I also have quite the fondness for PInterest Fails. Seriously…so hilarious.

So a recipe for these baked apples has been floating around Pinterest for the last week or so. Apples are in season now and the pictures are pretty, so it isn’t hard to figure out why this is such a popular pin. However, every one that I found linked to a recipe that A) would not come out looking like the picture, and B) was chock full of sugar and dairy. So I decided to play around with it and make it Paleo. Thankfully, I actually nailed it the first time around (huh, that never happens…) by keeping it as simple as humanly possible. Since so many people have responded to my posted picture, I decided to share it with the masses!

Baked Apple Cups

Baked Apples

Ingredients

2 apples of your choosing

1 Tbl Raw Honey

Cinnamon (to taste)

Vanilla almond milk ice cream* (Recipe below)

Caramel Sauce**(Recipe below)

Directions

To make apple:

1.       Preheat oven to 400.

2.      Use a knife to cut the top off of the apple, and put it to the side. Make sure to remove the stem if it doesn’t just fall out.

3.       Use a spoon and hollow out the core of the apple. Leave about a ½ inch rim of apple around the outside by the skin.  Make sure not to poke a hole in the bottom of the apple! If you do not like the skin of your apple, go ahead and peel it off at this point. I left mine on because I happen to like the skin, but to each his own!

4.       Melt your raw honey over a stove top. Pour half of the honey into each apple. Use the backside of your spoon to push the honey up the sides. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the honey. Also spread a little honey/cinnamon onto the apple top that you have cut off.

5.      Put the top back on the apple, and wrap fully in aluminum foil.

6.       Once the oven is ready, shake the apple a little bit (to make sure the honey/cinnamon are spread throughout) and put in the oven.

7.       Cooking Times: For a cooked, but not mushy apple, I cooked mine for 15 minutes, making sure to take them out at 5 minute intervals to turn them. If you want a more fully cooked apple texture (melt in your mouth mushy…), leave them in for 20-25 minutes, turning them ever so often.

To make almond milk ice cream:

Combine 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 Tbl melted raw honey, and 1 tsp vanilla in a bowl.l Cover well and put into the refrigerator until you are ready to make ice cream. Put into an ice cream maker for 10-20 minutes until it is the consistency of ice cream. Want to get a little crazy? Add some cinnamon to the mixture as well to really tie in well with the apples. Mind. Blown.

To make caramel sauce:

I used a recipe from the site Living Healthy with Chocolate. It is amazing!! Just be careful and keep stirring it constantly so that it does not burn! Go ahead and make your own: Paleo Caramel Sauce. 

Put it together:

Once apple is done, use the spoon to spread out any honey that settled in the bottom without burning yourselves on the hot apple. Put ice cream in the middle, top with caramel and enjoy!!

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