Baked Apples

When I make baked apples, I cook them two ways.  One method uses coconut milk which makes the apples slightly sweeter.  The second method uses butter and has a little nuttier flavor. 

Baked Apples…Two Ways

Ingredients:

4 Apples

1/2-3/4 cup coconut milk OR 1/2 stick of butter

Lots of cinnamon and/or Apple Pie Spice

Cut up apples and place aside. Heat coconut milk or butter in sauce pan. Add apples and spices and stir.  Cover pan and continue to cook over medium to low heat. Stir occasionally until apples are soft (15 to 20 minutes depending on type of fat used, and desired softness). If there is too much liquid in the bottom, uncover the apples and let the moisture cook out. If not enough liquid, just add a little more!

These apples are delicious as is, or paired with pork chops!

Here are a few of my favorite variations:

• Top with heavy whipping cream and touch of vanilla extract.

• Andy Deas’ Coconut Pudding: cook in 2 cups coconut milk until very tender.  Then toss the mix in the blender.  Leave in the fridge overnight and the result is a tasty coconut apple pudding!

• Add the baked apples to my pancake mixture (in place of bananas…see my last post!).

My favorite spice mix to add the flavor of this combo is Penzey’s apple pie spice.  Penzey’s has an array of quality spices, at an affordable price. I have ordered many different spices, and by far my favorites have been the apple pie spice and the cinnamon. I sprinkle the cinnamon on everything, but I especially love it on frozen blueberries. Penzey’s has about six different flavors of cinnamon! For the health benefits of cinnamon check out this post on Mark’s Daily Apple.

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Written by Katie

Katie DeLuca is a native of Durham and has been involved with sports for the majority of her life. In addition to playing basketball at both the high school and junior college level, she also has experience with Cross Country, volleyball, and softball. Although her hunger to compete is still strong, Katie yearned for more than what competitive sports had to offer, and after her 8th year of playing basketball, she made the transition from competitive athlete to coach. For the last five years, she has been under the tutelage of NorCal Strength and Conditioning gym owners and head coaches Robb Wolf and Nicki Violetti, honing her coaching skills and developing an ever increasing knowledge of fitness and nutrition. To help expand her knowledge of exercise and nutrition, Katie has attended several coaching seminars and has received numerous certifications, including: Paleo Solution Nutrition Certification through Robb Wolf, CrossFit Level 1 Certification, CrossFit Kids Certification, Olympic Weightlifting Certification through Catalyst Athletics, Kettle Bell Certification, and an ASEP Certification. To improve her understanding of barbell exercises, she worked with world-renowned strength and conditioning coach Mark Rippetoe and was featured in his bestselling DVD Starting Strength. With the goal to share her unique knowledge of exercise and nutrition with kids, DeLuca coached both basketball and volleyball summer camps, as well as helped train the Durham High School football team in strength and conditioning. Through her experience as an athlete and coach, she has developed a firm understanding of the Paleo diet, as well as zone requirements as it relates to weight loss and performance. And as a frequent contributor to the NorCal SC blog, she is always cooking up new Paleo friendly recipes to share with her clients and coaching staff. As a personal trainer, Katie maintains a positive attitude and keeps her clients performing at their best by programming challenging yet enjoyable workouts. With a keen eye for movement, she spends an ample amount of time dialing in technique, giving her clients the tools they need to reach their full potential. With a rich background in both competitive sports and general fitness, Katie is equipped with the necessary tools to coach a variety of clients. Whether your goal is to lose weight and get fit, or make gains in your respected sport, she is an excellent coach to have in your corner. Although Katie is currently working for her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology at Chico State, she is available in the morning and evening for private training sessions.

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2 Comments

  1. karina

    Sounds phenominal bug. gotta try it. Do you recommend these before or after running hill sprints?

  2. Katie D.

    I recommend them when trying to mass gain…or when watching a movie:)