Hasselback Apples

Have you ever heard of hassleback potatoes? What about hassleback apples? If you haven’t ever tried them, you should definitely add them to your list of desserts to try. They were awesome, and relatively healthy. It seems like I’ve been on an apple kick lately, but it’s mostly behind the scenes, believe it or not, I don’t post everything we eat ????. Here’s how to make them-

Preheat oven to 400°. Take 2 apples, cut in half vertically and hollow out in the center. Starting on outer edge cut almost all the way down to center. Continue to cut every 1/8-1/4 inch all the way across the apple. This takes a little time, so be patient. Set apples in a 9×9 pan. Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. A natural sweetener would work just fine here as well. Combine and brush across the top of the apples. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake about 20 minutes. Remove full and continue to bake 10 to 15 minutes, into apples are tender. Remove from oven. Next, combine 2 tablespoons brown sugar (again, a natural sweetener would work well here also), 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons oats, 2 teaspoons flour and a dash of salt. Your apples should be soft and pliable at this point. Fan them out and add the topping.

Return to the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. If you want the topping to be golden broil it for a few minutes. If you do decide to broil it, don’t walk away, trust me on this ????. It starts to burn pretty easy. I ate mine with a nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, which is actually really good (surprisingly). My oldest came home, after they had cooled and just popped the whole one in his mouth. How can he even appreciate did when he eats it like that?!? He did say it was really good though, so he must have tasted it at some point.

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