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Fall arrives this month, making it a great time to bake something scrumptious and healthy. A few popular baking apples include Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. No matter which you choose, all apples are full of fiber and antioxidants and have fewer than 100 calories. Apples are also good for people dealing with high cholesterol and a history of heart disease. Try this recipe for an indulgent, but healthy autumn-inspired dessert. – Jill Meredith

Luscious Baked Apples

  • 2 large baking apples
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp. raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 c. apple juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove most of apples’ cores with an apple corer, leaving a little fruit intact at the bottom of each to hold the filling.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, pecans and dried fruit. Place apples in an 8-by-8-inch square baking pan. Stuff each apple with the mixture. Top each apple with half of the butter and add the apple juice to the pan. Bake 30-40 minutes until apples are tender, but not mushy. Remove from the oven. Spoon the accumulated pan juices over the apples and serve.

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