A comforting and warm, as well as simple, yet flavorful recipe that is bound to become a family favorite. Recipe developed by the Naked Food Chefs.

Chef’s Note:  For cancer patients you may skip the agave nectar / maple syrup.  Skip the walnuts if you have a nut allergy.

Yield: Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 large organic apples
  • 1/4 cup ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon anisette

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine vanilla and sweetener and mix well.  Mix in ginger, walnuts, cinnamon, and cloves. Let stand.
2. Cut apples crosswise ¼ from the top, and keep the top.  Core each apple and remove the stem and seeds. Squeeze a little lemon zest in each one.  If needed, trim the apple bottoms so that they sit steadily.  Place the apples upright in a baking dish.  Spoon the filling into hollow of each apple.
3. Fill the baking dish with enough water to form a 1/2-inch pool around the apples.  Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until apples are tender.
4. Transfer the apples to a serving plate. Pour the reaming liquid from the baking dish into a small saucepan.  Cook over a medium-high heat until it becomes syrupy, about 15 minutes. Drizzle the syrup over the top of each apple.  Top them with fresh cranberries, blueberries, or acai berries.