Baked Apple Hazelnut Wedges

October 16th, 2012 at 12:12 pm
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Ever wish you could pack the flavor and texture of old-fashioned apple crisp into a less indulgent treat that took half the time to prepare? Then today’s your wish come true.

I’m not the least bit shy about proclaiming my love for apples every chance I get. Although apples work their way into my cooking year round, they take center stage in the autumn when I just can’t help myself from picking up a few of each kind at the store. These Baked Apple Hazelnut Wedges couldn’t be simpler to make and truly encapsulate the flavor of apple crisp into a treat healthy enough to serve for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Coated in a mixture of ground hazelnuts, cinnamon, ginger, and salt, the apple slices soften as they bake but not so much that they turn into sauce. The resulting wedges are warm and tender, a little crispy, and a whole lot of delicious.

The best part? You can have these out of the oven and in your mouth in under 20 minutes.

So what do you serve with these wonderful wedges? If I’m being honest, I’m into simple food these days. With many other fun things occupying my time, I enjoy cooking so much more if I don’t stress over preparing big, elaborate recipes and instead just go the simple route. (It often turns out to be healthier, too.)

With these wedges, I like to keep it easy and go with a little coconut milk and maple syrup drizzled on top. (But who’s to say you couldn’t add a scoop of dairy-free Vanilla Macadamia Ice Cream?)

Until I started looking for them, I didn’t realize that raw hazelnuts can sometimes be a little tricky to find. Most natural food stores sell them in the bulk bins (that’s where I get mine), but if your store doesn’t have bulk bins, look for raw hazelnuts in the baking aisle next to the other nuts. And if you can’t find them, substitute almonds or pecans instead.

Fruit and nuts are the perfect dynamic duo when it comes to snacks and desserts. If you’re looking for more fruit and nut recipes, you might also like these:

 

Baked Apple Hazelnut Wedges

Serves 2

1/2 cup raw hazelnuts

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 large organic apple, such as Gala, Fuji, or Pink Lady

1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil, melted

Coconut milk and Grade B maple syrup, for serving (optional)

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set a wire rack on top.

In a food processor or coffee/spice grinder, process the hazelnuts until they are finely ground. Place them in a shallow bowl and whisk in the cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Place the melted coconut oil in a separate small bowl.

Cut the apple into 8 wedges. Cut into each wedge on an angle to remove the little sliver of core. Dip each wedge in the coconut oil, then in the hazelnut mixture to coat. Arrange the coated wedges on the wire rack, placing them cut side down.

Bake for 10 minutes. Using a tongs, gently flip the wedges and continue baking for another 5 minutes. Serve the apple wedges warm drizzled with coconut milk and maple syrup.

 

 

Comments

  1. Got my in the oven right now!! Smells yummy!!

  2. Ok, this might be a silly question, but I’m not particularly skilled in the cooking area, so I’m going to ask it: when you say “cut side down,” do you mean the little narrow piece that used to be connected to the core of the apple? And then you would flip it onto its back? Or do you mean one of the cut sides and then flip to the other side?

    Thanks! These sound really good and I’m excited to try making them!

  3. Tara: No question is a silly question. :) Place it down on one of the cut sides, then flip it to the other cut side. (See how they are shown in the picture. Imagine placing it on the wire rack like that, then flipping it to the other side.) Enjoy!

  4. Wow, baked apple wedges, now why didn’t I think of that? Can’t wait to try this recipe! Pinned, shared on Facebook and adding to my MMM Must-Make-Monday series :)

  5. Melissa Maximnuk said on December 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I love them! So easy to make ta boot too! :) I look forward to checking out your blog all the time :)

  6. I absolutely LOVE baking with apples. I’m always looking for new apple recipes. I think I will include these on my Christmas party menu. Thanks for sharing :)

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