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Sweet and Tart Baked Apples

A wholesome plant-based dessert that compliments any savory meal, especially when paired with Chef AJ’s Pear Whipped Cream.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
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  • 4 apples
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 dates, pitted, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Nut Milk or store-bought plant-based milk
  • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Wash and slice apples in half, along core. Scoop out the core with a melon baller or spoon.
  3. In a small bowl, mix maple syrup, nuts, chopped dates, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and nut milk until oats are moist and mixture is crumbly.
  4. Spoon one heaping tablespoon into each apple core and place apples in a glass-baking dish.
  5. Pour 1 cup of water around the apples. Cover in foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove foil and baste apples with juices from the pan. Continue to bake, uncovered, for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until apples are tender but not mushy.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.