Using a spoon or paring knife, remove the apple core, creating a well in the center and leaving ½” of the bottom/base intact.
In a small bowl, combine pecans, dried apricots and cinnamon – stir gently.
Pour in maple syrup and stir until pecans and dried apricots are coated.
Spoon an equal amount of mixture into apples.
Fill a small baking dish with ¼ inch of water, place apples in dish and tent foil over top.
Bake 30 minutes, remove foil and continue baking for 5-10 minutes, or until the apples are tender, but not mushy.
Nuts, dried fruit, and spices fill these soft and luscious baked apples. Experiment with different varieties of apples, we like Gala, Jonagold and McIntosh. You can mix and match the dried fruit, spices and nuts to create your favorite combination. Serve warm with a dollop of Greek yogurt on top.
Any dried, unsweetened fruit can be used in place of the apricots. Use any nut and try different combinations of your favorite spices.
2tablespoonschopped unsweetened dried apricots