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Maple Baked Apples Vegan Gluten Free

Makes: 10 servings

A flavourful treat that brings together tangy apples, maple syrup, refreshingly tart cranberries and crunchy walnuts in a sensory feast.


  • 10 apples suitable for baking (we suggest Cortland or Gravenstein)
  • 10 tsp vegetable oil
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ⅓ cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • ⅓ cup + ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • ¾ cup apple cider/juice or water


  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Wash apples well. Core each apple; this works best with an apple corer, if you have one. Then peel each apple only one-third of the way down. Arrange the apples in the pan. Place 1 tsp oil in the core of each apple.
  • Mix the brown sugar, walnuts, raisins/cranberries and cinnamon. Evenly fill the empty core of each apple, about 1 tbsp (15 mL) per apple. Any extra stuffing mixture may be added to the pan. Pour the apple cider/juice or water around the apples. Drizzle apples with ⅓ cup of the maple syrup.
  • Bake, uncovered in a shallow baking dish for about 45-60 minutes. Baste with the juices every 15 minutes. The apples should be cooked only until they are slightly puffed and tender. Check after 30 minutes; the cooking time will vary according to the ripeness of the fruit.
  • Allow the apples to stand for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or chilled. Drizzle with remaining maple syrup (¼ cup) just before serving.
  • Option: serve with vanilla yogurt or ice-cream.
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