I couldn’t head into October with only a pumpkin recipe and nary an apple recipe in sight! What would the dogs think? What would the apples think?
Apples are abundant in autumn and I love sharing them with Opie as a healthy snack, filled with vitamin C, vitamin A and lots of fibre! I typically feed them to him as steamed slices or in a smoothie, but this year I decided to make something a little cozier that would satisfy both of our fall themed cravings. And that it did. Enjoy this treat for your dog, body and soul.
- 4 Gala, Honeycrisp or Spy apples (always aim for organic if possible)
- 1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil melted
- 2 tbsps chopped nuts (I used almonds but you can choose to use walnuts (English), pecans, cashews, peanuts or a mix)
- ⅓ cup of gluten free oats
- ¼ tsp alcohol free vanilla
- 1 tbsp raw local honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- pinch of good quality sea salt
- Set your oven to 400
- Before coring apples, remove the stem and slice off the top to make flat. Share the tops with your doggo. Then flip over apples, take a sharp pairing knife and cut out the centre of the apple- ensure all seeds have been discarded
- Mix together the filling: oats, sea salt, spices, nuts, oil or ghee and choice of unrefined sweetener
- Move the apples to a baking dish and stuff them with the mixture.
- Fill the baking dish with 1/2 cup of hot water
- Cover apples with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes. Baste the apples with the water every 5-10 minutes. Uncover the apples for the last 5 minutes.
- The apples should be tender to pierce with a fork when finished.
- Let cool until warm- optional to serve with drizzled almond butter and unsweetened coconut flakes, bee pollen or a daily dosage of CBD.
- For the dogs, be sure the apple is cooled sufficiently, and mash it up with a fork before serving.
- Lastly, enjoy sharing nutritious local foods with your booboos. Happy Fall y'all.