Steamed Stuffed Almond Currant Apples

These Steamed Stuffed Almond Currant Apples from the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen are a healthy recipe makeover of a grandmother’s favorite. The steamed apples are stuffed with nut butter, spices, and currants. They’re delicious, simple, and sugar-free. These can be served cold or warm. If you want them warm, make sure to keep them in the oven until dessert time.

Traditional Stuffed Apples

A staple winter delicacy, traditional stuffed apples are usually made with a lot of butter and white sugar, with some variations also featuring chocolate or nuts.

Nut Butter Is the New Butter

Not only are they incredibly flavorful, nut butters are actually healthy too. Simply put, they are made from raw nuts that have been blended down into a smooth and velvety paste, keeping all of the essential fatty acids and nutrients in the nuts. Make sure to look for options that list only nuts and possibly salt in the ingredients – you don’t want any added oils or sugars. I like this creamy one with a subtle roasted taste.
Nut butters are a staple at my house and I use them as flavor and nutrient-boosters to many breakfasts, lunches, and desserts. To read even more on nut butters, here’s an article explaining the benefits from almond, peanut, and cashew butter. Try sunflower seed butter or tahini if you have nut allergies in your household.

About This Healthier Stuffed Apples Recipe

These Steamed Stuffed Almond Currant Apples are a quick and easy dessert recipe that tastes like fall and nutty caramel thanks to the nut butter and maple syrup. It is also dairy-free, grain-free, and sugar-free.

The apples are soft and tender and spiced with warm notes of cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. The currants add an additional note of sweetness and a bit of texture.

There are only a few simple ingredients in this recipe and they are all the right ones – there is no  processed food in this recipe. This is a sweet treat that you can go for seconds with none of the guilt.

About the Ingredients in This Stuffed Apples Recipe

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Apples: Eating an apple a day might actually keep the doctor away as apples are brimming with nutrients, including vitamins C, E, and A, fiber, folate, and antioxidants. Leaving the apples unpeeled increases the fiber content. Cooked apples also work as a great low-calorie and low-fat snack for an upset stomach.

Almond butter: Apart from being rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, almonds are also a great source of magnesium and selenium – two essential minerals for mental health. These minerals play a key role in the production of serotonin – the brain hormone that makes us feel happy and serene.  Here is a smooth and delicious almond butter that works well with this recipe.  
Raisins/Currants: Packed with B vitamins, iron, copper, and antioxidants, these high-quality dried black sulphur free raisins  are great for this recipe as they give the apples both sweetness and tartness, as well as a chewy bite. In a pinch, you could also use raisins or sultanas.

Baked Apples Tips

Here are some tips for these Steamed Stuffed Almond Currant Apples

  • Add more texture: add chopped walnuts/hazelnuts or a few tablespoons of homemade granola to the filling
  • Make ahead: prep and stuff the apples and cover with aluminum foil. Place in the fridge until you’re ready to bake
  • Serve with a twist: instead of ice-cream, serve the apples with a dollop of non-dairy soy or coconut yogurt for a bit of sweet tang.

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Apple Pistachio Cake: This is a kosher-for-Passover recipes that could also work for Rosh Hashanah or any Shabbat.

Jewish Honey Cake: This vegan cake is oil free and has honey alternatives for vegans.

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Steamed Stuffed Almond Currant Apples Recipe

  • Author: Jewish Food Hero Kitchen

Description

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Serves 8

 


Scale

Ingredients

8 medium Gala apples (or any baking apple) 

2 ½ tablespoons peanut or almond butter 

2 ½ tablespoons maple syrup

¼ cup currants or raisins

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

1 teaspoon ground cloves 

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon plus more for garnish

½ cup apple juice


Instructions

 

  1. Using an apple corer, completely core each apple. Then, remove ¼-inch from the bottom of each core. Set this piece aside.

  2. Make 6 vertical cuts around the top of the apple.

  3. Reinsert the 1/4-inch core piece to fit into the bottom of each apple to act as a plug.

  4. To make the filling, in a small bowl, use a fork to mix together the nut butter and maple syrup and stir in the currants.

  5. Whisk the cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon to the almond butter mixture.

  6. To assemble, stuff each apple with a spoonful of the filling mixture and arrange the apples in a large skillet (make in two batches if needed).

  7. Pour the apple juice over the apples so it fills the bottom of the skillet.

  8. Cover and steam on medium heat for approximately 35 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Add a bit of water during the cooking process if the liquid runs too low.

  9. Serve hot or cold, with a scoop of non-dairy vanilla ice cream, if desired.


Notes

Optional:

Non-dairy vanilla ice cream

Tools:

Apple corer

Small bowl

Large skillet with lid

Serving dish

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