These baked apples were actually a treat I made for Justin and myself last fall. Back when I was eating protein ice cream on the regular. I was inspired by fall-recipes all over pinterest so I thought a healthy version of baked apples and ice cream would be a nice evening treat that day. Plus whenever I buy apples in the fall from Aldi I get a large bag of them…so they’re pretty much always around waiting to be used.
Looking back at old recipes definitely makes me want to try them again. I haven’t made these since, but they were SO good. They give you that warm-belly feeling that I love about certain fall or winter dishes. Just another reason to love this time of year.
Baked Apples with Vanilla Protein Ice Cream
a warm bowl of apple-pie flavored goodness without all the guilt. Fill a baked apple with healthy protein-packed Ice Cream and enjoy a perfect fall dessert.
For the Baked Apples
- 1 large apple
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp nutmeg
For the Ice Cream
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt** plain, nonfat
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp chopped pecans
- additional sprinkle of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cut the top off the apple and cut out the core. Leave the bottom 1/2 inch in tact.
Melt coconut oil and mix in the cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread over inside of the apples
Bake for 30-45 minutes
For the Ice Cream
While the apples bake, mix yogurt and protein powder together in a small bowl. Stick in the freezer until the apples are done, stirring around the 20 minute mark. Scoop it over the baked apples and top with pecans*
This recipe is for one serving, but you can easily multiply it for the number of apples you want to make. *The pecans on this would be really great toasted or sauteed in a little more coconut oil/cinnamon. But if time or dish-washing is a thing, plain ones are just fine! **For a dairy free version - try blending protein powder with a can of full fat coconut milk, divide into 4-5 containers and freeze using the same method as the Greek yogurt.