What comes to mind when you think of October? You probably envision fall colors, pumpkins, Halloween and warm sweaters. While these play a significant role this time of year, so do apples. In fact, October is National Apple Month. The celebration for this nutritious fruit began in 1904 and has stuck around ever since. With the amount of health benefits apples have to offer, you can see why they get their own month. They contain a good amount of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. But if you’re thinking about peeling the skin off that apple you brought for lunch, you may want to think twice. The skin is where the majority of all those nutrients are stored. In fact, when you consume an apple with its skin, you’re feeding your body a good source of fiber and vitamin C. According to studies, vitamin C protects the cells in your eyes from damage and also boosts your immune system. You may just find that an apple a day keeps the doctor away after all!
Now that you know all that apples have to offer, it’s time to put that knowledge to use and incorporate this fruit in your diet even more. Try these baked apples stuffed with cinnamon oatmeal. You can bake the apples to your desired texture and enjoy them for breakfast or an afternoon snack. This meal will not only fill your body with much needed nutrients, it’ll also fill your home with a sweet, delectable aroma. Sounds like a pretty delicious way to celebrate national apple month!
- 2 large red apples
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Core apples, leaving about an inch in diameter, and place in glass baking dish.
- In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, milk, walnuts, cinnamon and brown sugar. Stuff mixture into apples and place the remainder in the pan, surrounding the apples.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or for desired tenderness.