Whole Apple Smash
recipe by sarah glover • photography by luisa brimble
4 golden delicious apples (or any good cooking apple)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup almond meal
1/3 cup pepitas and sunflower seeds
1/2 cup brown sugar (or agave nectar if you want it to be sugar free)
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, or to taste
1 cup coconut oil or butter, softened
good-quality yoghurt and raw honey
1: Light your fire and let it burn down until you obtain a medium heat. Using a corer or a paring knife, take out the core and some of the flesh to make a well in the middle of each apple. Don’t take it all the way to the base of the apple – just about two-thirds of the way though.
2: In a medium bowl, toss together the rolled oats, coconut, almond meal, seeds, sugar and cinnamon. Add the coconut oil or butter and mix until the oat mixture is well coated in the oil or butter. It should start to form a dough when you squish it in your hands. Stuff the apples with the oat filling and wrap them in foil.
3: Place the apples in the coals of the fire – try not to give them direct flame as it will burn the apple skin and not allow the apple flesh cook slowly. Cook for about 20 minutes, then check – when you open the foil the apple should be bubbling and soft. Pull from the fire and serve with yoghurt and honey.
Notes: I used to bake this in a preheated 190C oven (and of course you can do this too if you prefer) but now I’m a convert of smoky goodness I much prefer cooking it over an open fire. Having said that, you can still prep the apples the night before your trip. If you’re serving them as a dessert, try hiding a little chocolate in the middle of each one.