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Peanut Butter-Filled Baked Apples

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Contributed by Earthbound Farm

Servings: 6
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
6 organic apples
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup miniature marshmallows

Directions:
For Parents: Preheat your oven to 350°. Grease the bottom of a large baking dish. Core each apple, making sure NOT to cut out the bottom. This will give you a "pocket" in each apple.

For Kids: Mix the peanut butter, unsalted butter, raisins and miniature marshmallows together in a mixing bowl. Stuff each of the apples with an equal portion of this mixture. Don't worry about making a mess-that's half the fun of making this recipe! Place all of the apples in the baking dish.

For Parents: Bake apples for 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly on top; remove and cool.

This is a great autumn or winter recipe that kids find fun to make. With parental supervision/guidance, children as young as 3 can participate in the measuring and mixing of this recipe. Helping children develop an interest in cooking is a great way to boost burgeoning science, math and reading skills. Learning to follow directions, measure ingredients and "conduct" experiments in food are all practical ways to teach kids . . . without them even knowing it! It's also a great bonding experience for families that can give young people a positive impression of home cooking, a skill that's useful for a lifetime. When these delicious treats come out of the oven, kids are immediately rewarded with a job well done! Because these apples can be eaten warm or cold, they make an excellent choice for both after dinner desserts or school lunch snacks.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
230.7 calories; 12.9g fat (47.2 calories from fat); 6g protein; 26.6g carbohydrate; 5 cholesterol; 107mg sodium.

 

 *Vegan, *Gluten-Free