One of my favorite Martin and Sylvia stories is “Living Room Camping”. I could hardly stop laughing through it, so tickled was I by the scene of the family creating a “campsite” in their own living room. In the story, Daddy burns his first version of the camping dinner as he uses the wood stove for the campfire. But he manages to salvage the dessert!
A little secret: before this story was written, my mom sent me a link to a luscious looking recipe. I forwarded the link to David along with a little question: “Don’t you think Martin and Sylvia would love this?” And lo and behold, there it was — a Martin & Sylvia version of the recipe tucked in the camping story! “Apples with Cinnamon Date Oat Nut Stuffing”!
In the Sparkle Kitchen, we whipped up an easy version of the recipe, cutting a step from the recipe-that-inspired-us by substituting granola for the special oatmeal mix.
Apples with Cinnamon Date Oat Nut Stuffing
4 apples that are good for baking (Cortland, Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp)
1½ cups of granola (We used Martin’s Favorite Granola.)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1½ cups rice milk
Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly oil the bottom of a 9×9 baking dish.
Wash and core the apples. Feel free to widen the hole in the center so you can fit lots of yummy granola in there.
Spoon the granola into the center of the apples, compressing it until the core is full. Sprinkle the rest of the granola around the apples in the base of the baking dish.
Pour the rice milk over the granola in the apples, as well as in the base of the pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the apples are easily pierced with a fork, and all of the rice milk is absorbed.
Serve with maple syrup and yogurt for breakfast or snack, or add a little whipped cream or ice cream for dessert.
Note: we did not test this recipe using the wood stove; just a conventional oven. But feel free to give it a try — and let us know if it really works!
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Lisabeth Sewell has worn many hats at Sparkle over the years, from Sparkle Kitchen Blogger to Editorial Director to Doer of All Odd Jobs. Her primary role is as CEO.