Baked Apples Stuffed with Cinnamon Oat Crisp (Vegan)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare the apples by slicing off the very tops, then using a melon baller to scoop out the core, scooping out up to the seeds of the apple (scoop those out too). Set aside in a baking dish upright. Remember not to go right through, since the filling needs something to sit in.
Mix the oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut sugar and salt. If using the pecans, you can stir them in now. Once combined, stir in the coconut oil until it becomes a crumble/crisp texture. You can use a fork or your hands to combine. You want it moist, not too crumbly, so you can pack it together between your fingers.
Add the stuffing to the centre of the apples, packing tightly and leaving some on top too. If using pecans, ensure none of them are exposed on top else they'll burn.
Bake for 35 minutes in the oven. Remove from oven and test the softness of the apple - you want the outside to be soft and wrinkled, and the inside soft yet still crisp. You can bake for an extra 5 minutes if you want them even softer.
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