Baked Apples Recipe

About 2 years ago one of my sons decided that it was time for him to get serious and get back in shape. He has been a hockey player since he was young and also a referee, which means that he always got a lot of weekly exercises. But two things were missing, the first one was to include weight training every weeks and to eat healthier. His goal was to gain muscle, feel better and lose some weight. He got very serious about it and lost over 30 pounds. It was not always an easy road but he was persistent. Now weight training and feeding his body healthy food his part of his life. He did a lifestyle change and he said he would not go back to his old eating habits.

What became and still is part of his daily food intake is a smoothie. We always have frozen fruits in the freezer, he likes to add protein powder, bananas, milk and the most important: Greek yogurt. This is always on the grocery list. We go thru a lot of Greek yogurts.

Recently we had a 'Opa' moment when we tried the new Greek yogurt YOPA! The creaminess of this yogurt is pure joy to the palate and it does not leave an aftertaste in the mouth. It comes in five delicious flavours: Mmmm! Mango Tango, Lotta Pina Colada, Va-Va vanilla Bean, Ooh-la-la Strawberry Cheesecake, and Very Berry Lush. These names are delectable.

Great news for our family is that this Greek yogurt is made with real fruit, and contains no gelatin or artificial flavours and colours (a big plus for us).  Since my son his watching carefully what he eats we like the fact that it has only 80 calories per serving, 0% fat and double the protein than regular yogurt. It is important since he wants to increase his protein intake also.

Last weekend we went apple picking and I still have plenty of apples in the garage. I wanted to treat myself one afternoon and what better ways to enjoy a baked apples than with a perfectly rich Va-Va vanilla Bean Greek yogurt. It was the perfect pairing for my treat and low in calories!

Baked Apples

2 apple
6 Tbsps large flakes oats
2 Tbsps butter, melted
2 Tbsps whole wheat flour
4 tsp maple syrup
4 ml cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a bowl mix the melted butter, large flakes oats, whole wheat flour, maple syrup and cinnamon with a fork.

On a baking pan, place a parchemin paper. Cut apples in half and remove cores. Place the apples on the baking pan.

Divide the mix on top of each apples. Bake at 350F for 15 to 20 minutes until the apples are tender. Serve with Greek yogurt.

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