Healthy Snacks: Cinnamon Spiced Oven Roasted Fruit

November 9, 2015
Don’t you just love a refreshing piece of fresh fruit bursting with flavor and natural goodness? Alternating whiffs of autumn-inspired seasonings highlighting the perfectly balanced sweet tartness of crisp ripe apples, intermingling so very delicately with fresh pears bursting with flavor, and a little raspberry for an added layer of flavor. Delicious straight from the oven, sweet hot goodness. Delicious by themselves, as a side, even as a dessert. This recipe has all of the key ingredients needed for an amazing dish. Just one bite of this outstanding medley of flavors and you’ll enjoy perfection, at least I think so. Oven roasted- I need to mention the importance of oven roasting anything, it only enhances the natural goodness and brings out a richness that would otherwise would lay dormant. Personally I love oven roasting everything. You’re only adding more flavor and nuance to whatever it is that you’re creating. I wanted to share with you the reasons why I picked the particular fruits that I did. Pears and apples have various varieties. I tried several, and chose these particular ones because I think they individually bring outstanding characteristics to the dish. Let me share with you why I chose these particular fruits and some of their highly beneficial ingredients. Health benefits of apples: Gala Apples- are uniquely crisp tasting, containing vitamins C and A, and potassium. They are natural antioxidants that help to reduce the risk of cancer. They also contain fiber which helps to reduce blood pressure. Granny Smith Apples- are tarter than other varieties of apples. They are great for weight loss, full of fiber which helps to make you feel full longer. The tartness of this particular apple makes it great for breaking down bacteria in the mouth. After a meal, snack on a granny smith apple, to help keep your mouth as clean and fresh as possible. Cloves- are an excellent source of manganese and Vitamins K and C. They are great for treating dental disorders, and helpful for the proper functioning of the heart and stomach. They also boost memory and blood circulation. They also have antiseptic properties that help to fight bodily infections. Try this oven roasted fruit dish and simply enjoy, offering you a momentary repose from your hectic day :)
Healthy Snacks: Cinnamon Spiced Oven Roasted Fruits

Healthy Snacks: Cinnamon Spiced Oven Roasted Fruit

Recipe Type: Sweets
utensils YIELDS 4-6 servings
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  • 2 Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 Gala Apples
  • 2 Korean Pears
  • 1 Anjou Pear
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Raspberries
  • ½ cup Mixed nuts (Walnut, pecan, and peanut)
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cloves
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1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 2. Peel and dice the apples and pears. Place the apples and pears in a casserole dish, cut side up. 3. Place the raspberries on top. 4. Then add ½ cup of mixed nut mixture over the top. I purchased a pecan, walnut, and peanut mix pre-chopped, ready to go. Feel free to chop your own. 5. Mix the coconut sugar, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon together in a bowl and sprinkle on top. 6. Bake for 20 minutes or until tender. 7. Sprinkle with the orange juice. 8. Heat the broiler and place the fruit about 5 inches below the heat and broil for 5 minutes. 9. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Also by Alex: Pumpkin Martini
Nutmeg Spiced Pumpkin Soup
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Alexandra Kudukis is a freelance journalist currently writing for Dirva, Draugas News, and Draugas Newspapers, contributing articles in both English and Lithuanian. She began her informal journalistic training at the tender age of four when she began attending concerts with her mother’s best friend Jane Scott, the premier rock music reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Everything she knows from the structure of a good article to conducting an engaging interview- including how to be gracious and kind even in the most difficult of situations, she learned from Jane. She has completed her first novel, a dynamic struggle of a woman letting go of childhood dreams while attempting to balance a horric home life and burgeoning career. Alexandra has also just completed her first full-length screenplay chronicling the young adult lives of children from Eastern European families, misfits trying (and failing) to find success as first generation Americans. She has an M.P.A. from Cleveland State University, which has provided her a broad base on which to base her career.Her blog details the trials and triumphs of an aspiring writer. She studied German and Russian as an undergraduate and loves to travel. Alexandra currently resides in Fountain Valley, CA with her animal companions, two cats Isabella and Victoria and Pierre, a rescue pigeon.


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