• 4 red apples, such as Cortland
  • 1 3/4 cup granola with oats, no sugar
  • 7 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • Baking cups, jumbo size (optional)
  • Baking sheet
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Melon baller
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Parchment baking paper
  • Paring knife
  • Serving dish/dishes
  • Spatula
  • Spoon

Your sweet Sproutlet will love helping you begin work on this recipe by choosing beautiful red baking apples like a Cortland. McIntosh apples will also work well, but tend to soften when cooked and will not hold their shape as well. Red Delicious apples are not recommended for baking.

  1. Cut each of the apples in half from the stem down. Trim the seeds out but leave in the core, it will keep the apple sturdier during baking.
  2. To carve, lay each apple on cutting board flat side down, red curved side up. Use a paring knife to cut the shape of a heart into the apple.
  3. Use a melon baller to carve out the heart shape that you outlined. Hollow out and scrape to form a thick bowl as if carving a pumpkin. Save the edible pieces that you cut out.
  4. Chop up the pieces that you removed from the apples, trimming off the peel, and put into a mixing bowl.
  5. Add melted butter, granola, 5 tablespoons sugar, flour, milk, and cinnamon and mix by hand to create the dough filling.
  6. Place the dough filling into the heart that you carved with your fingers. Shape dough filling into a heart.
  7. Place in jumbo baking cups (optional) on parchment on a baking sheet.
  8. Top with the remaining raw sugar, bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until tops are golden.
  9. Cool and serve to your favorite Valentine just to show them that you care on this lovingly special day!