Baked Pink Ladies with Cinnamon, Almond and Maple Ricotta

I have a new crusade: Creating recipes which I can eat at any time of the day. Food rules make me feel a bit claustrophobic, so having a few recipes up my winter woolie sleeve that are non-meal specific means I can eat what I when I want and not give it a second thought. This recipe was born of this desire. For all intents and purposes looks like a dessert, but yesterday I had it for breakfast, and the day before I had it as e pre-gym snack to fuel me for a killer work out. So I think that is a win for the non-conformist recipe concept. Vive la Revolution.

The key trait I look for in a meal or snack is a good protein concept. This is because, in general, carbohydrates and fat in a meal just happen, however, particularly at breakfast, a good source of protein needs a bit more planning. Why protein? Well, despite what the supplement companies tell you, it's not the silver bullet to getting 'ripped as', however it does help in keeping full, maintaining/losing weight,  assisting in muscle development and recovery and plays a number of important immune and structural roles within our body. And in winter all of these things become a lot more critical as it is the time of year when immune function is compromised, and too, our waist lines.

For me ricotta is a bit of a stand out due to it being rich in whey protein- great for muscle development and recovery in conjunction with resistance training. It also has the benefit of being able to carry savoury and sweet flavours- another win for the omni-meal  recipe criteria.

So for this little beauty, I combined insulin sensitising and immune boosting cinnamon, fiber-licious and healthy fat laden almonds, sweet dates and mineral rich maple syrup (just a touch) to give me once super delicious, nourishing and healthy mouthful!

So now that I have described  this recipe in the most  indulgently superfluous manner, you will soon see just how bloody easy it is to make :)

2 Pink Lady apples

150g ricotta

1/4 cup crushed almonds

4 chopped medjool dates

1-2 tbs maple syrup

1 tsp cinnamon

Mix ricotta, almonds, dates, maple and cinnamon together.

Remove core from the apples and carefully hack out the bulk of the apple flesh to make two cups.

Stuff the ricotta mix into the 2 apples. Bake for 30ish min.

Done like a dinner! Or a dessert....or breakfast...or lunch.

Want to safe guard your health this winter and learn how to cook some other great recipes to keep you frighting fit this winter! Join me for a three hour Winter Workshop including cooking demonstration, goals setting and winter planning, group fitness session and a healthy lunch!

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