We love our recipes easy and we love them quick, but when Sarah Ashley Schiear shared this dessert recipe from her recent fashion-forward Friendsgiving, we recognized this recipe as down right naughty. Enjoy this food-gasmic fall dessert recipe, then see the rest of the dinner party spread here.

After the last course of our Friendsgiving with blogger Danielle Bernstein, we invited everyone into the kitchen where we presented a platter of roasted apples fresh from the oven. Danielle poured salted caramel over the apples, and Sarah followed up with vanilla ice cream and a brown butter-almond crumble topping. Everyone grabbed a fork and dug in!

We came up with a healthier version of our dessert recipe exclusively for The Chalkboard Mag. It still feels naughty… but it’s not!

Warm, baked apples fresh from the oven are topped with a maple-almond sauce you’ve got to taste to believe, vanilla frozen yogurt, and crunchy toasted almonds. Perfect for fall dinners, especially Thanksgiving…

Naughty (But Vegan) Baked Apples


For the baked apples:
8 Honeycrisp apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp brown or coconut palm sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 tsp cornstarch
½ tsp kosher salt
vanilla frozen yogurt
maple-almond sauce, recipe below
toasted almonds, recipe below

For the maple-almond sauce:
¾ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup almond butter
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp Maldon sea salt

For the toasted almonds:
1 tsp coconut oil
⅓ cup raw almonds, chopped
1 tsp brown or coconut palm sugar
sprinkle of Maldon sea salt


For the baked apples:
Preheat oven to 425F. Toss all ingredients except frozen yogurt, maple-almond sauce and almonds in a large bowl until apples are coated. Transfer to a baking sheet or dish and bake for about 30 minutes, tossing once or twice in between, until apples are soft and golden.

For the maple-almond sauce:
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat; whisk until melted and combined. (Depending on the texture of your almond butter, you may want to blend the sauce in a blender to smooth it.) Serve warm.

For the toasted almonds:
Melt coconut oil in a small skillet; add almonds and sugar and cook over medium heat, stirring, until toasted. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.

Serve the warm baked apples with maple-almond sauce, frozen yogurt and toasted almonds.

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  1. This recipe looks absolutely amazing. Will definitely try it next week, thank you!

    creativelychristine | 11.21.2014 | Reply
    • Let us know how it turns out, Christine!

      The Chalkboard | 11.24.2014 | Reply

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