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T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
Halloween Apple Lanterns


  • 6 red apples
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp date paste
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup oil-free granola


  • 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  • 2. Cut the top off of each apple.
  • 3. Scoop out the insides with a spoon or melon baller. Make sure the walls are thick.
  • 4. Carefully, carve the face of the lantern to make the eyes and mouth.
  • 5. Melt the peanut butter in a saucepan until soft and smooth.
  • 6. In a bowl, combine the melted peanut butter with the date paste and pumpkin spice.
  • 7. Fill the apples with peanut butter mix and put the apple tops back on.
  • 8. Bake the apples on a baking sheet for 10 minutes.
  • 9. Spoon the granola into the apples and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • 10. Serve immediately.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. To minimize the fat content in this recipe, replace the peanut butter with powdered peanut butter.
  • 2. For a nut free alternative, use SunButter instead.
  • 3. Use the apple carvings to make applesauce or “Red Beet Applesauce”
  • 4. I recommend honey crisp or pink lady apples for this recipe.

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