8 medium to large apples
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ cup dried unsweetened cranberries or raisins
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp finely ground sea salt
2 tbsp chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup + 3 tbsp water, divided
Vegan vanilla ice-cream
Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) degrees
Wash and carefully core the apples with a paring knife. Scrape the bottom of the core out with a spoon, making sure that you don’t put a hole in the bottom of the apple.
In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, walnuts, cranberries or raisings, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, vegan butter, and 3 tbsp (45 ml) of water. Use your hands to mix it together, pressing the butter into the oats until it becomes sticky.
Put the apples in a deep baking dish and pour one cup of water in the pan. Liberally spoon the filling into the apples to the top and cover the pan with foil.
Bake for approximately one hour, or until fork tender. Serve warm and top with vanilla ice-cream if desired.