The only thing I love more than these cheesecake stuffed apples is sleep. And avocados. But you already knew that.
Therein lies the irony of this post: I am currently avoiding my very favorite activity by staying up way past my nine o’clock bedtime, writing this post with a hot mug of sugar cookie sleigh ride tea at my bedside. However, I do not regret it one single bit. Now if you ask me that very same question again tomorrow morning, I may be inclined to respond differently.
Despite my inclination to go to bed early and get a good night’s rest on this lovely Sunday night, I am way to wound up. My best friends and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to the movies tonight and see The Girl on the Train. An excellent decision might I add. Earlier in the year, my book club (yes, I am that nerd who runs a book club) read the novel together, and we all deemed The Girl on the Train the best book of the year. Of course the book was better than the film, but we book lovers know that that is always the case.
After returning home from the movie, my mind is wandering, and for once in my life, I have a longing to write. (Although after spell-checking and rereading what I have written, I don’t know if I would define it as writing or simply rambling about whatever is on my sleep deprived mind.)
Occasionally I do have my late night epiphanies. For these rare moments, I have dedicated a special notes section on my phone designated, “Nightly Wisdom.” Looking at the list so far, I’ve only jotted down toast and banana bread. Definitely not wisdom; just late night impatience for breakfast to come.
Which leads me back to the topic of this long-winded post: Cheesecake Stuffed Apples. These filled fruits are the dessertiest breakfast you will ever be able to eat without feeling like you need to crawl into bed and hibernate until spring. They are also the cutest and tastiest breakfast of them all. Have I convinced you yet with all of my -est superlatives? Just to be certain, I would like you all to know that you readers are the bestest supporters, and you better prove that to me by making the yummiest cheesecake stuffed apples.
- 6 medium sized apples, hollowed out with a melon baller
- 4 oz greek yogurt cream cheese
- 6 oz fage plain greek yogurt
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Purely Elizabeth granola for topping
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Place hollowed apples onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the apples begin to soften.
- Allow apples to cool for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, make the cheesecake filling by beating the cream cheese, yogurt, maple syrup, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
- Spoon the cheese cake mixture evenly into the cooled apples and serve with your favorite granola.