‘Baked’ granola apples

Photo by Mitch Mandel

If you’ve ever woken early for a race or long run, you know how hard it can be to eat well in the pre-dawn hours. Maybe you aren’t hungry yet, or race nerves make you queasy. This quick, easy breakfast will fuel you for an early run without weighing you down – plus you can easily make it at the office or in a hotel room if you have a microwave to hand.


‘Baked’ granola apples

Serves 4

2 large crisp apples, halved and cored

2 tbsp chopped dried tart cherries

1 tbsp light brown sugar

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

4 tsp butter

60g granola


1/ Arrange the apple halves in a microwavable dish, cut-side up.

2/ Top each half with cherries and sugar.

3/ Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Dot with the butter.

4/ Cover the apples with a microwavable lid. Microwave on high for four minutes or until tender.

5/ Transfer the apples to serving bowls. Sprinkle with granola. Drizzle any juices in the cooking dish on top.


Nutrition per serving: 181 kcals, 29g carbs, 5g fibre, 2g protein, 7g fat


Recipe taken from Runner’s World: Meals on the Run (Rodale).