This is a very nice treat. We really enjoyed this today. The sweet chestnut filling tastes lovely with the apple, and just a touch of sour with the agave citrus sauce.

Sauteed Apples Filled with Sweet Chestnut Puree

Serving Size: 4


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 cups prepared chestnuts, chopped
  • 2 apples
  • 1 tablespoon vegan margarine
  • 1 lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • pinch cinnamon


  1. Warm the water in a small saucepan.
  2. Add the vanilla and 2 tablespoons sugar as well as the chopped chestnuts.
  3. Cook the mixture on a low heat.
  4. Cut the apples in half, remove the seeds and core.
  5. Melt the vegan margarine in a frying pan.
  6. Place the apples, cut side down in the melted margarine and cook the apples for 10 minutes to soften.
  7. Puree the chestnuts to make a soft, smooth puree.
  8. Season to taste with a pinch of salt and possibly another tablespoon of sugar or agave.
  9. Remove the apples from the frying pan.
  10. Zest the outside of the lemon or lime and squeeze the juice.
  11. Mix the lemon and zest with the agave syrup.
  12. Add the 1 tablespoon of sugar to the pan and cook to caramelize the sugar.
  13. Return the apples to the pan and lightly dredge the apples through the caramelized sugar to coat the top of the apple. Place the apple on a plate to serve and dust with cinnamon.
  14. Fill the hollow where the core and seeds had been with the chestnut mixture.
  15. Drizzle the lemon zested syrup over the top or around the plate and serve warm.