For the baked apples: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the inside of the hollowed out apples with the soft butter, and then coat with the sugar. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before filling with the fruit stew.
For the fruit stew
: In a large saucepan
the butter over medium-high heat. Add the fresh cranberries, sun-dried cranberries, apples, pears, peaches, plums, brown sugar and vanilla bean
. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the cranberry
juice and cook over a simmer
until the fruit is soft but not overcooked, 15 to 20 minutes. Take off the heat and stir in the banana
. Fill each of the apple cups with the fruit stew and top with the almond granola. Bake for 10 minutes.