I used to make baked apples for my 11 year-old when she was a toddler. She’s always been my “selective” eater, and when I picked up on the fact that there was another food that she was keen on, I quickly jumped on board. My baked apples have come a long way from then; back in the day I’d slice an apple, sprinkle it with cinnamon and throw it in the microwave. Today’s new recipe is a “grown up” version of the tried and true favorite.

Baked apples stuffed with oatmeal are a deliciously seasonal dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, after school, sent in lunches or even as dessert. Top them with a dollop of nut butter or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The hardest part is hollowing out the apples, and the rest of the prep takes minutes and leaves your home smelling super fall-like. 


How to hollow out the apples:

First off, you can definitely core these if you prefer. The only issue is that you then have a hole that goes all the way through the apple. I prefer to hollow out the apple to leave a wider opening for the yummy filling. After a few tries, I found myself much quicker. There is a definite learning curve, but it’s quick, I promise.

  • Picture your apple as a pumpkin for carving purposes.
  • Use a knife to cut around the top of the stem. Make a “circle”, keeping in mind that you want to remove as much of the core as you can.
  • Go around a second time if you need to and try to push the “circle” out with your knife. I also tried to use a spoon (after cutting with the knife) and this worked well, too.

About the recipe:

  • Feel free to swap out the raisins for pecan pieces, and swap the raisins for unsweetened dried coconut if you prefer.
  • I use my pie dish to bake them in since it helps them not roll around. 
  • The “granola” makes too much for the stuffing. Save it and serve it with the apples once they are baked.

A recipe for baked apples stuffed with a gluten free filling. A delicious fall food.

Baked Apples Stuffed with Oatmeal
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 257 kcal
Author: Kiran Dodeja Smith
Ingredients
  • 5-6 apples tops hollowed out
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil melted
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup plus more if desired
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix oats, raisins, walnuts, coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Hollow out the tops of the apples and place in a baking dish (see notes). Fill apples with oatmeal mixture, stuffing in as best as you can. Drizzle a few drops of maple syrup on top of oatmeal if desired. Loosely place a piece of foil over the tops of the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
  3. Serve warm as is, or with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of nut butter.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Apples Stuffed with Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 297mg8%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 7.3mg9%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Interestingly enough, some of my kids actually liked these better cold vs. hot. I’m a warm apple girl! Either way, I hope you love these baked apples stuffed with oatmeal as much as we do! 

Other fall recipes you may enjoy

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Baked Apples Stuffed with Oatmeal. A delicious apple recipe that's perfect for fall and free of refined sugars.


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