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Stuffed Baked Apples

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Prep Time: 15 mins    Cook Time: 30 mins

5 from 8 votes

Stuffed baked apples are so good during the fall and winter months and you only need 5 ingredients in total to make this delicious dessert. Along with the apples you need oats, butter, and cinnamon, along with brown sugar. Is your mouth watering yet? These tasty stuffed baked apples are real comfort food!

The best oatmeal baked apples on a dish on the table.
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This dessert is richly flavored, warming, and delicious and you can tweak the ingredients if you'd like to make the recipe your own, perhaps adding some berries or a dash of vanilla.

It's a super-simple recipe and there's nothing that can really go wrong. So, if you have some apples to use up and you're in the mood for something warm, sweet, and comforting, I know you're going to love these baked apples. You might also love this apple Danish or these fun caramel apple slices.

Main Ingredients

Have you made stuffed apples before? The recipe is really easy. Here are the main ingredients you're going to need:

  • Apples: The main ingredient. Wondering which apples are best for baking? You can choose from varieties such as Jonagold, Braeburn, Pink Lady, and Honeycrisp. Any firm-fleshed apple which won't disintegrate during baking would be fine here.
  • Rolled oats: For texture. These make the filling nice and chewy. You can use another type of oats although the consistency will be different. Instant oats will be very soft while steel-cut oats will be nuttier tasting and chewier.
  • Brown sugar: To add sweetness. Apples offer a delicious balance of sweet and tart flavors and the brown sugar of course adds more sweetness. You can use white sugar if you prefer or even your preferred artificial sweetener.
  • Cinnamon: For a warm, earthy taste. Everyone knows cinnamon pairs beautifully with apple. I've made stuffed baked apples with nutmeg before but I prefer the flavor of cinnamon.
  • Butter: For consistency and flavor. Butter helps hold the oat mixture together and also adds a rich taste. It doesn't matter too much if you use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe.

Instructions Overview

Making this recipe is very simple. You will need to core the apples and put them in a baking dish. Mix the oats with the butter and cinnamon then mix in the butter.

Stuff the oat mixture into the cored apples and then bake for half an hour or until piping hot.

Three slices of the best oatmeal baked apples on a serving dish with a spoon.

Common Questions

Are baked apples still healthy?

Everyone knows apples are nutritious. After all, one a day is supposed to keep the doctor away! Baking them will still yield a healthy result. They are wholesome and contain fiber. The oats are also good for you so this apple dessert isn't completely sinful by any means.

What can I use instead of an apple corer?

No corer? No problem! You can use a sharp knife instead to make stuffed apples. It's probably easier to cut the apples in half than cut out the core, but you can leave them whole too. Just choose a thin-bladed fruit knife. Some people prefer this method since conventional apple corers remove some of the apple flesh, not just the core and pits.

How can I make gluten-free baked apples?

There are several options here. You might want to substitute quinoa for the oats. There are also gluten-free brands of oats so you can simply check the packaging.

How long do baked apples last in the fridge?

I usually just cook however many apples I'm going to serve since it's one per person but if you want to make extra you can always store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days then microwave them for 30 seconds or warm them up in the oven.

Can all apples be baked?

Technically you can bake any apple you like but I'd recommend a firm type that holds together when cooking so it doesn't get mushy. I wouldn't use Red Delicious or McIntosh since they are really soft. If you have some softer apples to use up though, you might like to try something like cherry apple crisp instead.

A close up of the best oatmeal baked apples on a serving dish.

Chopnotch Tips

  • Although baked apples make a great dessert this recipe is also great for breakfast.
  • I love the caramelized flavor the brown sugar offers but you can substitute maple or agave syrup or a brown sugar-flavored sweetener such as brown Swerve.
  • It's easy to double or even triple the recipe if you have guests coming over. You'll need a larger baking dish but the cooking time will be the same.
  • Serve these warm from the oven either just as they are or paired with ice cream or whipped cream.
Two stuffed baked apples with oatmeal filling on a plate.

Every bite of these stuffed baked apples will make you smile. The chewy oats, caramel-tasting brown sugar, and creamy butter complement the juicy apple taste perfectly.

Let us know what you think! Give this recipe a rating in the comments section below.

Recipe

How to Make

Stuffed Baked Apples

The apples are filled with a buttered brown sugar and oat mixture for maximum flavor. A sweet and juicy dessert!
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 apples, cored
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted or softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Add apples to a baking pan.
  • In a bowl, combine oats, sugar, and cinnamon, stir well to combine. Add butter and stir well to combine.
  • Stuff each apple with oats mixture and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
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Notes

  • Although baked apples make a great dessert this recipe is also great for breakfast.
  • I love the caramelized flavor the brown sugar offers but you can substitute maple or agave syrup or a brown sugar-flavored sweetener such as brown Swerve.
  • It's easy to double or even triple the recipe if you have guests coming over. You'll need a larger baking dish but the cooking time will be the same.
  • Serve these warm from the oven either just as they are or paired with ice cream or whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 327kcal (16%), Carbohydrates: 53g (18%), Protein: 3g (6%), Fat: 13g (20%), Saturated Fat: 8g (50%), Cholesterol: 31mg (10%), Sodium: 108mg (5%), Potassium: 286mg (8%), Fiber: 7g (29%), Sugar: 32g (36%), Vitamin A: 453IU (9%), Vitamin C: 8mg (10%), Calcium: 41mg (4%), Iron: 1mg (6%)
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  1. 5 stars
    Now this is a breakfast I can dig into! They look wonderful!

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    • Thanks, Julie!

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  2. 5 stars
    I love this simple and easy treat which also includes some nourishing ingredients. Looks and tastes great.

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  3. 5 stars
    What a delicious and warming dessert. Perfect for winter.

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  4. 5 stars
    Never tried something like this with apples. So creative and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. 5 stars
    They are so delicious and look so cute! I had them ready to pop in the oven before my guests came. When you bake them the whole house smells wonderful ‘

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    • Glad you liked them, Jen!

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