Definitely a comfort food, baked apples are a great way to use up apples this Fall.
I’ll be honest…I rarely make baked apples (hollowing out the core of the apple takes some skill!) but I’m very glad I made this recipe. This scrumptious, low-calorie baked apple recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth making hollowing out the apples well worth the effort!
While there are many varieties of apples to choose from, the trick to successfully baking an apple is to choose a variety that holds up to heat. An apple suitable for baking should have a tart, acidic flavor helping offset the sugar used in many recipes. The apple also needs to cook down to a soft consistency without turning to mush. Let’s just say, Red Delicious is perfect as an ‘eating apple or’ but is NOT suited for baking.
Some of the best varieties for baking include Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Rome, Gala, and Jonathan. They meet the right mix of tartness while maintaining some firmness when heated without losing flavor.
So, get ready for your house to smell AMAZING as these baked apples topped with oats, cinnamon, honey and apple pie spice, permeate your kitchen and beyond.
Baked Apples with Honey Oatmeal – Serves 4, 1 apple serving size
Nutrition per serving: Calories – 127 calories; Total Fat – 1 gram; Protein – 2.5 grams; Carbohydrates – 27 grams; Fiber – 4 grams; Sodium – 20 milligrams
4 apples – choose from Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Rome, Gala, or Jonathan
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Rinse, core, and slightly hollow the apples removing seeds creating a well for the filling while leaving the bottom intact.
3. In a medium bowl, mix oatmeal, applesauce, honey, vanilla, and the spices together. If desired, add chopped walnuts and/or dried fruit.
4. Fill each hollowed apple with the oatmeal mixture; place apples in a baking dish along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water.
5. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the sides of the apples are soft and easily pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and drizzle any juice from the apples in the water over each apple.
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