What happens when you want a piece of homemade apple pie with a side of vanilla ice cream but do not have enough apples (or patience) to take on such a kitchen task? Enter the baked apple. A healthier treat that is a wonderful substitution for stuffing your face with an entire pie…sort of. I reached back into my childhood foods memory bank and remembered my Mom would make baked apples. I know why, now. It is a simple recipe, forgiving ingredients and takes no time to throw together. It can bake up while you are eating dinner and voila! Instant comfort dessert packed with tons of flavor.
An apple is cored. Walnuts are chopped, raisins are on standby.
Oats, brown sugar some butter and spices get stuffed into the center of an apple. Into the oven it goes and about 25 minutes later you will be met with a warm, comforting tender apple with a warm crisp filling. Who needs pie? I served this half an apple with a side of vanilla yogurt sprinkled with freshly grated cinnamon. I prefer half apple servings, however, adjust this recipe as needed for your needs! Enjoy!
- 1 apple, washed, halved and cored
- 2 T. oats
- 1 T. butter, melted
- 1 T. brown sugar
- 1 T. flour
- 1/2 Tablespoon each of 'add ins' - I used chopped walnuts and raisins
- 1/4 t. cinnamon and nutmeg
- Vanilla yogurt or ice cream on the side
- Preheat the oven to 350*.
- Place the prepared apple halves in a small baking dish.
- In a small bowl combine the oats, butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmegs and any add-ins of your choice. Mix until well combined.
- Divide the filling and stuff into each half of the apple.
- Bake the stuffed apples for 25-35 minutes until tender yet not mushy. Serve with vanilla yogurt or ice cream.