Baked Honeycrisp Apples

Today’s recipe is like fall wrapped up in one {healthy} dessert! My kitchen smelled heavenly when these were cooking! Not only is this recipe delicious but most of the ingredients are likely already in your pantry. The possibilities are endless on what you can include in the “stuffing” of the apple, but I went with some of my favorite flavors – pecans, craisins, and oatmeal! This would be the perfect dessert to prepare ahead of time and then bake during dinner, so the apples are warm and ready when dessert time hits. The best part is this dessert is low fat and gluten free (with GF certified oats) – perfect for a variety of guests that you may have at your house for the holidays!

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To prepare the apples, I used a pairing knife to cut out the top of the apple core and then a small melon corer to scoop out the rest of the middle of the apple. You should have a bowl like shape when you are done scooping. Mix together the pecans, craisins, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar in a separate bowl. Fill each apple with the oatmeal mixture evenly and top off with 1/4 Tbsp butter. Place the stuffed apples in a baking dish and pour the 1 cup water at the bottom of the dish.

Cook for 50-60 minutes (mine were done in 55 minutes) at 350 degrees. The apple should be soft when done with a wrinkled outside texture.  Make sure to monitor the water level at the bottom of your baking dish while the apples bake. If you see all of the water has evaporated, make sure to add more.

Serve by itself warm or with a scoop of yogurt for additional flavor. Or, maybe with a small scoop of Halo Top ice cream for a special treat. Enjoy!

Baked Honeycrisp Apples
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Honeycrisp apples (or sweet apples of your choice)
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup reduced sugar craisins
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup hot water
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare the apples (cut the top off and scoop out the middle).
  3. Mix together the pecans, craisins, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar in a separate bowl.
  4. Fill each apple with the oatmeal mixture evenly.
  5. Top off with ¼ Tbsp butter on each apple.
  6. Place the stuffed apples in a baking dish and pour the 1 cup water at the bottom of the dish.
  7. Cook for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

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