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This baked apples recipe is a thing of beauty. It’s one of my favorite desserts come fall and winter. Baked apples are total comfort food!

This time of year is my absolute favorite! The turning leaves, the cooler air, the soups and stews and even the occasional fire in the fireplace.

A pan of baked apples sits warm out of the oven, ready to serve.

It’s fall, and along with lots of other autumn produce, the apples are in abundance.

Baked apples are a wonderful dessert on a cold evening. Warm and fragrant, they fill your house with fabulous aromas as they bake, and comfort your tummy with incredibly nutritious sweetness.

WHAT APPLES ARE BEST FOR BAKED APPLES?

I used Honeycrisp apples for this recipe, but you can also use pink ladies or Braeburn apples. These are my top three go-to apples when making this dish.

HOW DO YOU CORE AN APPLE FOR BAKED APPLES?

The easiest way to core an apple is to use a purchased corer. They are affordable and super easy to use. I think I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond for about $9. I’ll put an amazon link below so you can see what they look like.

If you can’t get a corer, you can use a sharp pairing knife. Insert the knife into the center of the apple and cut around the core until you have a hole that goes all the way through and has completely removed the core of the apple. This is more time consuming than using and apple corer, but in a pinch…

Step one is to core your apples.

CAN YOU FREEZE BAKED APPLES?

Yes you can. However, they won’t last longer than two months in the freezer, so be sure you use them up. And once thawed, do NOT refreeze. They will turn to mush.

DO YOU PEEL APPLES BEFORE BAKING THEM?

Nope! Leave the skin on or they will totally dry out in the oven.

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Note: Recipe updated on: 12/4/19.

A pan of baked apples sits warm out of the oven, ready to serve.

Baked Apples Recipe

Delicious dessert that won't leave a brick in your tummy!
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Course: Dessert, Fruit
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 161kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Small baking dish

Ingredients

  • 6 small apples (cored)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (divided)
  • 6 tbsp. chopped walnut pieces (divided)
  • 3 tsp. coconut oil (divided)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. and core your apples. Place them in a baking dish.
    Step one is to core your apples.
  • Sprinkle the divided cinnamon (approximately 1/4 tsp. in each apple) into each core hole in each apple, then fill with walnuts. (about 1 tbsp. in each apple)
    Step two is to stuff the apples.
  • Place a small pat of coconut oil (about 1/2 tsp. each apple) on top of each core over the walnuts.
    Step three is to add a small pat of coconut oil on top of each apple.
  • Place the baking dish in the oven, and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the apples are easily pierced with a knife. The skin should have some wrinkling in it. Remove from oven, and allow to cool a bit. Cut open and top with any sweetener you prefer, if any.
    A pan of baked apples sits warm out of the oven, ready to serve.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include any added sweeteners.

Nutrition

Serving: 1apple with filling | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 9/17/15.

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12 Comments

  1. What a great recipe, thanks for stopping by my site, I love your tip about the agave, I still have not tried it yet. This is a great recipe. I love apples! This is the perfect time of year for it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hi Angie,

      There’s definitely something about this time of year that screams for apples. I can’t seem to get enough of them. Let me know how they turn out for you!

      Tiffany

  2. Bernadettebear says:

    This looks good but the calorie count looks a bit high for the ingredients. Or does this allow for the nice big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream that it seems to want for topping?:)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bernadettebear – No, that’s correct. It’s because of the walnuts and cranberries. Very high in calories and fat. Although, the fat from the walnut is healthy.

  3. trude wofford says:

    I also love apples! Arent they wonderful in the fall- for me when I have to put on a sweater,snack time means apples. I make mine with no added fat granola that I make with pecans and currants added, a spoonful of agave and a sprinkle of cinnamon, when they come out of the oven I add vanilla icecream(just a tiny scoop) I know its not really clean but I do get a brand that is just cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla ( and I just get a pint)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trude – Fantastic! I’ve never actually tried it with granola. Sounds lovely!

  4. Rebecca Hannaford says:

    This is our dessert tonight MMMM! Topped with a little no fat ricotta cheese!

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Sorry, I didn’t notate that. Yes, 350 F.

  6. This looks delicious. What kind of apple would you recommend?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – I would ask your produce person at the store which apples are sweetest.

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