A juicy baked apple with cinnamon and walnut-laced oatmeal baked inside—what a wonderful, healthy Fall treat.
I love granny smith apples. They’re tart, crisp, and juicy. It doesn’t matter to me what apple the recipe calls for. I’m still using granny smiths!
I’ve seen so many recipes for a reverse apple pie that just seemed redundant to me. Stuffing apples inside apples? Ummm, don’t they grow that way. LOL. I decided to stuff mine with oatmeal.
This recipe is inspired by the Boatmeal recipe I have on my page Recipes I wish I had Created. I think it makes a great breakfast, mid-afternoon snack, or even a dessert!
Works with Apples of All Sizes
You can make the oatmeal stuffed apples with any size apple with a couple of adjustments.
- For larger apples, I hollowed them out and stuffed the oatmeal inside. This results in a large apple to oatmeal ratio. The below recipe will make @ 4 large servings.
- For smaller apples, cut them in half and scoop them out like a bowl. This will allow you to mound up the soaked oatmeal on top and get more oatmeal to apple parity. With the smaller apples, you’ll use 3 smaller apples and get 6 smaller servings. I found that I preferred the smaller apples.
Soaking is Highly Recommended
The only way you can get away with mounding up the oatmeal on top of the half apple boats is because the rolled oats have soaked up all the milk.
Also, presoaked oats won’t cause a blow out in the apples while baking. They’ve already expanded as much as they’re going to before you stuff them in the apples.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I use homemade almond-brazil nut milk.)
- 4 large unwaxed organic baking apples (I use granny smith apples.)
- ¼ chopped walnuts
- 3 tbsps unsalted butter, cubed (substitute coconut oil for a vegan recipe)
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Soak rolled oats in milk in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Wash apples and scoop out the top and center of the apple. Be careful not to pierce the bottom. A grapefruit spoon would work great here. Wish I had one!
- Mix the soaked oats, walnuts, butter, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt.
- Carefully pack the oat mixture into the hollow apples and place in a baking pan. Sprinkle more coconut sugar on the tops if you like.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
It's very important to use organic and unwaxed apples. Apples are the dirtiest of the dirty dozen and baking waxed apples is just gross. By the way, most wax on produce is made from corn!
If you're sensitive to oats, try cooking ½ cup quinoa in 1 cup milk. Then proceed with the rest of the recipe as normal.
Why I’ve been MIA
I’ve missed sharing recipes with you lately. I just started a new job. I now work in a large office instead of working from home as I have for the past few years.
The biggest adjustment has been trying to figure out how to have safe, hot lunches at work without resorting to the microwave. I have made up new recipes, most of which deal with this dilemma. They’re starting to really pile up! I look forward to sharing them with you soon.
Coming Up Soon
- Tips for Healthy Lunches at Work
- Turkey Sloppy Joes Megas
- Chicken Enchiladas Casserole
- Mini Frittatas
- Spaghetti Squash Primavera
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