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Oatmeal Baked Apples

by jenny sansouci on October 12, 2011

Lots of people have mentioned “baked apples” to me recently. I kept hearing about baked apples so much that I just had to try making them – ESPECIALLY since I just went apple picking last weekend!

Apple Picking

Apple Picking!

The only problem was, when I looked up recipes, every single one I found had sugar, or butter, or both. Apples and maple syrup are so sweet already, that I just KNEW the sugar was unnecessary. I was determined to test this hypothesis, so I set out on my quest for healthy baked apples.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE apple crisp. Always have. I wanted to add an extra dose of love to these baked apples to make them more crisp-like, so that’s where the oats come in.

The results were delicious! I didn’t miss the sugar or butter at all. A perfectly healthy, satisfying dessert (or breakfast).

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1 apple (variety of your choice)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp oats (steel cut oats, rolled oats, whatever you like)
  • Generous sprinkling of cinnamon

That’s it!

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Slice the apples in half. Some people like “coring” apples, but I’ll be honest, I have no idea how to do that. So I just cut the apples in half, and scooped out the seeds to create a little “bowl” in each half.

scooped out apples

Add 1 tbsp of oats to each apple.

Apples and Oats

Add 1 tbsp of maple syrup to each apple. (amount for both oats & syrup may be more or less depending on the size of your apple).

Maple Syrup and Oats

Top with a very generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, let cool a bit, and ENJOY! Eat with a fork and knife, or just pick it up with your fingers. 🙂

I swear, this tastes so much like apple crisp, but without sugar, flour, butter, or anything of the sort. AWESOME.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Aliceson November 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Have been looking for a recipe just like this! Thanks! These were oh, so wonderful and you’re right – no need for the butter to add to the calories!


Dana September 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

Just made these! Great recipe 🙂


Fabiola November 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I just love how easy and healthy this recipe is, I am going to give it a try! It’s hard to recipes that don’t call for butter! Thanks


Fabiola November 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I just love how easy and healthy this recipe is! It is hard to find a recipe that doesn’t call for butter. I’m going to give this one a try!


Fabiola November 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Wow, it turned out fantastic! My husband and myself loved them! but I added a few things like walnuts, raisins, and agave syrup and a drizzle of coconut oil


jenny sansouci November 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

awesome!! yum – sounds really good. 🙂


Girl February 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm

I was looking for something healthy that would solve my craving for something sweet tonight. These are great! Thank you.


Christina March 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

I love how simple this recipe is!! I used some Agave Maple Syrup and Steel Cut Oats, such a treat. Thank you!


Robyn March 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Thanks for posting this! I’ve just been looking through dozens of baked apple recipes trying to find one without brown sugar. I’m excited to try these on Sunday. 🙂 I may have to do a test run tonight… I’m drooling already! 🙂


LeTisha March 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I’ve been looking for healthier versions of foods I’d like to try and I am so glad I came across this site. The recipe is very simple and looks delish!! I’ll have to try it out and see if the family approves!


Donna September 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

just made them love them


Stacey December 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

Apple crisp is one of my favorites and I’m always looking for a healthier way to make it. I just made these for a late breakfast and they were AWESOME! Super easy and fast and delicious. This is now my favorite website to get healthy recipes from, thanks Jenny!


jenny sansouci December 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Awesome! Glad you like it 🙂


Marlene January 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm

I make baked apples using red soda and cinnamon no butter or sugar the soda can be diet or dr pepper or such. They are baked till soft and perfect been doing these for 40 yrs. I love them


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