Apple Season is one of my favorite seasons. When you are a chef like me, your year is not necessarily divided into fall, winter, spring, and summer, but rather Apple Season, Strawberry Season, Raspberry Season, Blueberry Season, etc. And right now, New England is overflowing with wonderful apples and other apple products. Today we are making an absolutely gorgeous dessert. If you have never had baked apples, you have been missing out. You can also customize the filling to your taste.
Every time I make this recipe, I ask myself, why don’t you make this recipe more often? It is, of course, the best when the apples are fresh, so fall is a great time to serve baked apples.
Baked apples usually start with a trip to pick apples at one of the many apple orchards nearby, but don’t worry, if you don’t have that option, just find the best-looking apples you can find in the store. Use an apple that is good for baking, like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady.
Wash the apples well, and core a nice-sized pocket in the middle of the apple, removing the stem and seeds. A melon baller is a great tool for this as it does the job so easily.
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Baked Apple Filling Ingredients:
- Apples (Honeycrisp or Pink Lady)
- Earth Balance or Coconut Oil
- Maple Syrup
- Brown Sugar (optional)
You can be so creative with the filling. According to taste, add nuts, vanilla, maple syrup, lemon juice, and other flavors to the oats. Fill the apples with the filling until it tops the apple.
You can easily make these baked apples gluten-free by using gluten-free oats.
Leave out the nuts for a nut-free baked apple.
Bake the apples in a shallow pie pan with a little bit of warm water. The water will keep the apples moist and delicious. Remove them from the water when they are done baking.
Baked Apple Serving Suggestions:
Serve with maple syrup, plant-based ice cream, and toasted nuts.Print
Gourmet Baked Apples | plant-based, vegan
- Yield: 4 Baked Apples 1x
- 4 apples (Honeycrisp or Pink Lady)
- 2 tablespoons Earth Balance or Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Prepare the apples. With a melon-baller, carve out a space for the filling in the top of the apple, making sure you remove the stem and seeds.
- Next, prepare the filling. In a small bowl, add the old-fashion oats, quick oats, maple syrup, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, and stir to combine. Mix in the earth balance or coconut oil.
- Fill the apples with oat filling.
- Place apples in a ceramic pie tin.
- Pour 3/4 cup warm water into the bottom of the pie tin.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and transfer the baked apples to a serving dish.
- Serve with maple syrup, plant-based ice cream, and toasted nuts.
Looking for More Baking Recipes:
- Apple Almond Cake
- Almond Biscotti
- Amazing Peach Bars
- Breakfast Blueberry Muffin Tops
- Strawberry Jam Scones
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