This recipe for old fashioned baked apples is ideal for those chilly Fall evenings when you want something to warm you up. The apples are filled with an oatmeal crisp, spiced with cinnamon and baked to perfection.
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Why I love this recipe
Baked apples have a naturally sweet flavor that is enhanced when they are baked. Adding a filling of oatmeal crunch and cinnamon make this dessert extra special. Additionally, creating this recipe is a simple process requiring minimal effort, making these a convenient dessert option.
You need the following ingredients for these baked apples with oatmeal:
- Apples: Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji or Honeycrisp apples work well for this recipe. Use a medium-sized apple. Bake an additional 5 minutes if using large apples.
- Oatmeal: use old-fashioned rolled oats - not quick cooking oatmeal
- Light brown sugar, cinnamon and unsalted butter
- Walnuts (optional): lightly toast and chop walnuts before using
See recipe card for quantities.
Follow the detailed in instructions in the recipe card below. Also, check out the following video for a quick visual of the recipe steps.
Consider one or more of the following for a little variation in this baked apple dessert:
- Vegan - these baked apples with oatmeal are easily made vegan. Just replace the butter with margarine or a vegan butter substitute.
- Nut-Free - simply eliminate the walnuts.
- Dried Fruit - consider adding a ¼ cup of raisins or dried cranberries to the filling for more taste and texture
You don't need any fancy equipment to make these old-fashioned baked apples. The following items will help to ensure a successful dessert:
- Rimmed baking dish: the butter and apple juices will seep out while baking. Be sure to place on a baking dish with a rim to keep your oven clean.
- Paring knife or serrated spoon: to create a well in the center of the apples.
Storage and serving
These old-fashioned baked apples are best served the day they are made. If pressed for time, consider assembling the apples, place in refrigerator and bake when you are ready to serve.
The baked apples are best served warm. After baking, let the apples rest for 15 minutes. Then place on a serving dish and enjoy!
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Old Fashioned Baked Apples Recipe
- 4 medium apples Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji or Honeycrisp
- ¾ cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- ¼ cup walnuts (optional), lightly toasted and chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 ℉
- Place oatmeal, butter, cinnamon and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Using your hands, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until only small pieces of butter remain (about the size of a pea). Stir in walnuts if using.
- Make a large well in the center of each apple. Use a paring knife or serrated spoon to create the well. Place apples in a rimmed baking dish.
- Spoon ¼ of the oatmeal mixture into the well of each apple.
- Bake for 20 minutes. The filling will be bubbling and lightly browned.
- Cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove