Baked Apples

Baked Apples taste like apple pie…without the fuss!  They’re an easy gluten-free dessert that’s perfect for holidays and entertaining!

front shot of baked apples sliced in half in a bowl with ice cream

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Sometimes the best recipes happen on a whim.  This recipe is the perfect example of that.  

A close friend of mine has an apple tree that’s producing 3-4 different varieties by the truckload.  She told me that she needed ideas on how to use them, and I answered applesauce, apple crisp, baked oatmeal, salad, or baked apples.

She liked the baked apple recipe idea, so since she gave me around a dozen apples, I set out to make some myself.

The recipe came out perfectly the first time, which almost never happens. 

Some things are just meant to be. 🙂

overhead shot of baked apples cut in half in a bowl with ice cream

Baked Apples

This easy baked apple recipe is reminiscent of apple pie, with none of the fuss that goes along with it.  There’s no dough to roll out, and you don’t need to peel or chop the apples.

The apples are cored and stuffed with a filling that’s full of warm fall flavor, and you may never want old fashioned apple pie again.

This is the ultimate fall dessert.

Are baked apples healthy?

These apples are dessert, so I wouldn’t call them healthy.  They’re definitely healthier than apple pie and most other desserts, however.

The nutrition information for a baked apple is as follows:

  • 174 calories
  • 10 grams fat
  • 4 grams saturated fat
  • 23 carbohydrates
  • 19 grams sugar

As you can see, the fat content is fairly low for a dessert, and most of the fat is a healthier fat from the pecans.

If you want to keep the sugar content down, you can certainly omit the dried fruit and replace with more pecans.

apples in a basket

What apples are best for baking?

The following apples are the best for baking:

  • Braeburn:  Very crisp and juicy with a sweet flavor and hints of spice.
  • Golden Delicious:  Firm and crisp, with a mellow tart-sweet aromatic flavor.
  • Granny Smith: Firm and juicy with a thick skin and a flavor that’s tart, acidic and mildly sweet. 
  • Honeycrisp:  Very crisp texture with a pleasant sweet-tart flavor.
  • Pink Lady:  Also known as Cripps Pink.  Crisp and juicy, with a tart-sweet flavor.
  • Jonagold:  Hybrid of Jonathan and Golden Delicious apples that’s crisp and sweet like honey. 

close up of apples in a wire basket

My friend gave me Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Jonagold apples (pictured above), and while they were all delicious, the Jonagold were my favorite.  

Part of the fun of making this recipe is trying different varieties of apples.  This is the perfect dessert to make after going apple picking.

How do you core an apple for baked apples?

The secret to coring the apples is using a melon baller.  It’s your secret weapon and it couldn’t be easier to do!

I own this melon baller

Simply stand the apple upright on a cutting board and scoop out the core, leaving the bottom of the apple intact.  The cavity should be about 1″ wide for your filling!

baked apple process collage

How to make baked apples

  • Wash and core the apples.
  • Combine the dried figs, pecans, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  
  • Stuff the apples, then place in a small baking dish. 
  • Add one cup of water to the baking dish, and bake the apples uncovered for about 45 minutes or until the apple is tender but still holds its shape.

baked apples in a baking dish

How can I tell when my baked apples are done?

  • The baking time will vary depending on the size and variety of your apples.  Check for doneness after 40 minutes and add time from there. 
  • The skin on the top of the apple will be begin to wrinkle, and even crack when the apple is about done. 
  • Insert the tip of a knife into an apple.  When it’s done, it should be tender but not mushy.

front shot of baked apples in a bowl with ice cream and dried figs

Recipe tips and substitutions

  • The brown coconut sugar may be substituted with your favorite sweetener, such as brown sugar, granulated, maple syrup or honey.
  • Use apple cider instead of water for even more flavor.
  • Apples may be assembled in advance, or bake and keep covered until you’re ready to serve them.

front close up shot of baked apples sliced in half in a bowl with ice cream and dried figs

Got a sweet tooth?  See all of my Dessert recipes.

More apple recipes you’ll love:

Applesauce

Apple baked oatmeal cups

Apple muffins

Apple pear crisp

Caramel apples

Classic apple pie

Baked Apples

Yield: 6 baked apples
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Baked Apples taste like apple pie without the fuss.  They're an easy gluten-free dessert that's perfect for holidays and entertaining!

Baked Apples

Ingredients

  • (6) medium apples
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried figs (or sub with your favorite dried fruit)
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 6 tablespoons brown coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Stand each apple upright. Using a melon baller, remove the core of each apple, but be sure not to go through the bottom of the apple. The center cavity should be about 1" wide.
  3. Combine the dried figs, pecans, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, then divide the filling between the apples. Top each apple with 1/2 tablespoon of butter, and place in an 8x8" baking dish.
  4. Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the baking dish, and bake the apples uncovered for about 45 minutes, or until the apple is tender but still holds its shape.
  5. Cool the apples slightly, then slice in half and serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The best apples for baking are Jonagold, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith. The Jonagold apples were my favorite!
  • The brown coconut sugar may be substituted with your favorite sweetener, such as brown sugar, granulated, maple syrup or honey.
  • Use apple cider instead of water for even more flavor.
  • Apples may be assembled in advance, or bake and keep covered until you're ready to serve them.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 apple

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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