Juicy baked apples filled with a buttery cinnamon oatmeal crumble are a staple around the holidays in our home!
Baked until slightly soft, leaving the kitchen warm and smelling fantastic, what is there not to love about this seasonal treat?
Today’s the day to prepare this classic and comforting recipe — if you haven’t tried vegan baked apples with oatmeal, let us show you how easy they are.
Why you’ll love it
- Loved by kids & adults
- Seasonal dessert idea
- Minimal prep needed
- Healthy treat
- Made from basic ingredients
- Totally holiday-approved
- Apples (any kind will do; Honeycrisp and Granny Smith are common choices)
- Rolled oats (essential for the texture)
- Walnuts (use your favorite nuts)
- Maple Syrup (brown sugar works, too)
- Margarine (make sure it’s vegan)
- Raisins & Cranberries (use your favorite dried fruit)
- Cinnamon & Cloves (perfect cozy spice combination)
How to make vegan stuffed apples
- Preheat your oven to 375 °F (180 °C) and gather all ingredients as well as a baking dish.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine rolled oats, walnuts, dried fruit, cloves, and cinnamon. Stir in the melted butter and half of the maple syrup. Mix until well combined, then set aside.
- Using an apple corer or knife, remove the stem and core of the apples. Be sure to leave the bottom intact and reserve the tops!
- Place the apples upright into the baking dish without them touching each other. Divide the filling between the apples. Make sure they are really packed with the oatmeal mixture!
- Top the apples with the remaining maple syrup, then put the apple tops back on.
- Pour the water into the base of the baking dish and place the apples into the oven for 45 minutes. They are done when a small knife inserted through the side and base meets only mild resistance!
- Let the apples cool a 5-10 minutes before serving them. Enjoy!
Tips & adjustments
- Make sure to really pack the apples with the oatmeal filling before baking them! If you have any filling left, just stuff another apple with it.
- If they wobble at all in the baking dish, cut the bottom of the apple to level it out. However, avoid cutting into the cored hole!
- When making stuffed apples ahead of time, bake them for only 30 minutes and cover them with foil. Let them sit in the oven before serving them warm!
Try whipped cream, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, vegan yogurt, or vanilla ice cream!
Which apples to use?
The best types of apples to use when making stuffed apples are Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, Cortland, and Honeycrisp, but any kind will work.
These vegan baked apples taste best right away. Any leftovers can be stored, once cooled, in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat in the microwave for about one minute!
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