These succulent healthy baked cinnamon apples are the perfect treat after a long day! All you need is 7 ingredients and 25 minutes prep time to make these refined sugar free baked apples. If you are still craving apples after making this treat, try my mini apple caramel pies.
Take one apple and peel the skin and chop it. Then place the apple in a small bowl and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Give it a quick stir to combine, then set aside.
Combine oats, cream cheese, milk, maple syrup, ¾ teaspoon of cinnamon, and vanilla in a large bowl.
Fold in the chopped apples. You can see that the filling is creamy and has lovely chunks of fresh apples too.
Carefully, slice the tops off of the 4 remaining apples. Hollow out the centers until they have about 0.5-inch thickness.
Spoon the filling into the apples and place them on a baking sheet or in a casserole and cook for 18-20 minutes.
Maple syrup substitute
Don't worry; if you aren't a fan of maple syrup, there are other options for you to try out. That is what I love about these whole baked apples; they are super versatile.
- Use 4 Tablespoons (84g) of Honey
- Replace with 4 Tablespoons (84g) of Agave Nectar
- Brown Sugar is an option if you aren't worried about refined sugar. Add 4 Tablespoons (50g).
FAQs on apples
Hollowing out an apple looks much scarier than it actually is. All you need to do is cut the top of the apple horizontally. Once it's off, you can use a spoon or melon baller to remove the flesh of the apple. Just keep removing parts of the apple and core until it's the width you want it to be.
No, another option is to cut the apple in half and remove a portion of the flesh with a spoon. Then instead of leaving the apple in the shape of a bowl, you will end up with two pieces of apple instead.
I love to use sweet apples like Gala, Fuji, or Pink Lady, or crisp apples like Honeycrisp. The filling has only ¼ cup maple syrup and no sugar so sweeter apples usually work best.
How long do they last
Baked apples taste their best when they are served right away. If you aren't able to eat them all, then you can cover them with plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator. They will last 2-3 days.
To reheat them at 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes until hot. You can also microwave them for 30-60 seconds or so until they are warm as well.
Do they freeze well?
No, the texture of the filling is off when you freeze and thaw them. It's better to store leftovers in the fridge and consume within a few days.
More apple recipes to try
Healthy Cinnamon Baked Apples
- Preheat oven to 400°F / 205°C.
- Peel and chop one apple and place in a small bowl. Add ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a large bowl stir together oats, cream cheese, milk, maple syrup, ¾ teaspoon of cinnamon, and vanilla* to combine. Fold in apples.
- Cut off the top of the remaining 4 apples and hollow out until the apples have about 0.5-inch thickness. Spoon filling inside the apples and place on a baking sheet or in a baking pan and bake for about 18-20 minutes until the apples are soft but not mushy. Top with whipped cream, maple syrup, or chopped nuts, and serve immediately.
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