These easy Baked Apples are a delicious healthy fall dessert. Crisp fresh apples stuffed with a cinnamon sugar, walnut mixture and baked until warm and tender. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Baked apple on a white plate with a fork and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Baked Apples

Hooray for apple season! I have so many favorite apple recipe this time of year, It would be hard to choose a favorite! Top contenders are my Grandma’s apple cake, and the most popular apple crisp.

What I love about baked apples is you still get the sweet tooth fix, without all of the extra calories. My love for this healthy treat comes from my Mom. Whenever we had a big sweet tooth, but didn’t want a heavy dessert she would make baked apples.

They take all of 5 minutes to prepare and the end result is sweet, tender apples with a delicious sweet filling. I love to top mine with low fat vanilla ice cream and a little drizzle of my favorite homemade caramel sauce. It’s perfection.

A pan full of four baked apples.

How to make baked apples:

Use a pairing knife to cut a deep hole into the apples, removing the core; this is where the filling will go.

Combine brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nuts and fill the apples with this mixture.

Overhead photos of a casserole dish with red apples with a hole in the center and then the hole filled with brown sugar, nuts, cinnamon and butter.

Pour about ¼ cup of water in a baking dish, place the apples on top. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until they are tender when poked with a fork.

Four baked apples filled with a cinnamon sugar mixture, baked in a white casserole dish.

When serving baked apples I like to scoop the juices from the bottom of the pan on top of the apples. Yum!

WHAT ARE THE BEST APPLES FOR BAKING?

Granny Smith apples are my favorite for any kind of baking, especially in dessert recipes like apple crisp, or Apple Cake where the apple is really the star of the show. For this recipe, I love to use large red apples, but you can really use any type of apple.

A baked apple on a white plate with a piece cut out of it.
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Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins
Total 45 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 4 good-quality apples (I like to use red apples, but baking apples, such as Granny Smith, work great to!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Ice cream , for topping, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a paring knife or apple corer to remove the stem and seeds from the apples, making a deep hole where the filling will go. 
  • Combine the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well to combine. Add the nuts. Spoon mixture evenly into each of the apples. 
  • Add ¼ cup of water to a baking dish and place apples on top.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. 
  • Spoon the sauce drippings from the pan over the apples. Serve with ice cream, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 57mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 5gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 275IUVitamin C: 8.3mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 0.5mg

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Nutrition Facts
Baked Apples
Amount per Serving
Calories
240
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
20
%
Cholesterol
 
15
mg
5
%
Sodium
 
57
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
238
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
39
g
13
%
Fiber
 
5
g
20
%
Sugar
 
32
g
36
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
275
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
8.3
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
27
mg
3
%
Iron
 
0.5
mg
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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*I originally shared this recipe in September 2015. Updated October 2018.

Crisp apples stuffed with a brown sugar, pecan mixture and baked until tender. One of my favorite healthy treats! Recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch

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  1. 4 stars
    I used Granny Smith apples and had pecans on hand, and just a little granola left. Decided to throw that in too. They were very good!

  2. 5 stars
    The baked apples were amazing and easy to make! I will save this recipe for future use. I didn’t care for the apple peel because I always peel my apples so next time I will try to make this without it.

  3. 5 stars
    Lovely substitute for apple pie with less sugar/fat and all the flavor. Love the sauce that forms under the apples. We drizzled it over the ice cream and the apple. Yummm!!

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