Baked apples with aromatic cinnamon are the quintessential autumn healthy dessert, that is so easy to make and a pleasant treat. I flip over how tempting and amazing my house smells as they bake. My best healthy baked apples are stuffed with a mix aroma from nuts, cinnamon, honey and some butter on the top. Truly delicious and nutricial. One of the best and healthiest breakfasts to start your day right.
This easy recipe and probably one of the back-pockets in cold weather desserts to make and to spoil your family. This kind of healthy dessert, I associate with fall. Smooth, soft, and crispy are just a few words to describe this heavenly yummy baked apples that are loaded with different nuts, cinnamon, honey, and butter. Such an easy recipe, but more than a delicious autumnal indulgence. This old-fashioned recipe, but actual until nowadays, is an ideal grain and gluten-free dessert to please your whole family, even babies that start their first food. I do remember when my daughter was small I used to gave her baked apples, rather raw ones.
This recipe is so versatile that you can go for any kind of apples you like and stuff them with everything you have in your kitchen. I like different types of nuts like walnuts, almonds, or pecans mixed with honey. I always add honey instead of sugar as it is more dietary and not too sweet. Many recipes suggest dried fruits, dates or a scoop of ice-cream aside when they are already baked. This simple, yet so healthy and yummy baked apple recipe will become one of your family-friendly and healthy dessert to always enjoy.
Are apples healthy?
Apples are a healthy fruit to eat every day with a lot of benefits and truly juicy. In my house, apples are one of the most eaten fruits. I adore Jonagold, Crispin, Jazz, and Red Delicious.
Apples are high in fiber, vitamin C and lots of antioxidants ideal and perfect for your overall health. Also, baked or raw apples are good for those that want to eat healthily and stay fit, or to lose weight. What I have to admit is that the apple skin, as well as the flesh, has all the nutrients and the benefits that should be eaten and not thrown.
What apples to bake?
I think that for this recipe you can go for any kind of apples you like. However, some types of apples are baked quicker, and are more soft or juicer. Jonagold and Crispin are one of my favorites apples to be baked with some delicious toppings. Jonagold has a yellow-green with some red blush skin ideal for eating fresh or cooked. Crispin is sweeter, and crisper perfect for baking or cooking them in a sauce. Also, what I like about these apples is that they are good into salads or pies. These kinds of apples are available all year round. So you can spoil and treat your family healthy and yummy, always.
How to make baked apples?
Healthy baked apples are truly delicious made in one of the simplest and easy ways. I choose the best looking 6 apples, of different sizes and colors, wash them properly and put aside while I am preparing the mixture for the toppings. Usually, I mix nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans) with honey and some grated cinnamon. Cut the middle of the apples with a knife, and try to make a hole looking somehow perfect and accurate. Fill the apples with the mixture add some butter that will tightly down into the center of the apples while baking. In the preheated oven at 180°C (350°F), put the apples and bake for no more than 20 minutes. They have to be soft, tender, and juicy. Serve the apples with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, or with hot caramel or chocolate, or the way they are simply baked.
These easy baked apples are so simple to make, and so savory while eating them. I really care about our health, this is why I bake apples often in my house.
How to core apple for baking?
Very easy. I do not peel the skin, just take a knife and core the middle of the apple together with the flesh, in order to obtain a hole where I fill up with nuts or sweets. You can core the apple with an ice cream spoon, as well.
What do you stuff baked apples with?
Regularly, I stuff the apples with a delicious mixture made of nuts, honey, and some grated cinnamon and butter on the top. Sometimes, I include raisins and dates for a better taste, but I usually go for a more classic version. The list of all possibilities here is endless, as you can personalize this recipe in your own way.
How to store them?
Baked apples can be easily stored for a few days. In a hermetic containers put the cooled down apples and store in the fridge. I preheat the oven to warm the apples before serving, as my husband doesn’t accept microwaves, but you can use the microwave if you are a fan of it.
How to serve baked apples?
Baked apples can be served and eaten at any time of the day. They can be great appetizers, delicious desserts, or quick snacks. These baked apples can be topped with hot chocolate, caramel or for a more elegant presentation it can be garnished with a tasteful scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Sometimes a simple cheap recipe can be enticing and savory. This deliciousness baked apples is ideal when you combo it with a glass of sweet and rich Ice Wine.
- I recommend Jonagold, Crispin, or Red Delicious kind of apples for this baking recipe. However, you can go for any kind of apples you have available in your kitchen. If they are harder and with an intense green color, then you will have to cook longer.
- Instead of a knife, you can use an ice-cream baller to remove the core of the apples.
- Toppings: here you can experience with any kind of nuts, dates, dry fruits, oats, even chocolate chips.
- Substitute sugar with honey – I do not like them too sweet, this is why I like to use honey more often in many of my recipes.
These sugar-free baked apples are truly delicious and easy to prepare. Make you Fall in love with this quick and healthy recipe.
Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples
- rubber spatula
- baking pan
- parchment paper
- 6 apples
- 1 tbsp walnuts
- 1 tbsp almonds
- 1 tsp pecans
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- Wash the apples.
- Put aside, make the filling.
- In a bowl mix the nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans) with 1 tbsp of honey.
- Core the middle of the apples.
- Fill the apples with the mixture and some grated cinnamon.
- Top some butter for a better taste.
- In the preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) bake the apples for about 20 minutes.
- Cool down few minutes, then serve with some icing sugar or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.