Even though pumpkin recipes take the cake (or pie, latte, pancakes, etc) in fall eats, it’s time to recognize the truly versatile and delicious apple. One of my favorite comfort foods is homemade apple crisp paired with some vanilla ice cream, but if you’ve actually ever made this dessert classic before, you know that drool-worthy crisp is loaded with butter and sugar. Which tastes so good, but sometimes I just want a little bit of a lighter version ya know? Key word sometimes. That’s when I created this baked cinnamon apples recipe. This healthy dessert recipe is gluten free, low in sugar and vegan, yet so, so good! I love that these are served in an apple too. Any foods that have an edible container aka ice cream cones, or these papaya boats, I’m all about. Also, having a single-serve recipe is awesome for those of you (myself included) that will devour an entire batch single-handedly. Now’s the time to gather some apples and indulge in your sweet tooth with this healthier yet delicious baked cinnamon apples recipe!
The ingredients are super simple which translates to a cleaner eating dessert. Nothing makes me feel better than having a dessert that is actually good for me. Apples, coconut oil, coconut sugar, coconut flour, oats, and spices are literally the only things in this recipe. Seeing a trend with all my coconut ingredients? That’s because coconut products are a healthier alternative and taste delicious. Some of these ingredients can be a little pricey though so you can easily substitute flour and cane sugar if you’d like. If coconut sugar is something that interests you, I highly recommend giving it a go! It tastes amazing and it has a lower glycemic index than traditional sugar. This means your blood sugar doesn’t spike as much which is very important for your health.
Coring the apple is probably the hardest trick to this recipe. Make sure to not cut a hole in the bottom and carefully scoop out the insides so the apple doesn’t tear. The insides that you scoop out is what you will make the filling with so be sure to set that aside!
The apple’s insides are mixed with cinnamon and sugar to make this delectable combination.
Spoon the apples back into the apple skin, top with the oat crumble and you are ready to bake.
Place in pan and cover with foil for optimal results. It helps to put a little water along the bottom of the pan to avoid burning the baked cinnamon apples.
Baked Cinnamon Apples
For the filling:
- 1 apple (I used Gala)
- 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil melted
- 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the topping:
- 2 Tablespoons gluten-free quick oats
- 1 teaspoon coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Carefully remove the insides of the apple, leaving the outer skin intact
Chop apple pieces and put in a small dish
Add melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
Pack hollowed apple with filling
In a small bowl, combine oats, coconut sugar, coconut flour and salt
Add coconut oil and maple syrup. Mix well.
Top apple with the crisp and place in an 8x8 inch baking dish
Add about 1/4 cup of water to bottom of baking dish and cover with aluminum foil
Bake for 15 minutes covered
Remove foil and continue to bake for an additional 8-10 minutes.
Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving
You ready to give this baked cinnamon apples a go this Fall? Let me know in the comments below!
You can find this recipe along with other creations I’ve made on Brit + Co!