Vegan and GF baked apples are PERFECT for apple season! Healthy and easy to make, this dessert recipe is the BEST! #vegan #glutenfree #healthydessert #bakedapples #fallrecipes #veganthanksgiving #apples | Mindful Avocado
Healthy baked apples that are vegan and gluten-free. Perfect for Fall or Holidays, this single serving dessert is beyond easy to make. #vegan #glutenfree #healthydessert #bakedapples #fallrecipes #veganthanksgiving #apples | Mindful Avocado

Chopped apples mixed with warm cinnamony goodness topped with a crunchy oat topping all packed into an apple! These vegan baked apples are the PERFECT single-serving dessert recipe for any Fall occasion!

vegan baked apples with oat topping

I know it seems like pumpkin dominates the Fall recipe game, but let’s give apple some credit here, okay?!

Apple desserts are soo yummy, from apple pie to my personal favorite, apple crisp.

These vegan baked apples are comparable to apple crisp, but give an extra touch by being baked in an apple. They’re vegan, they’re gluten-free, they’re cute. Look out pumpkin, lo and behold the apple!

ingredients for vegan baked apples

Ingredients for vegan baked apples

Best apples for baking

Honeycrisp, gala, or granny smith are all great apples for baking. I use gala apples to make this baked apple recipe.

how to hollow out an apple

How to make vegan baked apples

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!

  1. Carefully cut the top off of the apple
  2. Cut around the circumference of the apple
  3. Cut two slices vertically and two slices horizontally across the top making a 9 square grid
  4. Use a spoon to scoop out insides. They should come out easily since you sliced a grid
  5. You may need to repeat steps 4-5 to get all the insides of the apple out

mixture for baked cinnamon apples in mixing bowl

Add chopped apples to a mixing bowl and mix with all the ingredients for the filling.

apple filling for baked apples

Spoon apple sugar cinnamon combo back inside the apple!

spooning oat topping over baked apples

Combine all the ingredients for the topping and top each baked apple. Add the baked apples to a square baking dish and fill a quarter of an inch of the bottom with water. This helps prevent burning.

hands holding baking dish covered in foil

Cover the top with foil and bake for 15 minutes covered, then an additional 10 minutes uncovered.

vegan baked apples with oat topping

Ways to customize this vegan baked apples recipe

  • Substitute coconut sugar with brown sugar or cane sugar
  • Use all-purpose flour instead of coconut flour
  • Instead of gala apples, try granny smith or a combination
  • Add chopped pecans to the oat topping for an extra crunch
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream (okay, this one is basically mandatory)

baked apples with oat topping in baking dish

How long do baked apples keep?

Store leftovers in fridge up to 5 days. When ready to reheat, simply put a baked apple into a bowl and microwave for 1 minute!

vegan baked apple cut in half

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Try these other Fall recipes:
Apple Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin Loaf with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting
Mini Pumpkin Pies
Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter

vegan baked apples with oat topping

Vegan Baked Apples

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This healthy baked apple recipe is a take on the classic apple crisp. It is one of my favorite go-to recipes for the Fall and can be a real crowd-pleaser for Holidays. Perfectly portioned and filled with apple cinnamon goodness, you'll be sure to want to give this vegan and gluten-free dessert recipe a try!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Fall, Gluten Free, Holiday, Plant Based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword apple dessert recipe, healthy dessert apples, low carb apple dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 baked apples
Calories 340kcal
Author Amanda


For the filling:

  • 4 apples I used gala apples
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Carefully remove the insides of the apple: Cut the top off of the apple, then around the circumference of the apple. Cut two slices vertically and two slices horizontally across the top making a 9 square grid. Use a spoon to scoop out insides. They should come out easily since you sliced a grid. You may need to repeat the last two steps to get all the insides of the apple out.
  • Chop apple pieces and put in a small mixing bowl.
  • Add melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
  • Fill the hollowed apples with filling.
  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the topping.
  • Top apples with the crisp and place in an 8x8 inch baking dish.
  • Add about 1/4 cup of water to the bottom of the 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. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
  • Leftovers keep in the fridge for about 5 days.


Serving: 1apple | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 59.8g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 11.8g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 4mg | Fiber: 9.9g | Sugar: 39.5g
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