Maple-Oatmeal Baked Apple

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A delicious, and healthy breakfast-this baked apple is a great way to start the day! Skip the butter, use minimal sugars, and you are left mostly with healthy fruit, and fiber packed oatmeal.  These can be made ahead, packed in freezer bags, and prepared from frozen with little to no difference in the taste. The juice of the apple is plenty of moisture to cook the oatmeal in, no need to add butter or milk like many recipes, making this a super healthy choice for breakfast.  This would be a wonderful breakfast to serve when you have company, throw a pan full into the oven for a warm, and filling meal for your guests. How about making this the night before for a hearty Yule breakfast?

Each recipe below makes 1 apple, have your kids do the math to figure out how much of each ingredient you will need to make enough for your whole family.

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Serves: 1
  • 1 cooking apple
  • Braeburn, Gala, Fuji, and Granny Smith are the most popular cooking apples
  • 2 tsp. Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds, Cranberries or other dried fruit
  • Optional : maple syrup
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a small bowl combine oats, dried cranberries, and brown sugar- set aside.
  3. Use a sharp knife to cut a circle in the top of your apple the size that you want to fill.
  4. Use a spoon to dig out apple to about 1”-1 1/2” from bottom and leaving 1/2” all around the sides.
  5. Use a spoon to fill cavity of apple with oatmeal mixture.
  6. If desired drizzle top of apple with maple syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  7. Place in an oven safe dish and bake for 20-25 minutes.


Willow Stevens

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