This week has been a doozy.
Between balancing work, transferring the blog to a new host, having the blog break during said transfer, and figuring out what to pack for FNCE, it’s been slightly chaotic in my house. When life gets busy, I need to have an arsenal of recipes that I can turn to. Recipes for speedy dinners, lightning fast lunches, and quick treats for when the sweet tooth strikes.
Which is why I am OBSESSED with these Stuffed Baked Apples.
They are delicious, highlight the flavors of the season, and they are so fast to pull together.
Like, less than 45 minutes start to finish fast.
And aren’t they the prettiest? (and less than 120 calories per serving!!)
These Stuffed Baked Apples start with…
… apples. I like a sweet, firm apple (these are empire apples) because they stand up nicely in the oven and add a bit of sweetness without having to add more sugar.
Cut the apple in half length-wise and remove the core and stem – I tried with a knife (and nearly amputated my finger) and then realized the core comes out easily when using a teaspoon. So don’t be like me and use a spoon to core your apples.
Lay the apples in a baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
Then prep the stuffing!
Brown sugar, quick cooking oats, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Using your (squeaky) clean hands, work the butter into the butter and oats.
Evenly divide the stuffing between each apple half.
Before popping the apples into a preheated 350 degree oven, pour a bit of water on the bottom of the baking dish – this prevents the apples from burning on the bottom! Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the apple is tender and the filling is brown and bubbly.
They are perfectly delicious solo, but a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream would be divine too!
Easy recipes are life savers – what’s your favorite quick recipe?
Your busy bee friend,
- 3 medium-sized apples - choose a firm, sweet apple (like empire)
- 3 tablespoons quick cooking oats
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Cooking spray
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- Cut apples length-wise and remove the core and stems - this should make a little divot in the middle of the apple. Arrange in an even layer, cut side up, in the baking dish.
- In a small bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Using your clean hands, work the butter into the other ingredients. Evenly portion out stuffing into divot.
- Pour some water into the bottom of the baking dish (just enough to barely cover the bottom) and bake the apples for 30-40 minutes or until the apples are tender and the filling is brown and bubbly! Serve alongside some whipped cream or ice cream, but these apples are great by themselves too!