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Baked Apples with Spiced Oatmeal

Just checking in quickly today to share a nice little apple breakfast recipe that we have been making a lot lately. We know that August hasn’t ended yet and we all want to hold on to summer for as long as we can and pretend that winter isn’t coming. But we thought we’d provide you with a little something for when the first chillier days arrive (which has already happened here btw) and you hear raindrops come knocking on your window sills. For those moments, you can just bust these baked apples out of the oven, let the scent of warm cinnamon spread through your home and immediately feel a little better about the whole situation.

We have been making variations of this both as breakfast and dessert – filling them with oatmeal topped with yogurt for breakfast, and a date and almond paste topped with whipped cream for dessert.

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The idea to pimp regular oatmeal/porridge by stuffing it inside baked apples is pretty great in its simplicity. But here we make it a tad more special and extra delicious by cooking the oatmeal with pure apple juice/cider, spices, butter or coconut oil and chopped almonds for extra rich flavor and texture. We then top the baked apples with a thick yogurt and drizzle with ginger honey for sweetness. And if you’ve got a little nut butter at home, that’s also good on top. Always use local apples if they are available and in season, they taste way better!

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I’d love to chat more, but it was my birthday yesterday and Luise surprised me with a dinner, sleepover and breakfast at Stedsans in the Woods. It’s a restaurant in the middle of the Swedish forest with great food, beduin tents, outdoor showers and a floating sauna. So we’re pretty eager to experience it. I’ll probably share a few snaps on my Instagram stories later tonight, if you want to check it out.

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Oh, and if you have the feels for more apple recipes, check out these ones from our blog archive:

• Apple, Almond & Buckwheat Muffins

• Apple & Cinnamon Tray Cake

• Chia Parfait & Apple Crunch

Hazelnut, Chocolate & Apple Buns

Apple & Oat Biscuits

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Baked Apples with Spiced Oatmeal and Ginger Honey

We made this recipe with 10 apples because we wanted to make a large batch, but you can just as well make it for two or four people by reducing the amounts.

10 apples
juice from 1/2 lemon

Apple Oatmeal
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup unfiltered and unsweetened apple juice/cider (or milk of choice or water)
1 1/2 cup water
2 tbsp almonds, finely chopped

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground vanilla
3 tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
10-15 almonds, chopped

a large pinch salt

Serve
1 cup full-fat greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt)
Ginger Honey (simply stir lots of freshly grated ginger into honey over low heat)
10-15 almonds, chopped
ground cinnamon

Set the oven to 200°C / 400 °F. Prepare the apples by cutting off the top and then, using a sharp small knife or apple corer, scoop out the seeds and core in the center of each apple. Use a small spoon to scoop out enough apple flesh to make room for the porridge. (The flesh can be chopped and mixed into the oatmeal before filling the apples). Rub the inside of the apples with a little lemon juice and place them in a baking tray with high sides.

Add all the oatmeal ingredients except butter and to a medium sized sauce pan and bring to a boil while stirring. Lower the heat and cook until creamy. Stir in the butter (or coconut oil) and almonds towards the end and then fill the apples with the oatmeal, top with a pinch extra cinnamon and put the apple tops back on. Add 2 tbsp water to the bottom of the baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the apples are soft. Keep an eye on the oven as different apple varieties need different baking time.

Serve the apples on a plate, topped with a dollop yogurt, chopped almonds, cinnamon and a drizzle of ginger honey.

22 Comments

  1. Posted 26 Aug ’17 at 07:00 | #

    WHOA. There are few things I like more than oatmeal and baked apples. So excited to give these a try!

  2. Posted 26 Aug ’17 at 07:44 | #

    Stuffed apples freshly baked from the oven are the most amazing fall treats! Thank you for sharing an amazing recipe!

  3. Roberta
    Posted 26 Aug ’17 at 16:03 | #

    Happy birthday!!
    Enjoy every minute!
    Thanks for the recipe, I will try to stuff some local peaches and see how they flirt with some porridge…!

  4. Posted 26 Aug ’17 at 23:55 | #

    Oh that is such a great idea! Love it! Thank you, your blog is so so great! And your photos absolutely perfect!

  5. Wil
    Posted 27 Aug ’17 at 00:02 | #

    This is really a desert and not a breakfast. Dont get me wrong, it looks great but this is just a moderately healthy (oatmeal) ingredient cooked in sugar water (apple juice) and stuffed into a sugar bomb (apple). In moderation is the only thing I’d caution.

  6. birgit
    Posted 27 Aug ’17 at 22:37 | #

    yeah – i love apple crumble with oats and almonds
    this is right the opposite and i can’t wait to try

  7. Emma
    Posted 28 Aug ’17 at 04:24 | #

    Looks absolutely lovely! Just one question, does the bottom of the apple have to be intact for the porridge not to leak out? Sounds like the easiest way of carving the hole is with an apple corer, and they create a hole…

    • Tina
      Posted 3 Sep ’17 at 09:18 | #

      My two cents: I always use a melon baller for hollowing out apples – this way it’s easy to keep the bottom intact.

      Great recipe!

  8. Posted 28 Aug ’17 at 11:18 | #

    Miam Miam! What a nice idea for a dessert! Thanks for sharing and Happy birthday dear David! :)

  9. Posted 28 Aug ’17 at 13:20 | #

    It never occurred to me to stuff a baked apple! Brilliant!!!

  10. Posted 29 Aug ’17 at 13:18 | #

    oh wow! These looks absolutely gorgeous! Im going apple picking next month (an annual thing) and saving this recipe for afterwards. I usually make an American style pie (since Im an American living in the UK), apple pancakes with buckwheat flour and baked apples (but not this way). Looking forward to it!

  11. Emma
    Posted 29 Aug ’17 at 21:52 | #

    Such a beautiful and simple weekend breakfast!

  12. Posted 29 Aug ’17 at 23:49 | #

    Happy belated birthday! I hope you had the best little trip in the forest. Your stories looked so beautiful. Totally craving this fall treat and cannot wait for things to cool down here, this is totally brilliant. Thanks for sharing you guys! Enjoy those last little bits of summer up there.

  13. Posted 30 Aug ’17 at 07:19 | #

    Thanks for this recipe. Can’t wait to see this recipe in one of our clutAtrad events.Thanks a bunch for bringing vegetarian recipe easily accessible to all.

  14. Posted 30 Aug ’17 at 07:46 | #

    Your photos are beautiful! This would be such a delicious fall recipe – oh, I can’t wait already!

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  15. Posted 31 Aug ’17 at 14:27 | #

    I’m so excited for the cold to finally hit us again. Winter is the best season!

  16. Posted 1 Sep ’17 at 01:37 | #

    These look ABSOLUTELY delicious! I can’t believe I have (almost) all of the ingredients, so I will be making this tomorrow! I can already smell the warm, cinnamon-y apples… Thanks for sharing!

  17. Posted 3 Sep ’17 at 21:16 | #

    No worries about it not quite being fall yeat … I say, bring it on!

  18. Posted 4 Sep ’17 at 20:19 | #

    Oh, this sounds wonderful! I am not a big fan of oatmeal, although the rest of the family loves it. This will certainly help me with my oatmeal consumption. Sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing, and happy belated birthday! Hope it was a wonderful trip!

  19. Posted 5 Sep ’17 at 12:07 | #

    Yummo. This sounds delicious. I’m going to use Granny Smith apples. I always like them for cooking. Thanks

  20. Posted 5 Sep ’17 at 22:10 | #

    I have to try this :)

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  21. Vera from Lisbon
    Posted 10 Sep ’17 at 23:46 | #

    Hello Luise and David (very happy birthday to you)! You just don’t ever go wrong, do you?! ;-) I’ve made half batch of this recipe today and simply loved it, so I can´t wait to try it with the different types of apples. I’ve had it as an afternoon treat and tomorrow I’ll take it to work for a morning snack. Thank you for all the great ideas! :)

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