Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Baked Apples with Oatmeal Streusel Topping

This is a super easy, healthy dessert, and great for guests. I like to double or triple the recipe to make several batches on different days/weeks, or freeze the topping in portions. It's best served warm, but makes a fine cold midnight snack. It can also be made a day ahead.

1. Slice 3-4 apples in half with a large knife, then scoop out the seeds and stem parts with a melon baller.

2. Mix together:
a little over half stick/quarter cup melted butter or margarine or fat of your choice (I've used part olive oil or coconut oil.)
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup flour (I used whole wheat) or gluten-free 'flour' of your choice
1/2 cup brown sugar (or white sugar with date syrup or molasses or agave syrup)
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of salt

3. Fill and top apple halves with the mixture.

4. Bake at 350 F/180 C until tops are golden brown and apples swell, about 30 minutes.

Also see -  "Apple Crisp - No sugar added"
- a compilation of "Crusts and Crumbles".
Upside-Down Stuffed Peppers Vegetarian Stuffing

UPDATES: The last couple times I made this I included ground walnuts or hazelnuts. You can tweak the recipe to your tastes. The leftover topping is also a real treat in yogurt.

36 comments:

  1. What a simple but nice looking recipe. I make baked apples all the time, but this recipe dresses them up enough for Shabbos or company,

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    1. If you use coconut oil, it will be parve and still be delicious!

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    2. Hi z, I like coconut oil, but I try to balance it with less expensive options. I really like it for high-heat cooking of veggies, squash, etc. I've taken to writing in my posts "oil of your choice" because I feel like I never know which oil will be considered the healthiest choice tomorrow.

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  2. Love this topping idea! I am going to try these, I think. :)

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  3. I like this idea, a simple and delicious dessert. I also always have half opened bags of oatmeal from previous recipes. This is a good way to use it up.

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    1. This is great because you can use up any kind of out from Irish to quick cooking. I often use the food processor to mix it, so either way they get ground up a bit.

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  4. YUM!!! Would be awesome with a little ice cream.

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  5. Oh my gosh, i just tried this tonight and it was so delicious!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it!

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  6. Wonder how this would work with peaches....

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    1. For the peaches I would do something like this http://nonrecipe.blogspot.co.il/2011/08/mini-cherry-pies-reduced-fat.html. I don't think they will hold their shape under heat like Granny Smith apples.

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  7. Looks so yummy! I'm gonna have to try this!

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  8. Have these in the oven right now! Tried them last time and felt they needed some custard on the side so this time we're prepared :D

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  9. These really are astoundingly good. LOVE them.

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  10. Just made these tonight using coconut oil and holy moly are they delish!! I put them in muffin tins and it worked great!! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

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  11. These look amazing!!! Can't wait to try!

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  12. This recipe was amazing - it was simple & delicious. Used it for dinner with a friend and I woke up wanting another one.

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  13. Thanks for all the great comments! I'm so glad you're all enjoying these. Please let me know you're results with any flour alternatives or other substitutions.

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  14. Tried this recipe tonight. Delicious and so easy! My husband loved them. I only had honeycrisp apples, but they turned out great. Did have to bake for about 50 min. since they were large apples. Great recipe! I'll be making these again!

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    1. Glad to hear the HoneyCrisp apples worked as well. As that is the only apple I have on hand (it is my favorite brand). They are in the oven right now and smell so amazing. I have never baked apples this way and can't wait to taste them! My kids are even going crazy in anticipation!

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  15. I didn't have any GF flour, so I just used some cornstarch and added extra oats. I also added a little white sugar and vanilla.

    Super yummy!!! I may make it again today :D

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  16. I saw your photo and recipe from a link on a friends facebook page. I just recovered from seasonal flu and thought this looked just what one would need during recovery! It was wonderful and sooooo simple (necessary while sick). I got the idea from the poster that said leftovers would be good as a yogurt granola so at the end of cooking, I added some seedless raisins to a couple of the apples....it was a nice addition when I chopped up the apple with raisins and topped on a cup of yogurt. Thank you quick, easy and versatile!

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  17. I only wish we had leftover topping! This filled 8 halves for me and I'm not ashamed to say I sneaked a taste at the topping before baking. This is definitely going to be one of my regulars!

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  18. Theses look so good, we have some in the oven cooking right now, I love that it was simple enough for my 11 yr old to make pretty much on her own. The smile on her face when she finished was in itself more then worth while!!

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  19. This is always my go-to recipe!! I have made it more times than I can count. ;) Great in the crock pot, too! My seven-year old daughter has made this 'her' recipe, in that she does everything but cut the apples. :) Love it!

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  20. You say you can make these a day ahead...do you mean bake them a day before serving? Or can you assemble the night before and bake in the morning?

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    1. You can just make the topping ahead, or bake the whole thing ahead and rewarm them.

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  21. I'm wondering if anyone has substituted quinoa flakes for the oats?

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    1. I think that would work fine. Since there are no chemical reactions like rising, you can really play around with the ingredients without messing anything up. I think almond flour would work very well, or how about ground walnuts and oats and skip the flour all together?

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  22. I love this dessert. This is my third time making it and everyone loves it. It's smelling up the house & I can't wait to dig in! Thanks for sharing this.
    Hugs,
    Sami
    Www.thescrapmaster.com

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  23. I'm so glad you're enjoying it! Do you make more than one batch of topping at a time? It lasts a long time in the fridge. I looks like you are doing a lot of fun things on your blog. I miss scrap-booking.

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  24. My family loved these! I also adapted it into an apple crisp. I featured it on my blog and linked back to you! Thanks so much! http://www.allisonskinnyjeans.com/2013/06/apple-streusel-crisp.html

    Allison @ www.allisonskinnyjeans.com

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  25. Hi! I stumbled on your website and I have to say this recipe is DELICIOUS and I love how easy it is to make. I swear I could eat the topping by itself it is SO good, I love it.

    In fact I loved it so much I featured it on my Top 15 easiest, cheapest, and quickest Fall recipes list. If you want a badge for your site or just to check it out feel free to look at it out here:
    http://nickieslittlebubble.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-top-15-fall-recipes.html
    Have a good day!

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  26. YUM!!! Would be awesome with a little ice cream. Thanks for sharing it here

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