Healthy Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples
Let’s add Healthy Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples to that prized collection of sneaky recipes that look and feel super-duper special and five-star fancy, but are actually a great way to eat more dessert with minimal effort.
I teamed up with So Delicious to share this tasty recipe for Healthy Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples. All opinions are my own.
The Greatness that is Healthy Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples
Healthy Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples outward appearance: Glossy magazine cover. Martha Stewart. Grandma’s from-scratch apple crisp. Delicious.
Healthy Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples inner reality: The coffee stain on my glossy magazine cover. Betty Crocker. I was craving apple crisp but feeling too lazy to actually make apple crisp. Delicious.
A few weeks ago, I had a crisper drawer full of apples threatening to spoil and a strong hankering for something warm and comforting that I could top with my favorite So Delicious Dairy-Free Mousse. I wanted it to be apple-centric like a crisp or crumble… without the work of making an actual crisp. My sweet solution: Healthy Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples.
Like an apple crisp, this easy stuffed baked apple recipe is relatively fuss-free, but what I love about it is that it really puts the fruit first. You still get plenty of the streusel goodness—the granola crunch stuffed inside the apples melt and infuse the apples with sweet cinnamon goodness, while the bits on top turn crisp and golden—but the apples are the star.
If you are looking for a lighter dessert, these Healthy Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples topped off with So Delicious Dairy-Free Mousse are such a stellar option. While the recipe includes just enough sugar and oil (or vegan butter) to make them taste indulgent, one serving is a fraction of the calories you’ll find in a standard serving of apple crisp.
And have you tried the So Delicious Dairy-Free Mousse? If not, you’re definitely missing out. You can find it at most grocery stores, located near other one pint mousse and ice cream options.
I love the mousse consistency… so creamy and fluffy! And I love that it’s dairy-free and low calorie. In fact, you can enjoy the incredibly tasty flavors swirled with delicious mousse for 330 or fewer calories per pint. It’s seriously So Delicious!
The baked apple recipe is also easy to scale and make ahead for a crowd. I included an amount for four apples, but you can easily reduce it for a smaller group or multiply it for a dinner party.
To make the recipe in advance, a few hours before you’d like to serve, prepare the apples, stuff them with the oat mixture, then pop the whole pan in the refrigerator. Bake the apples during dinner, and by the time dessert is ready, your whole kitchen will smell like tantalizing, fall-spiced Yankee Candle brought to life.
In the oven, the apples sweeten and soften, while the brown sugar and oats caramelize inside. Once cooked, the soft apple slices easily with a fork, and you are guaranteed to get just the right amount of streusel in every bite.
What I love most about these Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples, in addition to the fact that they are simple to make and sublime to eat, is their duo appeal. The taste is old fashioned, comforting, and familiar, but the presentation feels modern and fresh.
In other words, your grandmother and your hip foodie friend will both approve. They will both ask for second helpings too!
More easy, healthy apple dessert recipes:
Healthy Apple Crisp from Ambitious Kitchen
Simple Gluten-Free Apple Crisp from Cookie + Kate
Tools I used to make these Healthy Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples:
Everything you love about apple crisp has been deconstructed and baked right inside the apple!
- 4 medium-sized firm crisp-sweet apples, such as Pink Lady or Honeycrisp (do not use a soft variety like Cortland or McIntosh—they will not hold their shape)
- 1/3 cup oats (use gluten free, if needed)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1 dash ground cardamom
- 1 dash ground nutmeg
- 1 dash ground cloves
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil or melted vegan butter
- So Delicious Dairy-Free Mousse
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Wash and pat dry apples.
Slice the top 1/4 off the apples and remove the core with a paring knife and a spoon. Widen the cavity just a bit so it can accommodate the crisp mixture.
Mix the crisp ingredients and spoon the mixture into the apples, pushing down slightly to fill the apple completely.
Set the apples in a baking dish and add about 1/2 inch hot water to the pan. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, or until everything is hot and the apples are tender.
Allow apples to cool slightly (only for a couple of minutes) and serve with a scoop of So Delicious Dairy-Free Mousse. Enjoy!
*Feel free to use your favorite granola to replace the oat/pecan mixture. I would still stir the granola with 1 tablespoon coconut oil or melted vegan butter. *Spices other than cinnamon are optional. If you don't have one or more on-hand, just leave it out. And feel free to add more or less of any spice.