Baked Apples with Granola
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These Baked Apples with Granola make a simple breakfast, mid-morning snack, or easy dessert. Sweet apples are filled with a brown sugar granola mixture and then baked until tender. Top them with a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream and you’ll be baking these over and over again!
I think it’s safe to assume that I love apples. From my Slow Cooker Apple Butter, to these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars and those Caramel Apple Danish, this delectable fruit screams fall to me.
Sure, I’ll eat apples any time of the year, but they seem to taste even better when the leaves start changing and the weather gets cooler. Agreed?
Well, pull up a chair, pour some coffee, and keep on reading because you’re going to love my newest apple creation! Paula Dean, one of my favorite cooks, inspired this easy baked apples recipe. And it’s definitely on my top list of seasonal favorites!
Baked Apples with Granola. Does it get any better than that?
These Simple Baked Apples with Granola make a great breakfast, mid-morning snack, or easy dessert. Sweet apples are filled with a brown sugar granola mixture and then baked until tender. Top them with a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream and you’ll be baking these over and over again!
This dish does call for some sugar, but since apples and granola are involved, it can’t be that bad…right?
The apples bake up soft and full of flavor. One bite and it’s almost like tasting a warm and cozy applesauce, with a sprinkling of granola! And because you spice up the granola with a mixture of cozy fall flavors, it makes a sweet and crunchy topping for the apples.
Baked Apples with Granola have quickly become my favorite fall snack. And since I always have an extra apple or two lying around my kitchen, it’s also a quick and healthy way to whip up a delicious treat.
So if you’re looking for a new (and mouthwatering) way to use up those apples, give these Baked Apples with Granola a try! You’ll love the soft apple texture, combined with the sweet and hearty granola!
Ingredients in Simple Baked Apples
These granola-stuffed baked apples require few ingredients:
- Light brown sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Vanilla bean paste (or extract)
- Ground cinnamon
How to Bake Apples
Guys, this recipe is so easy! There is no peeling or slicing of apples with these babies! You simply slice an apple in half, scoop out the middle, fill with a granola mixture, and pop ’em in the oven. What could be easier than that?
Carefully scoop out apple filling. Set apples in a 9×13-inch baking dish.
In a medium bowl, stir together granola, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
Spoon mixture into apple halves.
Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until apples are tender.
What Kind of Granola Should I Use?
Any kind you’d like! You can use store-bought granola or make it yourself. A few of my favorite granola recipes include: Pumpkin Spice Granola, Apple Pie Granola, and Banana Bread Granola.
Can I Prep This Recipe in Advance?
No, this baked apple breakfast is best enjoyed right away.
Tips for Making Stuffed Baked Apples
- Use any variety of apple you’d like in this recipe. I used Honey Crisp, but Gala, Granny Smith, etc. will all work.
- To keep this easy baked apples recipe dairy-free, use melted coconut oil in place of the butter (it will alter the flavor slightly).
- There’s no need to peel the apples before baking them. The skin tastes great after being baked!
Looking for more things to make with apples? I’ve got you covered!
- Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Caramel Apple Crisp
- Apple Pie Monkey Bread
- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Simple Baked Apples with Granola
- 2 apples, halved (I used honey crisp, but any kind will do)
- 1 cup granola, any kind
- ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, (or vanilla extract)
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Carefully scoop out apple filling, leaving about ¼ inch apple shell left in skin. Set apples in prepared dish.
- In a medium bowl, stir together granola, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
- Spoon mixture into apple halves. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until apples are tender.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Serve immediately.
- Inspired by Paula Deen's Fall Baking - 2014 magazine.
- Apples are best eaten the same day.
Photos updated September 2018
What a fun way to eat baked apples & granola together! I have some pumpkin granola from TJ that I need to use up before it goes stale. This would be perfect!
Yum! That pumpkin granola sounds like it would be the perfect fit for these baked apples, Jessie!
This is a great idea! I’ve always thought that baked apples needed something to get them off the ground. This is it! And you could drizzle some caramel on there, too…mmm.
That is such a great idea, Mir! Why didn’t I think of the caramel drizzle earlier? Well that just means that I get to make these baked apples again! 🙂
ahhh I’m SO going to need to try these, they are like the perfect healthy desert…or breakfast, I mean it IS an apple and granola 😉 and I love the combo of crunchy granola and the soft baked apple! Gayle these look great 😉 pinning! have a beautiful weekend!
Yes! You can’t go wrong with apples and granola together…it’s technically health food, right? Thanks so much for the pin and apple love, Michele! Have a great weekend, too!
Hi Gayle! I love this idea for my mid-morning Fall snack, when I’m ravenously hungry and need something to keep me going. Delicious. So Fallish. And so easy, I have all these ingredients right on hand. Paula Deen’s recipes are good =) Have a great weekend!
This is such a great mid-morning snack, Laura! And so easy, too! Plus, it makes your house smell wonderful. Hope you have a great weekend too, Laura!
I love this! It looks sooo easy, and it goes back to that theme of making fruit feel dessert-like! This is a great idea, Gayle! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much for the kind words, Sarah! This is sort of a healthy-ish dessert, and you can’t go wrong with fruit! 🙂
I love a nice easy dessert! These look great, and I love that turquoise baking dish!
Thanks, Kelly! I got the dish from Crate and Barrel! 🙂 And I love easy dessert, too!
This is so simple yet sounds delicious. I am for sure going to need baked apples with granola in my life. Pinning!
Thanks for the apple love and pin, Jen! This is definitely a fruit combo that you need to try, it’s amazing!
Wow Gayle, what a simple and creative idea for a healthy fall snack ! I love it! Will try this soon, I like that you used honey crisp apples! Pinned to my apple board!
Thanks for the kind words and pin, Mira! This is such an easy and delicious snack! And the texture of the baked apples is amazing! I’m sure you’ll love this!
I think you might just like apples as much as I do.
Baking them is one of my favourite ways to eat them, apart from in a pie I think.
I am an apple fanatic, Dannii! And baking them is so delicious! Love the aroma it gives off, too!
I love baked apples this time of year! These look great!
Thanks so much, Jessica! Fall is such a great time for all of the apple dishes to make an appearance!
Who doesn’t love everything fall? This looks great!
I love baked apples, I usually stuff mine with sour cherries and ground walnuts, granola on top and some honey!
That’s a great idea to stuff the apples with cherries and walnuts, Catalina! I’ll have to try that next time!
Apples and granola – could it get any better than this! Great recipe Gayle, with the colours of fall too! 😉
Thanks, Karen! Apples and granola are my new favorite combination!
Yum that looks amazing! I love apples and granola, combining them into a baked apple sounds like the best snack ever! I just made some pumpkin granola so I am definitely doing this this weekend!
Pumpkin granola would be perfect with these apples, Stacey! And thanks for the granola love!
Omg these apples are SUCH a genius idea, Gayle! This looks much easier than making an apple crisp, and I’ll bet it tastes nearly the same!
Thanks, Sarah! And yes, definitely sort of like apple crisp…I hadn’t thought of that before!
These baked apples look fantastic, Gayle! Love that you stuffed granola in them, that sounds like such a tasty idea 🙂 Pinning!
Thanks so much for the kind words and pin, Kelly!
What a great idea to add the granola to baked apples, I always find that they are missing that crunch! Will have to give these a try before all the delicious apples are out of season.
The granola definitely gives these apples a fun kick! Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by, Louisa!
These look perfect for a lighter dessert! I agree that apples are so much better this time of year. I can’t get enough of them!
I love baking with apples year round, but they seem to taste even better in the fall! And these baked apples dessert make a perfect dessert or snack. Thanks, Danielle!
Looks lovely! All it needs is little of French vanilla ice cream! Yum!
Thanks, Valya! Ice cream would be perfect with these apples!
Wow, what a great way to eat Apples Gayle! These look so delicious and healthy! 🙂
These look amazing! I totally agree, I am NUTS for apples, especially in the fall! Especially warm, baked apples 🙂
Thanks, Ashley! Apples are so fun to bake with in the fall!
Love simple snacks like this one, Gayle! Bet that granola adds the most amazing crunch to the apple.
The granola makes these apples taste out of this world good! Thanks, Denise!
your food photography is absolutely amazing! I just stumbled upon your blog, and am so glad I did! Really looking forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! After a long week, I might have to try this recipe and indulge in their goodness
I hope you love these baked apples if you try it, Nicole! They’re delicious! And thanks so much for the kind words and for stopping by!
Oh, wonderful! You’re right that these would be a great snack any time of day. Perfect for the time of year, too 🙂
I have pulled up a chair and I’ve got my coffee – Gayle, these look so, so wonderful! I would give anything for something so warming right now! <3 The granola is the best addition ever.
Thanks so much for the kind words, Tash! The granola gives these apples an extra special touch!
These apples look delish! Love the granola, so tasty!
What a great idea! Aren’t these just the cutest, funnest fall recipe?? My friend and I were recently looking at Quest bar recipes and one of them included baked apples like this!! SO clever and fun! 🙂 LOVE it!
Thanks, Cailee! It’s a lighter, healthy treat that’s perfect for a snack, breakfast, or dessert!
These look really yummy!! Gotta try them soon!
I hope you love it if you try it, Christina!
These baked apples look fantastic! A perfect treat for the fall!! 🙂
Love baked apples, I bet they are perfect with the granola!
Granola makes these apples insanely good, Cheri!
God, I wish I could have this for breakfast right now! It looks delicious and healthy!
That is my kind of breakfast!!! Looks delicious! What a great idea.
Wow! I’ve never had baked apples like this. I’m in! beautiful pictures and such a brilliant recipe 😀 Pinning now!
Thanks so much for the kind words and pin, Vanessa! I think you would love these baked apples!
This looks amazing!! I love all things apple and granola related, especially in the fall.
Thanks, Rachel! These baked apples and granola make the perfect combination!
Wow, I’ve never had a baked apple before but these look wonderful! Yum!
Thanks, Jessica! It’s the perfect fall treat!
Oh! This is terrific! 🙂 My mom brought over a whole bushel of honey crisp apples over the weekend, and I’ve been wracking my brain for some different things I can do with them. Baked apples with granola it is! Honey crisps are the best, aren’t they? 😉
Sounds like you found the perfect use for your apples, Nicole! And yes, I love honey crisps, they’re my fave! 🙂
Baked apples and granola sound like a wonderful combination! I bet a dollop of greek yogurt on top would taste great!
Oh greek yogurt definitely sounds like it would be a great addition, Christin! Thanks for the idea! 🙂
These baked apples with granola look delicious Gayle! They make perfect use of seasonal produce right now and are perfect for a quick and easy dessert.. I could probably even justify having them for breakfast too (as they contain granola)!
Thanks so much for the kind words, Thalia! And yes, totally acceptable for breakfast…it’s somewhat healthy, right?! 🙂
There is just something SOOOO magical about eating apples around this time of the year! The weather is just perfect for warm, cozy fall spiced granola nestled in those delicious baked apples!!!!! OMG! It’s almost midnight here and I am craving these so bad!!!!! Perhaps, I’ll be making these for brunch tomorrow! hehehe!!! LOVED it, Gayle!!!!! :*
I agree, Samina! Apples just taste better in the fall. Thanks so much for the kind words!
Mmmm! I always forget about baked apples. They are so easy and I always have apples in my fridge… I need to start making them ASAP!! These ones sound delicious!
Thanks, Jess! This was actually my first time trying baked apples, and it definitely won’t be the last!
I love baked apples, and I’d be quite happy to eat this for dessert, breakfast, or as a snack! Keep those apple recipes coming! 🙂
Thanks, Marcie! I have a few more in store before the season ends! 🙂
I need to make this asap! A big scoop of vanilla ice cream would go wonderfully with this! 🙂
Ice cream would be the perfect touch! Thanks, Jocelyn!
Just a small improvement to suggest. Adding a small layer of water to the bottom of the pan with the apples. As they cook, their juices missed with the granola much inevitable leaks down into the pan. With the water there, it mixes together and makes this delicious syrup that you can put on top of the apple just before eating. It’s so good, mmmm
Good idea, thanks for sharing!