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!
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?
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 350F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Carefully scoop out apple filling, leaving about 1 /4 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.
**september 2018 update! this recipe was originally posted in October 2014. i decided that the photos desperately needed updating, so i reshot the recipe (but still kept the ingredient list and directions the same). i also kept the original post/story above that i wrote four year ago!**