These Cinnamon Baked Apples will remind you of hot apple pie straight from the oven. Sweet fuji apples, brown sugar, gluten free oats, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg make this the only skillet dessert recipe you’ll ever need!
Have you ever just been in the mood for apple pie, but didn’t want to go through the whole pie-making process? I mean, it’s great for holidays and all, but sometimes hauling out the rolling-pin and making a mess on the counters is just too much for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
That’s where Cinnamon Baked Apples step in. All of the flavor of apple pie, none of the messy setup. Plus, it’s way easier to make!
If you checked last week’s post, Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Coconut & Cream Cheese Frosting, you might have noticed that I’ve been in a dessert mood lately. And, if I have to be in a dessert mood, the least I could do is stuff it into an apple and fill it with oats.
The healthy ingredients cancel out the sugar, right? Right?!
I’m going to keep telling myself this until I really believe it.
I’ve also made my triumphant return from Ohio. Hooray! It was a very interesting trip, and I definitely learned a lot. Now, more than ever, I’m feeling inspired to pursue a master’s degree in food science. I’ve started looking into requirements for online programs.
You know, so I can attend class while my next blog recipe is in the oven. Multitasking, right?
I’ve always thought I’d attend graduate school someday, and there’s no time like the present, right? To be honest, I really miss college. Not because of the carefree lifestyle many college kids live. Or the parties. Or when my biggest responsibility was to make sure I spent that hour studying in the quad instead of checking facebook.
Even though I don’t exactly not miss those things.
What I miss most, in the nerdiest way, is learning. The answer to this, I think, is graduate school.
It’s time for a Master’s degree.
For these Cinnamon Baked Apples, I highly recommend using fuji apples. They’re a little bit sweeter, and just work really well in this recipe. If I had granny smith apples on hand I might use them, too.
I’m also thinking that this recipe would be pretty good with pears. I haven’t tried it yet, but I definitely think that’s going to make an appearance around the holidays.
No, but seriously, I’m snacking on one of these cinnamon baked apples as I type this. And they are an “OMG” kind of good.
They are the almost didn’t make it through the photo shoot without being eaten kind of good.
They are the I would share, but I don’t think I’m physically capable of sharing these because they’re so good kind of good.
Also, and I think you’re going to love this part, you can freeze them! I made a big batch of these cinnamon baked apples, put them in individual plastic bags and put them in the freezer. Then, whenever I’m craving one I just put it in a bowl and microwave it for 2-3 minutes.
It’s kind of like cinnamon baked apples on demand.
Yes, I think I can get on board with this.
- 6 medium fuji apples
- 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 2/3 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup gluten free all purpose flour
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter softened
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 4 tbsp honey
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a large skillet and set aside.
Cut tops off of apples (about 1/2 inch down from top).
Use a spoon to scoop out middle of apples (with core). Discard.
Stand apples up in skillet.
In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, raisins, oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt.
Add softened butter and work all ingredients together until moist.
Evenly distribute all filling into apples.
Drizzle apples with honey.
Cover skillet with tinfoil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, or until tops of apples are golden brown and a fork goes through the apples easily.
Let cool slightly and serve.