Everyone loves Apple Pie, but most of us are too busy to find the time to roll out pie crust and peel apples. This recipe for Granola Baked Apples gives you Apple Pie goodness without the hassle. The granola topping is crunchy and tasty as well.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Serves: 3 to 6 servings, depending on the portion sizes
There’s almost nothing that tastes or smells better than apple pie. However, rolling out the crust, peeling the apples, and baking a pie might just be more work and mess than you may want to deal with at the end of the day.
This recipe for Granola Baked Apples provides the taste of apple pie but takes away all of the labor-intensive work that goes with it. Topped with granola, this recipe is also a bit healthier than a traditional apple pie.
Nowadays we take the idea of granola for granted. Crunchy mixtures of rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and such, granola seem like something out of the 1970s “flower child” world. Granola is generally baked until it is crunchy, crumbly, and golden brown. After baking, sometimes additional ingredients like raisins, chocolate chips, and other dried fruits are stirred into the mixture.
Hikers and backpackers love using granola for their off-the-beaten-path adventures because it is nutrient-dense, easy to carry, and adds little weight to their backpacks. For those who simply enjoy granola as a nutritious snack, the additions of fresh fruit, yogurt, and milk can make granola a well-rounded snack.
Most people are more familiar with the granola bar than the loose, crumbly granola mixture. Granola bars are bits of granola mixed with honey or another sticky sweetener and baked into rectangular bars. Typically granola bars are individually wrapped so that they can be dropped into a pocket, purse, or lunch box for an easy, on-the-go snack.
Our recipe for Granola Baked Apples uses halved apples and tops them with a granola mixture. Any kind of apple will probably work for this dish, but you do want one that will stay reasonably firm in baking, like a Granny Smith or a Fuji. We used a Honeycrisp for our recipe.
For our recipes, we left the peels on the apples, but if you prefer, or if you’re cooking for someone with texture sensitivities, feel free to remove the peel. We used a melon baller to remove the cores along with a bit of extra flesh to create a hollow that we could pack with the granola ingredients.
This recipe would be a great breakfast choice or even a lovely dessert. For a healthy breakfast dish, top your Granola Baked Apples with a fresh, creamy, vanilla yogurt. For a decadent, end of the day, indulgent treat, pull out the vanilla ice cream to top the dessert. Top the whole thing with a drizzle of caramel syrup to make it even more of a luxury.
If you are baking just for yourself, we have also included the single-serving directions and recipe instructions below.
Granola Baked Apples Recipe
Ingredients for the Apples
- 2 or 3 apples that will stay firm in baking (Honeycrisp, Fuji, Golden Delicious, or Granny Smith are all good choices)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Ingredients for the Granola Topping
- 6 tablespoons butter
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
Slice your apples in half and, using a melon baller, a spoon, or the point of a sharp knife, remove the core from the apples. Scoop away a bit of the extra apple to create a cavity into which you can pack the granola. Place the apple cavity side up in the baking pan. Sprinkle the apples with the 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and move on to make the granola mixture.
Step 2: Place the butter into a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl and microwave it for about 20 or 30 seconds to melt it.
Stir in the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix it well until the mixture is evenly moistened with the butter.
Step 3: Using your hands, scoop up generous handfuls of this mixture and press it lightly into a ball, packing it into the cavity and over the top of the apples.
Divide it evenly between the six apple halves.
Cover your baking pan with aluminum foil and bake it in the oven for about 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes, or until the granola is lightly browned and the apples are soft. The dish should smell fragrant and delicious.
Remove the apples from the oven and allow them to cool for about 15 minutes. Serve warm, topped with yogurt for a healthier option or with ice cream and caramel syrup for a more indulgent treat.
Recipe Scaled for a Single Serving
If you want a single serving treat, use these recipe proportions to scale the recipe for yourself. You may want to eat one half of your apple at night with ice cream as a dessert while saving the second half for breakfast on the next day.
- 1 apple, split in half and prepared as above
- ½ teaspoon brown sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
Place the apple in a small pan, sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. Combine the below ingredients and pack them into the cavity of the apple as described above.
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon+ 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Dash cinnamon
- Dash salt
Bake as directed above.
April Freeman enjoys creating all kinds of recipes for her friends and family from her country kitchen in Middle Tennessee. She and her family raise beef cattle, chickens, and all sorts of fruits and veggies on their farm, and she specializes in featuring farm-fresh foods in the recipes that she creates and serves. April says that her slogan is “Are you hungry?” and she feels that one way of showing love and connecting with others is to serve delicious favorite foods to others. Her favorite thing to cook is pies of all kinds.