Sweet baked apples stuffed with warm oatmeal and drizzled with caramel – the ultimate comfort food.
Every September, I drag my husband apple picking. Every September, he reminds me that under no circumstances should I buy as many apples as I did the year prior.
Without fail, I pick enough apples to feed a family of 6 farm boys apple pie for a month!
I understand, intuitively, that 10 pounds of apples is an excessive amount for a household of two. Then we arrive at the orchard and I lose all sense of reason. The air is so fresh, the apples so ripe, and the prospect of apple everything is so enticing, I have no choice but to fill my sack until the seams nearly burst. Reality hits when we arrive home, and I realize that my haul occupies every refrigerator drawer and a sizeable chunk of the counter. Suddenly, baking apples into our every meal isn’t just a nice idea – it’s a necessity.
A classic, double-crust apple pie is a tradition, but also a labor of love to which I commit but once per fall. After the pie is done, I love using apples for recipes that are still yummy but demand far less meticulous peeling, chopping, and pie crust making. Enter Streusel Filled Baked Apples, a low-fuss fall dessert that’s warm, comforting, and guaranteed to deplete your orchard supply!
These baked apples need only a few simple ingredients: fresh apples, oatmeal, brown sugar, warm spices, and pecans. The nuts are completely optional, but completely delicious, and with Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal, this dessert is completely gluten-free.
Core the apples to create a little “well”, then stir together the oatmeal, brown sugar, pecans and spices. Easy-peasy.
Time to stuff! Pack the brown sugar oatmeal filling inside the apples, top with a touch of butter, then you are ready to bake. The oven sweetens and tenderizes the apples and the oatmeal filling becomes toasty, brown sugary, and wonderful.
These baked apples are lovely eaten plain like this for breakfast, but even more lovely when topped with fun fixin’s. Yoplait vanilla yogurt is a classic choice, and the limited addition Yoplait Greek 100 Caramel Apple is a tasty way to double your fall-flavor hit. The final drizzle of caramel is over-the-top in the best possible way.
Streusel Filled Baked Apples can be served warm right out of the oven and save well in the refrigerator. Simply reheat in the microwave, smother with yogurt and caramel, then dive into fall bliss.
I’m so smitten with this simple fall dessert that this year when we go to the orchard, I might just have to pick a few extra apples, just to be safe!