Yummy baked apples

CHA Dietitian shares a seasonal dessert recipe

By Caitlin VanDreason, RD, LDN, Chief Clinical Dietitian

Apples are a great way to add more soluble fiber to your diet, which has cholesterol-lowering benefits. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C and are rich in antioxidants. If you have a few extra apples in the refrigerator or just got back from apple picking, try out this recipe for baked apples!


  • 2 medium sweet red apples
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup apple juice or cider


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut each apple in half horizontally. Use a melon baller or spoon to remove the core from each half, creating a rounded hole.
  3. Combine nuts, oats, brown sugar, cranberries, butter, cinnamon and salt. Use your fingers or a fork to mix until mixture resembles coarse meal. Fill each apple half with about 2 tablespoons of oat mixture.
  4. Place apples in an 8-inch baking dish; pour apple juice around apples in dish. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving size: 1 stuffed apple half
  • Calories: 151; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 8mg; Sodium: 100mg; Total Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Protein: 1g
  • Serves 4

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Recipe adapted from www.eatright.org.

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