Baked Apples with Cinnamon-Oat Topping

Breakfast or dessert or a snack.  This recipe is perfect any time of the day.

Baked Apples with Cinnamon-Oat Topping
  1. 2 medium sweet red apples (such as Gala or Braeburn)
  2. 1 tablespoon cold butter, finely chopped
  3. 3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans (or substitute walnuts)
  4. ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 2 tablespoons uncooked quick-cooking oats
  6. ⅛ teaspoon salt
  7. 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  8. ½ cup 100-percent apple juice
  9. 1 tablespoon chopped dried cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut each apple in half horizontally.
  3. Use a melon baller or spoon to remove the core from each half, creating a rounded hole.
  4. Combine nuts, oats, brown sugar, cranberries, butter, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Use your fingers or a fork to mix until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  6. Fill each apple half with about 2 tablespoons of oat mixture.
  7. Place apples in an 8-inch baking dish; pour apple juice around apples in dish.
  8. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
  9. Bake 30 minutes.
  10. Remove foil, and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown.
  11. Baking time will vary depending on the variety, size and ripeness of the apples.
  12. Apples are finished when easily pierced with a toothpick.
  1. Serves 4. Per (1 apple) serving: 151 calories, 7g fat, 2g saturated fat, 8mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 1g protein.
  2. Source: Jessica Cox, RD, is a culinary nutritionist and chef based in Birmingham, Ala., see complete recipe at
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