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.
- Baking Pan
- Medium-Sized Bowl
Ingredients for the Apples
- 3 pcs Apples Honeycrisp, Fuji, Golden Delicious, or Granny Smith are all good choices
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Ingredients for the Granola Topping
- 6 tbsp Butter
- 3/4 cup Rolled Oats
- 2/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon Salt
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.