Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Pecan Oatmeal Stuffed Baked Apples

I love apples. LOVE THEM! The stores up here in Boston all have at least 10 different types of apples to choose from; I didn’t even know that many existed! While perusing through the aisles at Barnes & Noble, Nick and I found a booklet filled with all the different kinds of apples that grow around here and I was stunned!

While working in a grocery store, I am often tasked with stacking apples. You have to do it in a particular way so that they both look nice and are stable enough to be rifled through for the customers. I love doing apples — They smell AMAZING, and each box of apples that is opened unleashes a delicious aroma that lingers for an hour.

I was looking for a recipe that could double as both a treat and a quick breakfast, and I think this recipe adapted from Oh She Glows fits that perfectly. This made enough for leftovers that, when reheated this morning for breakfast, were delicious! It was also really yummy served warm with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream on top as a dessert after dinner. 🙂

Apple Cinnamon Pecan Oatmeal Stuffed Baked Apples

Ingredients

2 Honeycrisp Apples

2 cups rolled whole-grain oats

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/3 cup chopped pecans

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups vanilla flavored Almond Milk

3 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp honey

1/4 cup raisins

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. After coring and washing both apples, set them standing up side-by-side in a shallow baking dish.

Combine all other ingredients except for the honey and 1 tbsp of syrup.

Spoon the mixture into the apples, and pour the rest into the baking dish surrounding them.

Drizzle honey and remainder of syrup over the top of the apples and oatmeal mixture.

Bake for 45 – 55 minutes, checking for doneness by inserting a sharp knife into the apples. They should be soft on the outside but still relatively firm on the inside!

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