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Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola

Sweet and tender baked apples that have been stuffed with a mixture of granola and peanut butter make a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert!

Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola ~ a tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert! | FiveHeartHome.com

Today I bring you a post that I had originally planned on sharing next month, since apples are a rather autumn-like ingredient and, well…at the moment, we’re still smack dab in the middle of a blazing hot August. I’ll get to that backstory in a moment. But first, let’s discuss this recipe, shall we?

If you’ve ever enjoyed a stuffed, baked apple, you might recall that they’re typically filled with a mixture of oats, brown sugar, and spices, then topped with a pat of butter. Easy enough, right? Well, this super simple spin on the classic only calls for three ingredients…and I bet you can guess what those ingredients are!

Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola ~ a tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert! | FiveHeartHome.com I like to keep a tub of my tried-and-true homemade granola on hand for breakfast and snacking, so that’s what I typically use in my apples. However, if you have a favorite brand of store bought granola, that will work just as well! To your granola, simply stir in a few tablespoons of peanut butter, stuff the mixture into your cored apples, and then bake until the apples are soft and sweet and the granola gets chewy in the center and crunchy on top.

The final result is a nutritious breakfast, a healthy after-school snack, or a wholesome dessert, particularly if you control the ingredients in the granola by making your own (my aforementioned fave recipe is chock-full of nuts, coconut oil, and honey). In fact, since Baked Stuffed Apples fall into the “relatively good for you” category, you shouldn’t feel too guilty if you decide to balance out all of that apple/oat/peanut butter goodness with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream melting down over the top. ;)

Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola ~ a tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert! | FiveHeartHome.com So have I convinced you to make these cozy, delicious, Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola, even if fall hasn’t arrived quite yet? At any rate, I feel certain that you’ve spent the last few paragraphs just dying to know why this recipe got bumped up in my editorial calendar. ;) Well, I’m sad to report that last Sunday, just as I was wrapping up the photo shoot for this 30-Minute Skillet Lasagna, my trusty Nikon officially kicked the bucket. I’m sans camera at the moment, and as you can imagine, being camera-less presents a rather significant challenge to a food blogger.

While I’m excited to be upgrading my equipment, I hadn’t planned on doing so quite yet. And on top of that? As a sentimental sap, I’m a tiny bit depressed that my first DSLR — the one that ignited my passion for photography, the one that’s captured my kids’ every milestone from the time my eldest was just a year old, the one that’s carried me through my first 14 months of this food blogging journey — is irreparable. So let’s all have a moment of silence for my beloved D90. :(

Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola ~ a tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert! | FiveHeartHome.com Anyway, here’s the scoop: the new camera that I’ve decided on is currently on backorder (grrrr), but it’s estimated to be on my doorstep by the middle of next week (fingers crossed!). In the meantime, a sweet friend has lent me her older model back-up camera, but I haven’t had time to try it out yet in the midst of this week’s back-to-school chaos and oh-my-gosh-I-need-a-new-camera hubbub. So I decided to buy myself a bit of time today by posting this previously photographed baked apple recipe, which I originally shared over at Dessert Now, Dinner Later last winter.

Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola ~ a tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert! | FiveHeartHome.com I plan on commencing with my regularly scheduled posts this weekend, shooting with my friend’s camera. And then hopefully by the week after next, you’ll see posts featuring photos from my shiny, new, big girl camera! In a nutshell? That’s probably way more than y’all wanted or needed to know, but I just wanted to explain any inconsistencies in my photography over the next few weeks as I figure out how to navigate an old borrowed camera and then learn a new, totally-above-my-head one. Wish me luck! ;)

Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola ~ a tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert! | FiveHeartHome.com

But in the meantime, enjoy some tasty, granola-stuffed, peanut buttery baked apples! Because anything that’s tastes like dessert yet is wholesome enough to masquerade as breakfast is definitely worth trying, whether it’s August or November. ;)

Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola

Yield: 4 baked apples

Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola

Sweet and tender baked apples that have been stuffed with a mixture of granola and peanut butter make a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert!

Ingredients

  • 4 baking apples (such as Fuji, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Braeburn, McIntosh or Rome Beauty)
  • 1 cup granola
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 cup hot water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare apples by using an apple corer, small knife, melon baller, and/or spoon to remove the stem and scoop out the seeds, leaving a 1/2-inch at the bottom of the apple intact and creating a hole that's a little less than 1 inch wide.
  3. Measure the granola into a medium bowl, and use the back of a spoon to work the peanut butter in until it's evenly incorporated. Use more or less peanut butter depending on your preference (I use 3 tablespoons when I make this recipe).
  4. Evenly divide the peanut butter/granola mixture between the apples, stuffing it down into each cored out hole. Place apples in an 8-inch square baking dish and carefully pour hot water into the bottom of the dish. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until apples are to your desired tenderness and skin looks wrinkly.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

Test apples for doneness by inserting a sharp knife into the center of an apple where it touches the granola. There should be little to no resistance. Certain varieties of apples and larger apples will take longer to soften. If apples are still too firm at the end of the baking time, you may want to recover them with foil before cooking any longer so that the granola doesn't get too dark.

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Recipe originally posted at Dessert Now, Dinner Later on January 16, 2014.
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Comments

  1. These look delicious, Samantha! I’ve made baked apples before, but never with granola in them. Or peanut butter for that matter! I’m a little jealous you get to buy a new camera. I’d love one, although I’m not really ready to buy one. Have so much fun learning about your new one and hopefully it will be on your doorstep soon! :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Julie! My new camera supposed to be here on Tuesday…eeek! I just hope I can figure it out. ;) And by the way, I stopped by your revamped blog earlier today but didn’t have a chance to leave a comment yet…LOVE IT!!! So clean and inviting. Congrats on the new design!

  2. Yum, these look like such a great breakfast!! Or, maybe I’ll have them for dessert…and add chocolate chips.. :) Thanks for the recipe, pinning! Visiting from Link party Palooza :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ooooo, chocolate chips…I like the way you think, Amanda! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by and for the pin. Hope you have a great week!

  3. Can I admit that I may be drooling over here? ;) Just kidding..well..maybe. lol These sound delicious and I must make them asap! My picky toddlers may even like them!

    (visiting from the Tater Tots and Jello Party Palooza)

  4. Yummy!!!!

  5. Samantha this sounds perfect! Love the peanut butter addition… genius girl! :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Krista…I’ve never been one to pass up any excuse to incorporate peanut butter… ;)

  6. Im confused, do you put the granola in before putting them in the oven? Look amazing, cant wait to try! x

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Well, you have good reason to be confused, Mary…it looks like I left a sentence out of the recipe directions! So sorry!!! I’ve since fixed it, but I really appreciate you pointing it out! So…you mix the peanut butter into the granola, stuff the apples with the mixture, place them in the baking dish as directed, and then bake everything. Hope that helps and thanks again for pointing out my error! :)

  7. Just a quick note to let you know that I hoping to make the stuffed apples this weekend with my children.

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