Sweet and tender baked apples that have been stuffed with a mixture of granola and peanut butter make a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert!
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!
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. 😉
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. 🙁
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.
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! 😉
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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. 😉
Recipe originally posted at Dessert Now, Dinner Later on January 16, 2014.
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