Baked Breakfast Apples

Baked Breakfast Apples ~

Juicy Baked Breakfast Apples are stuffed with oatmeal, topped with a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream or yogurt for the coziest breakfast around!

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Baked Breakfast Apples with Oatmeal ~

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I love it when a healthy breakfast feels like a decadent treat! These baked breakfast apples are soft, sweet and warm  —  just break into one with your spoon and creamy oatmeal, raisins, and nuts come tumbling out. I don’t think you’ll ever want to leave the breakfast table!

SweeTango apples for Baked Breakfast Apples ~

I love baked apples, but they’ve always seemed at bit…well, tame, for dessert. It occurred to me that they might work even better for breakfast, and I was right! I stuffed my SweetTango apples with oatmeal and popped them in the oven. They become tender but still retain their juicy crunch, and the natural sweetness of the apple is perfect for the first meal of the day.

Baked Breakfast Apples filled with a nutty oatmeal and topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup ~

I lop off the top of the apples and scooped out the cores with a spoon. I scrape out a little more of the fruit to enlarge the openings just a bit.

TIP: a sprinkle of lemon juice on the cut apples prevents browning.

I fill the cavities with oats that have soaked in milk, along with some fruits and nuts to make it all interesting. A little water in the bottom of the pan and a cover of foil helps everything steam perfectly in 40 minutes. The apples come out softened, but not mushy, and the filling is nice and hot.

Baked Breakfast Apples ready for the oven ~

Top the baked breakfast apples with some whipped cream, clotted cream, whipped yogurt, or creme fraiche, along with a little brown sugar, honey or maple syrup. File this under fantasy B&B type breakfast recipes, along with my Bourbon Banana Butter,  Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Bars, and Cardamom Crumb Cake.

Baked Breakfast Apples stuffed with oatmeal, raisins, and walnuts ~

3.3 from 57 votes

Baked Breakfast Apples

Juicy Baked Breakfast Apples are stuffed with oatmeal, topped with a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream or yogurt for the coziest breakfast around!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Author Sue Moran


  • 4 apples
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk (any kind of milk will work)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp raisins


  • brown sugar maple syrup, or honey
  • whipped cream yogurt, creme fraiche, or half and half


  • set oven to 350F
  • Mix the oats, milk and cinnamon in a small bowl, and set aside for an hour. You can do this the night before if you like.
  • Slice the top 1/4 off the apples and remove the core with a paring knife and a spoon. Widen the cavity just a bit so it can accommodate the oatmeal. Brush with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • Mix the oatmeal with the nuts and raisins and spoon it into the apples, pushing down slightly to fill the apple completely.
  • Set the apples in a baking dish and add about 1/2 inch hot water to the pan. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, or until everything is hot and the apples are tender.
  • Serve immediately with the garnishes of your choice.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • For an extra decadent treat, serve the apples in shallow bowls with a puddle of warm cream or half and half at the bottom.


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  • Reply
    Rayessa Bell
    December 14, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    5 stars
    Great for beginners. The cook time was perfect for the texture of the apples. Tried this for the first time, and will be making these as gifts all season long. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Reply
      December 14, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      Happy holidays Rayessa 🙂

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    Susan Greene
    October 4, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Where does the lemon juice come in.

    • Reply
      October 4, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      You’ll sprinkle it on the apple to prevent browning, I just clarified that.

  • Reply
    September 27, 2020 at 9:44 am

    4 stars
    do we have to use raisins or nuts

    • Reply
      September 27, 2020 at 10:20 am

      No not at all, leave them out or substitute what you like.

  • Reply
    September 26, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    how many calories per apple? thanks

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    September 26, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Can these be cooked in the microwave?

    • Reply
      September 26, 2020 at 8:09 am

      I haven’t tried that Carol, you could definitely try, but I’m not sure they would cook evenly.

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    Jaime Jones
    December 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Can this be done with steel cut oats?

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Yes, you can do this with steel cut oats ~ I would let them soak them overnight in that case.

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    Joy Massa
    November 9, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! TVFGI original recipes ROCK! Thank you so much for an inspired Fall/Winter breakfast treat! I’m making them for tomorrow, beginning with soaking oats overnight!

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    October 25, 2016 at 7:11 am

    It’s definitely oatmeal time again and I love how you paired it with a baked apple for a special breakfast treat! It looks fantastic!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 25, 2016 at 4:28 am

    This is wonderful Sue! This would be perfect for company or anytime. I love this creative and beautiful recipe. Thanks 🙂

  • Reply
    October 23, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    This looks wonderful. Do you know how many carbs it has? I am on a low carb diet due to high sugar.

    • Reply
      October 23, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Joyce ~ the apple itself has about 25 grams of carbohydrate, and the oatmeal might be 10 grams, depending on how much you can fit in there. If you leave off the added sugar or maple syrup, it should be pretty low overall.

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    October 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Woah Sue. . .this a great way to trick the mind into thinking it’s having dessert for brekky. And if that weren’t enough, it’s also such a fun and elegant way to serve oatmeal. . .a food that doesn’t exactly have a reputation for looking fun or elegant. Definitely giving this beauty a try.

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    October 22, 2016 at 9:30 am

    This is a good houseguest breakfast because I bet you make it the night before and then pop it in the oven while you get the coffee going. GREG

  • Reply
    Bethany @ athletic avocado
    October 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

    These breakfast baked apples look amazing! I love it when my breakfast tastes like dessert!

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness
    October 21, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    This would be a breakfast that would make me want to get up in the morning. Sounds delicious!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    October 21, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    This is exactly the breakfast I want to wake up to this weekend. Fall perfection!

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    October 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    These baked apples are beautiful and would make any breakfast feel very special. Great idea Sue!

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    October 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I would just like to mention that these make a great lunch too! I quickly put this recipe together before my daughter came in for lunch today and we loved our apples this way- even my picky 2 1/2 yr. old Grandson. We have an abundance of apples from apple picking and I was very happy to find a different way to enjoy them. Your recipe is a WINNER! Thank-you!!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    October 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Healthy dessert for breakfast. What a yummy idea!

  • Reply
    Gwen Richardson
    October 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    This breakfast idea is awesome! I am going to try this on Sunday. One question…Where did you use the Lemon? When I printed the recipe, I did not see any mention of the lemon being used in the recipe. I know that lemon keeps the apples from trying brown. Is that how you used it?

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    October 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Dessert for the breakfast…wow…I want one too, Sue. They look really beautiful and delicious.

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    October 21, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Oh man, I just love this breakfast, Sue. I’m all about savory flavors at any time of the day and is healthy comfort food at it’s best. Ever since I saw this on FB this morning I couldn’t stop thinking about it and had to some see more! Fabulous 🙂

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    April J Harris
    October 21, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I’ve often had leftover baked apples for breakfast, but I’ve never stuffed them with oats like that. What an inspired idea! Your Baked Breakfast Apples look absolutely delicious – and I love how you can eat them straight or dress them up with a bit of cream.

    • Reply
      October 21, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Thanks April ~ you’re right, they can be as healthy or as decadent as you like 🙂

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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    October 21, 2016 at 9:04 am

    OMG, not only is this delicious, it’s healthy and super easy too! I can’t wait to try these myself! I have all the ingredients! Sat breakfast would be awesome!

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    Platter Talk
    October 21, 2016 at 8:53 am

    What a perfect idea! These would make a nice snack, too. A healthy “sweet tooth” bite. Thanks.

  • Reply
    October 21, 2016 at 8:39 am

    These baked apples look absolutely perfect for a cozy, warming Autumn breakfast. I so need to try these!!

  • Reply
    Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
    October 21, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I usually put apple in my oatmeal rather than the other way round. Fantastic idea – I think these would work for dessert too.

  • Reply
    October 21, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I’m having guests next weekend and I think I’ll try these — can I make them ahead?

    • Reply
      October 21, 2016 at 7:49 am

      I guess you could prep the apples and then bake them off later. I would definitely rub the cut edges of the apples with lemon juice in that case. If the apples are cold when you put them in the oven, the cooking time might be a little longer…I think a whole pan of these would be a beautiful sight!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    October 21, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Brilliant idea to bring baked apples to breakfast! What a wonderful, warming way to start these cooler days 🙂

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    October 21, 2016 at 3:29 am

    You have the best ideas. I love this! I would be thrilled with these apples for breakfast – or a snack!

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