The best thing about this simple cozy dessert: it’s completely customizable. You can be as minimal as you want or get creative with your filling. The key ingredients: cinnamon, some form of sugar (coconut sugar, light brown sugar, maybe even maple syrup?), and a touch of butter (or coconut oil if you prefer). Point already proven- even the key ingredients are flexible.
Last time I made these, I added a bit more in: chia seeds, oats (that turn a little crispy in the oven so it’s almost like granola), and a touch of cardamom. Really, you can’t go wrong. See my instagram stories for a step by step of how this is made.
5-Ingredient Cinnamon Baked Apples
- 2 apples
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or light brown sugar
Keep it simple, or add in those (I highly recommend, but to each her own)
- 1 tablespoon (10g) hemp seeds or other nut/seed of your choice
- 1 tablespoon (10g) oats
- 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Core apples. This can be a bit tricky, but here are my tips:1. Use a small pairing knife.2. Make a large incision than you think- I start with a square around the core, then pop off the top.3. From there, I insert the pairing knife into the hole I just created and kind of carve out the inside of the apple by twisting it. I repeat this until I’m able to see the seeds. If the apple is soft enough, I’ll switch to a small spoon to scoop out the seeds and any remaining tough flesh.4. You don’t need to cut through to the bottom of the apple.5. It’s okay if it’s not pretty
- Place all ingredients in a small bowl. If butter is not at room temperature, place bowl in microwave for 30-40s to mostly melted. Stir to combine.
- Scoop mixture evenly into the 2 apples. Place apples on a small baking dish.
- Add in about 1/2 cup or so (enough to go up 1/4 of the way on the apples) of warm water in the pan.
- Place in oven for 30-40 minutes, until apples are tender.