A "No Peel" Apple Recipe To Make You Swoon

September 25, 2019   20 Comments

The apple season is in full swing here in New England and I can't stop buying them. The taste of fresh apples is one of life's great joys.

Baked Apple Recipe

Snack Girl loves to make apple pie except for 2 issues. The first is that peeling apples is tedious, and the second is the pastry crust with it's 8 tablespoons of butter. Butter just sticks to my butt :)

What is an apple fan to do? I went out and purchased an apple corer. Until I lived in New England, I had no idea they existed. These little tools (see below) take the core out of an apple in about 3 seconds. So FAST.

All you do is pack the center of the cored apples with good stuff like raisins and walnuts, add a sauce for braising, and you have an AMAZING replacement for apple pie. If you cook them long enough, the apples get a pudding type of texture. Combined with the crunch of the nuts, this becomes a dreamy dessert.

You can make a whole bunch of apples and then just store them in the fridge. They should last at least 4 days. This would be a great dessert to serve at Thanksgiving for people who are looking for something lighter.

A slice of apple pie can set you back 300-400 calories versus just one of these apples at 217!

Hey, and an apple with raisins, nuts, a little butter, and sugar, is pretty nutritious when you compare it to a chocolate chip cookie.

I promise that you won't miss the pie.

Do you have a special baked apple recipe? Please share.


Baked Apple Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

Makes 6 servings

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1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 apples (your favorite variety)


Preheat oven to 350F. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil and stir to combine. Mix raisins, walnuts, and orange peel in a small bowl. Core apples and place in baking dish that fits them snugly. Fill apples with raisin mixture and pour sugar mixture on and around apples. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Nutrition Facts

One baked apple is 217 calories, 6.2 g fat, 42.9 g carbohydrates, 1.6 g protein, 5.2 g fiber, 34 mg sodium, 3 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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What a great idea!! I am the same way when it comes to butter, my hips widen at the sight. I am going to print this out and make it this week!!

Great idea! I Love Walnuts but my husband doesnt. We do love though, just throwing a few cored apples in a the crock-pot much in the same way you did -plus a pat of butter and a teaspoon of brown sugar all day come home and your house smells amazing!

Love this time of the year - best time for delicious apples of all types and flavors! :-) Thanks for the great recipe.

Just in case you want to cut a little calories out - we usually use our own mixture of cinnamon and Truvia instead of brown sugar.

Enjoy! :-)

YUMMM... I think I might try the crockpot idea. I'm a big crockpot cooker. I usually make dinner in the crockpot but I don't see why I couldn't make a yummy desert to come home to.

Yum! Is that oxo apple corer really good? I have an old one that is lethal and really hard to use.

Tried this last night, DELISH!!!! I used walnuts & almonds and ground them up in my magic bullet with a little of the brown sugar, thanks so much for the recipe!!!

I grew up in WA state, apple growing capital of the US....every fall we ate apples, apples, apples. Apple pancakes, applesauce, apple salad, apples for lunch, apple butter, apple pie, and baked apples. I've discovered that you can microwave a whole apple (no need to core it), if you place it in a bowl, cover it with wax paper, cook for 2-3 minutes. When it's done, you simply pull out the core--couldn't be easier. Always one of my favorite desserts, and yes, lo-cal too.

I don't have an apple-related recipe, but I do have a crust recipe to make a light apple pie.

Makes about 9 oz dough, enough for 9-10 inch tart or single 9 inch pie crust, about 8 servings

1 C all purpose flour
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

3 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into 6 pieces

1 large egg

1 tbsp cold water

1. Combine all the dry ingredients into a food processor. Pulse 3 or 4 times to mix

2. Add the butter and pulse about 10 to 12 times to mix in finely

3. Add the egg and water and pulse repeatedly until the dough forms a ball

4 Invert the food processor to a lightly floured work surface.

5. Form the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic

6. Refrigerate for several hours to 3 days. You may immediately roll out the dough; will be soft, but entirely capable of being rolled out

Per serving: 119 calories, 5g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 3g protein, 16g carbs, 0g fiber, 38mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium :)

I put redhots,candy, in cored apples and bake.They are good.

I like to take an apple, core it, and pour a cup of hot tea (I prefer something sweet like Chamomile) sweetened with Truvia over it. Make sure you really coat it, and fill the hole with the tea. The pan should have a lip and be full of tea that has run over. I then put a dash of Cinnamon inside the apple, and bake it for 20-40 minutes... until it is perfectly soft without falling apart. Amazing. You can always add fat free greek yogurt or reddi whip free if you want a little something sweet/cold to go with it, but not necessary.

I've done something very similar to this in the crock pot. I stuffed the apples with a mix of old fashioned oats, raisins, chopped almonds, agave nectar and natural PB (just enough PB & agave to make the mixture hold together). Good idea to leave a little room in top and bottom of cored hole for oats to expand. Poured a little watered down OJ over the top of the apples and cooked on high several hours. Delish!

I core and cut up apples (I use a variety) in a microwave safe dish. I squeeze lemon juice over the apples and lightly toss them. I sprinkle the apples with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger. Then I add about a half cup of water and lightly toss them again. Cover and cook them in the microwave. They are always on our Thanksgiving table. The leftover apples are delicious on yogurt, oatmeal, quinoa or ice cream!




Thank you, Snack Girl, for a yummy looking recipe! Thanks for the reminder about the apple chips. I plan to make mine without sugar. Also, your naked apple pie. Mmmm. Who needs the crust anyway, right? Again, thanks for the inspiration to make yummy and healthy foods. XOXOXO

Baked apples: core Braeburn apples, put in microwave safe container with a bit (1/4 inch) apple juice or ginger tea or spice tea in the pan, perhaps put raisins in cored-out space or perhaps not; for 4 large apples cover and microwave on high for 9 minutes. Boom, that's it. No need for sugar, thought mom used to fill with little red cinnamon candies. Very yummy with plain yogurt or cottage cheese or all by themselves!

Oh, yeah, sprinkle generously with cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg.

Do you have the Freestyle Smart Points value per serving?

Core your apples (don’t peel them). Cut them in half vertically. Bake on a foil lined baking sheet in the oven 375* until soft and tender. Remove from oven and top with shredded or sliced cheese. Enjoy when apples are cooled and cheese is melted.

No, I don’t know how many points this would have. However, there is no sugar added at all. The only things added are lemon juice, water, the apples and the spices. The spices are what makes this taste sweet. I use a variety of types of apples. Usually I use Fuji, Granny Smith, Gallia and McIntosh apples. If fruits are still zero points, this would be an awesome dessert by itself or additive to another dish.

We have a loaded apple tree. This will be great!

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