Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples
Enjoy our easy Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples infused with our Hot Spicy Cinnamon Made With Organic Black Tea for a delicious dessert, holiday side dish or even a make ahead breakfast idea.
If you love the taste of baked apples but don’t like all the extra refined sugar, then this easy apple recipe is for you. We have made this recipe with alternative sweeteners like date paste and maple syrup to keep it vegan and refined sugar free. (Also included are recipe ingredient exchanges to make this recipe just the way you want it)
One bite of these warm and cozy stuffed apples and you will know autumn has arrived. The tea infused cinnamon apples are stuffed with old fashion oats, pecans, raisins, and date paste. Healthy enough to be served for breakfast on those busy school or work mornings. The best part is that you can make this in advance and then just heat up in the microwave when you are ready to serve.
There is nothing like sipping on a hot cup of Hot Spicy Cinnamon Made with Organic Black Tea to warm you up on those chilly fall mornings. Additionally, did you know that cinnamon, in addition to being antioxidant is also known for its antimicrobial and antifungal properties? With the school season about to start in full swing, we could all use a little extra protection. Black Tea is packed with polyphenols that promote overall health and thus is an important benefit of drinking tea everyday.
Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 40 – 45 minutes
Cinnamon Tea Glaze
- 1 cup hot water (195 – 205 degrees F) or (90 – 96 degrees C)
- 2 Hot Spicy Cinnamon Made with Organic Black Tea sachets (bags) or 2 tablespoons loose leaf tea.
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey to taste
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil (or room temperature butter)
- ¼ cup date paste (or ¼ cup light or brown sugar)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ cup old fashion rolled oats or even instant oats can be used
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans – optional
- 1 tablespoon raisins – optional
- 4 medium sized apples – we used gala apples for this recipe
- lemon juice – optional – to keep the apples from oxidizing or turning brown.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C.
- Steep Hot Spicy Cinnamon Made with Organic Black Tea in hot water for 3 minutes. Add maple syrup or honey to taste, stir and set aside.
- Make the oatmeal crumble filling. In a medium bowl, mix coconut oil, date paste, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined. We did this with a fork, but you can also use a handheld mixer, if you are so inclined. Toss in the oatmeal, chopped pecans and raisins, and stir with a fork. Set aside.
- Wash and core the apples. We used a paring knife to cut a circle around the stem and remove the top. Then, we used a melon baller to remove the core and the seeds. Be careful to not puncture a hole in the bottom or the sides of the apple as you want to keep all the delicious oatmeal crumble topping and tea glaze inside. We rubbed on a little lemon juice on each just to prevent them from turning brown or oxidizing.
- Place prepared apples in a baking dish.
- Stuff and pack the oatmeal crumble filling inside the apples.
- Pour the prepared Hot spicy Cinnamon Made with Organic Black tea mixture around the apples.
- Bake uncovered for approximately 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife can pierce the apples easily.
- Baste the healthy baked cinnamon apples with the tea mixture every 15 minutes and after removing from the oven.
- Serve with an extra drizzle of the cinnamon tea drizzle and dollop of dairy free coconut whipped cream, ice cream or yogurt as desired.
- We used coconut oil in this recipe to keep it vegan. However, you can easily exchange with butter, if desired.
- If you prefer to use sugar instead of date paste, exchange it with ¼ cup brown sugar. You can use either light or dark brown sugar.
- Pecans and raisins are completely optional but really make this recipe extra delicious. You might even consider swapping raisins with dried cranberries, if hosting a fall gathering.
- We sweetened our cinnamon tea with maple syrup to keep it vegan, but you may also use honey or other sugar alternative as desired.
- Gala apples are delicious in this recipe. You can exchange with other apples like a honey crisp, Braeburn, pink lady, Fuji, etc. We think the gala apple is a great choice because they hold their shape when baked but also get nice and soft inside.
- This Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apple recipe can be assembled up to 24 hours in advance, covered and stored in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, take it out of the refrigerator for 30 minutes to come up to room temperature before baking.
- Previously baked apples can be stored in the refrigerator covered for up to 30 days.
- To reheat baked apples, just place in a microwave save bowl with a little of the brewed cinnamon tea glaze for about 30 to 45 seconds on high to serve warm.
If you enjoyed our recipe, explore our Tea Recipes for more delicious ideas.