Recipe: Baked apples with oat topping

You can use foods’ natural sugars to make sweet treats. Baking the apples at a high temperature will release their sugars, creating a scrumptious, healthy dessert. The fiber from the apples and oats, plus the protein from the yogurt and peanut butter, will leave you feeling full and satisfied.


4 apples
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon whole-grain flour
1–2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup slivered or chopped almonds
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1–2 tablespoons peanut butter


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Core and slice the apples, keeping the skin on. Place in an 8×8-inch baking dish and sprinkle lemon juice on top.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, then pour on top of the apples and mix so each apple slice has a thin covering. Place in pre-heated oven and bake for about 15 minutes.

While the apples are baking, place a small sauté pan on the stove on medium-high heat. Mix together the oats and almonds and add to the hot pan. You can add some cinnamon here, too, if you’d like. Stir constantly using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until fragrant, about five minutes, then remove from heat. In a small bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt and peanut butter; set aside.

When the apples are finished, remove from the oven. Spoon the baked apples into four individual serving bowls. Divide the oat mixture into four even servings and top each apple portion. Then finish it off with the yogurt/peanut butter mixture. Enjoy warm.

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Originally published on Dec. 5, 2016. Last updated on Oct. 9, 2019.

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