Baked Apples stuffed with Almond Crumble

What is the most festive dessert you can think of? To me thats baked apples.

I have been kind of hesitant to go full on with the christmas themed foods, because I want my recipes to be useful all year around. Then on the other hand a week before christmas the festive spirit has even gotten to me, someone who usually tries to avoid that sort of thing. Yesterday I even bought a little Poinsettia and now I’m contemplating fairy lights.

A friend told me recently how she makes baked apples for herself as a quick snack, because they are in fact very simple to make and don’t require a lot of fuss. So I thought why not make my own recipe? At first I thought of just making a vegan marzipan and just simply stuffing the apple with that, but then as I was starting to make the marzipan I choose to go a different route and ende up with a delicious almond butter that I simply added oats and raising to. It turned out so tasty that I had trouble not eating everything before stuffing the apples.

This was definitely an experiment gone right and I for the sake of keeping the recipes useful all year round I will gladly add these baked apples to my Sunday brunch repertoire.

Serves 4 people


  • 4 Apples
  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or dried fruit of your choice)
  • coconut oil to brush


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Start by adding the almonds into a food processor or if you have one a coffee grinder*. And grind them up into a course meal.
  3. Then add the sugar and the cinnamon to the almonds and blend until a soft nut butter forms.
  4. Transfer the nut butter into a bowl and add the oats and raisins and mix well.
  5. Remove the top of the apple and then carve them out using a spoon. Make sure to leave enough ‘apple meat’ on the sides so they don’t collapse in the oven.
  6. Stuff the apples with the filling, but the ‘lids’ back on and brush with coconut oil.
  7. Now bake for about 25 mins.


*I have found that the coffee grinder makes it much simpler and faster to make nut butter!

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