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Cranberry & Oat-Stuffed Apples

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 15-20 mins
  • Cook Time: 35-45 mins
  • Total Time: 50-65 mins
  • Yield: 8 halves 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking, Stove-Top


A lightened-up holiday dessert of baked apples stuffed with cranberry sauce and a crumbly oat and almond topping.


  • 1 cup whole cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, honey or maple syrup
  • Zest and juice of 1 medium orange
  • 4 apples, halved, seeded and cored
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons chopped sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, honey or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place the cranberries, sugar, orange zest and orange juice to a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until cranberries have burst and the mixture is thickened.
  3. Place the apples in the prepared baking sheet and brush with 1 tablespoon melted butter.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the oats, brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon and remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter.
  5. Spoon about a tablespoon of cranberry sauce into the well of each apple half. Spoon about a tablespoon of the oat mixture on top of the cranberry sauce and press it down gently.
  6. Wrap the baking dish in aluminum foil and bake 20-25 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until the apples are slightly tender and oat topping is lightly browned.
  7. Serve apple halves in bowls and drizzle with honey or maple syrup.


Cooking Tip: Use a melon baller to seed and core the apple halves.

Substitution Tip: Try chopped walnuts or pecans instead of almonds. Use sweetener of choice in this recipe (there are endless options).


  • Serving Size: 1 apple half
  • Calories: 165
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg

Keywords: dessert, stuffed apples, apple, apples, cranberry, cranberries, oat, holiday