I love using fruits in baking as they are so decadent unlike other desserts which need copious amounts of sugar and chocolate to make them drool-worthy. This is a gluten-free, sugar-free dessert which is served with a generous scoop of ice cream or makes for a great breakfast with a dollop of yogurt! Baked apples leave behind a beautiful aroma and it is fascinating how it takes only a few ingredients to make this delicious treat!
- Apples – 3
- Oats – 2 cups
- Ground cinnamon – 1 tablespoon
- Butter – 4 tablespoons (2 oz)
Instructions: (prep time = 10 minutes, bake time = 35 minutes)
This is a very simple recipe that contains no sugar and is also an interesting way to cook apples.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and lightly grease a 9 inch baking casserole with oil or butter.
- Peel and core the apples. Slice them thinly and arrange them on the prepared baking casserole. (I have used honeycrisp apples here. Granny smith apples are an ideal choice.) you can drizzle a bit of lemon juice onto the apples if they start to darken. However, this is not a necessary step.
- In a blender, powder the oats until smooth and transfer to a mixing bowl. Mix in the ground cinnamon and incorporate the butter into the dry mixture. Don’t melt the butter or soften it at room temperature. It needs to be cold and firm which will help give a crisp crust. Use your finger to mash the butter into the oat mixture and crumble them with your hands until it holds shape when pressed. The mixture will be chunky.
- Sprinkle the oats mixture onto the apples until even, cover the casserole with aluminium foil and bake for 35 minutes until golden brown and the apples are cooked through. If you want a deeper color, broil on high for 3-5 minutes.
- Serve hot with a large scoop of cold ice cream or some yogurt!!