Stuffed Baked Apples with Walnuts and Dates

by Marla on March 1, 2012 · 59 comments

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Baked apples with walnuts, dates, coconut milk drizzle.

I sure hope you love apples and nuts as much as I do. I am nuts for nuts and sweet-tangy apples paired together. If you make this recipe your home will smell amazing! Pinky promise. These stuffed apples take hardly any effort to prepare and the results are splendid. This treat is great no matter what time of year and for any time you want a healthful, vitamin packed sweet bite.

Have you ever tried baked apples? If not then you must. If you have then you know how amazing they are!

Fresh apples in a wooden twig basket ©Marla Meridith Photography

We always have an abundance of fresh apples in our house. Our favorites being Pink Lady, Honeycrisp and Granny Smith. These here are the perfect size to hold in your hand. Not too big or small.

Baked apples with walnuts, dates, coconut milk drizzle.

By the way, apples and colorful pom poms are a very happy thing to me. My friend Teresa over at Blooming On Bainbridge has a thing for pom poms too. She makes the most stunning crafts with them.

Fresh apples with brightly colored pom poms on burlap table cloth

I love how this blogger Corrine baked her apples in a muffin pan. I had to do the same because it looks so cool and is very practical as well. Corrine is a lot like me, she loves cooking with real food ingredients. I am happy I just stumbled upon her blog called Keep Your Diet Real, lots of great stuff over there.

Baked apples in muffin pans topped with walnuts

In the muffin pan these apples stay in one place and they each have their own home. Neat huh! Better than having them slide all over a pan, though that is OK too.

Slice up one of these nut & date stuffed apples and enjoy with a thick and creamy Greek yogurt parfait. As I said, I love nuts and add them to just about everything. Toasted walnuts have been my latest craze.

Chopped walnuts in a ceramic cup with the number One and pom poms

Let’s understand that I went filling light on these apples. You could also scoop out the insides of the apples and add lots more nutty stuffing. That would be super duper great. If you do this, be sure to make more filling or opt to fill less apples. I suggest you try extra filing though. Too much filling is never a bad thing. Unless it is your teeth ~ that is a whole other story.

Baked apples with walnuts, dates, coconut milk drizzle.

Lucky for you there is no refined sugars or any extra sugar at all in this fruity dessert. Breakfast. Snack. How ever and whenever you decide to enjoy this you will be smitten.

Baked apples with walnuts, dates, coconut milk drizzle.

Do you ever make baked apples? If so what do you like to add to them?

Stuffed Baked Apples with Walnuts and Dates

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 9 stuffed apples

Stuffed Baked Apples with Walnuts and Dates

Ingredients

  • 9 Apples, cored
  • a little Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) Almond Meal/Flour
  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) chopped toasted Walnuts
  • 4 dried Dates, pitted and chopped into small pieces
  • pinch of fine Sea Salt, ground Cinnamon and ground Ginger
  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) Unsweetened Light Coconut Milk
  • Optional Toppings
  • Coconut Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Dried Fruit
  • Maple Syrup or Honey drizzle
  • Serve With
  • Ice Cream
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Greek Yogurt

Method

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the center. Core apples and squeeze a little lemon juice into each one. Melt coconut oil in a small pan. Stir in almond meal, walnuts, dates, salt, cinnamon, ginger and coconut milk. Heat for a few minutes over medium heat. Carefully stuff apples with the mixture. Place apples in muffin pans or on a bake safe dish.
  • Cover loosely with foil. Bake for about 45 min or until apples have softened and split.
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1 Heather @ Heather's Dish March 1, 2012 at 6:25 am

Two things: I love that bowl the apples are in!!! Where did you get it? And two, I love that you baked these in muffin tins…genius :)

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2 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen March 1, 2012 at 6:26 am

I have no doubts this must taste absolutely amazing. Perfect for my sweet tooth

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3 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free March 1, 2012 at 6:26 am

I am LOVING the pom poms in the photos. How incredibly adorable. I’ve been really into adding little nick knacks to my photos lately. Last week I shot something with vintage buttons-what a blast!

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4 Marla March 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Alex, vintage buttons are an awesome idea!! Noted :) It’s the little things girl…

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5 Kathryn March 1, 2012 at 6:28 am

I haven’t had baked apples for years and years but these look so delicious, I can’t remember why I haven’t now!

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6 Marla March 1, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Kathryn, funny how that happens. Sometimes all we need is a little gentle reminder :)

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7 Rosa March 1, 2012 at 6:32 am

A divine treat! The filling must be really wonderful.

I really like that basket! So pretty.

Cheers,

Rosa xx

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8 Shawna @ CheekyChicFamily March 1, 2012 at 6:37 am

I’ve seen recipes for these type of “stuffed” apples but have never tried them. I love that yours isn’t loaded with sugar (even though I love sugar). I’ve been gathering recipes for coconut oil so I could justify the purchase at the store. This is going in the coconut oil bookmark folder!

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9 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 1, 2012 at 6:53 am

looks fabulous stranger! I could dive in and take a bite

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10 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 1, 2012 at 7:34 am

I’ve never made baked apples but have wanted to! They look gorgeous :) btw I totally love your branch bowl.

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11 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 1, 2012 at 7:53 am

Wow, these look incredible. I am an apple lover (I eat at least one a day), but have never tried baked apples! Must must must try!

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12 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

That topping!! I could just go to town on that right there.

Those little puffballs, that wooden crate made from wood bark….GREAT props, Marla! I want all your stuff :)

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13 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 1, 2012 at 9:25 am

You always make the best looking goodies! I love stuffed apples and I haven’t had that in forever! I just love all your photo’s!

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14 chinmayie @ love food eat March 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

That is a neat idea! Yum!

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15 Shelly March 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

I have only made baked apples stuffed with brown sugar, butter and nuts. I’ve been trying to cut sugar out of my diet as much as possible and love that this is a sweet treat without any added sugar. I will definitely be giving these a try!

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16 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

Love the apples. What a great treat, and as always the pictures are gorgeous!

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17 Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry March 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

Drooling over here! Baked apples are my absolute favorite treat (OK, after chocolate!). This sounds amazing and the pictures make me want to eat them right now. Thanks for sharing such an incredible recipe.

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18 Angie March 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

Yummy! So simple and beautiful!!!
Where did you find that amazing basket made of twigs and branches, that you put the apples in? So gorgeous. Looks like you just picked them off the tree. Spectacular photos. Just keep getting better and better.

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19 Andrea March 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I LOVE baked apples and these look amazing! Love how you baked them in a muffin tin, very clever :) I love to put a little mixuture of “crisp” on top and bake them, and love how they are so interchangeable with pears. I just said “love” 4 times. :) I really LOVE my apples!

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20 Jeanette March 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

What a great idea baking these apples in muffin tins. Love it when you find a clever idea like that.

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21 Amy Tong March 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

These looks amazingly delicious….and addictive. I’m just as crazy about nuts and apple, like you. I never have any shortage of both in my house. But, I gotta admit, I’ve never had baked apples before. :( I know, I know…well, I eat them as is, cut them up in salad or use them in my baking, but not baked in whole…I should say, not YET! I don’t know where I had been. All I know is I’ll be baking these walnut date-studded apples this weekend. :) Can’t wait to enjoy this healthy treat. Thank you for another amazing recipe.

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22 Alyssa (Down_To_Earth) March 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Apples, dates, walnuts, and honey = a little bit of heaven. This looks like the perfect lazy Sunday morning breakfast. I cannot wait to try it.
Also, the twig basket you have holding the apples is so very lovely.

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23 susan March 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm

dates, apples, nuts…that is a winning combo, Marla. Over our way, we love Fuji’s! Love this recipe!

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24 Marla March 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Susan…..Fuji’s are always nice too. Not picky over here when it comes to great apples :)

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25 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] March 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

*raising hand* Yes. Yes, I love apples, nuts, maple syrup and all that a la mode! Count me in, Marla!

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26 HeatherChristo March 2, 2012 at 6:10 am

this is what I eat in the fall and winter if I am dying for dessert, but trying not to eat something terrible for me! You get all of the flavor without the rest of the junk in most desserts! These look wonderful!

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27 Marla March 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Heather, so very true ~ none of the junk or potential guilt associated with highly sugared desserts.

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28 Erin @ Brownie Bites March 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

These look DELICIOUS! I love warm, fruity, nutty desserts.

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29 Marla March 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Erin, ditto ~ the ultimate comfort food :)

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30 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

What a super simple and wholesome dessert, Marla! Not to mention, easy and totally elegant for dinner guests. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me with something new. Have a great weekend!

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31 Marla March 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Georgia, I agree it is great when you can find a recipe that is healthy, adaptable for a quick fix or an elegant meal with the bonus of being really simple to prepare :)

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32 Deliciously Organic March 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I love baked apples and these look divine!

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33 shelly March 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I made these last night for our dessert and our whole family enjoyed them. Thanks! I also posted about them and linked back to you here.

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34 Marla March 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Hi Shelly, I am so glad you had the opportunity to make these baked apples. Thanks for posting too!

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35 Kristina Vanni March 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

What a great tip to use a muffin tin for baking. I love fruit and nuts and this combo, with your take on using real food ingredients, sounds delicious!

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36 Marysol March 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

This looks absolutely wonderful! I like the clever use of the muffin pan.
And, needless to say, I covet that unique wooden bowl.

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37 Katrina March 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Yum! I love baked apples and haven’t made them for a while. These look and sound great. Pinned!

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38 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 3, 2012 at 3:48 am

Such a great healthy dessert idea!

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39 Rachel @ Following In My Shoes March 3, 2012 at 7:24 am

I haven’t had a baked apple since I was a child… These are stunning and I love the idea of using the muffin tin. Genius.

p.s. Pink Ladies are my favorite too!

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40 Brooke @ Food Woolf March 3, 2012 at 11:36 am

What a perfect snack/dessert when you’re in cold weather (like Telluride)!

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41 Jean (lemons and anchovies) March 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I love everything about this dessert. I always have apples and nuts around, too. This is perfect!

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42 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

It’s been a while since I baked some delicious apples. Gotta bake some soon. Thanks for sharing the tip on using muffins! Makes so much more sense :)

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43 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb March 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

Hi Marla!

Just hopped over from Rosas blog. Baked Apples are a classic treat in our house but we surely hadnt tried stuffed variations! Looks wonderful and I adore the ingridients combination for the filling. Thanks for the great share!

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44 Sarah March 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Wonderful combination of ingredients and an easy to put together recipe. I especially like your idea of placing the apples in a muffin tin, don’t know why I didn’t think of that sooner.

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45 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

That’s a smart idea about baking the apples in the muffin pan! Thanks for passing that great tip on.

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46 MikeVFMK March 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

How ’bout them apples?!? I used to make baked apples often but never once thought of the convenience of a muffin pan. Genius. And it’s been awhile since I’ve baked apples so I’m craving them big time now. Yours look ah-mazing!!!

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47 Marla March 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

You just gotta go for it Mike. Simple is best. Sometimes :)

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48 Marina March 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Oh, Marla, My mother makes baked apples as a winter dessert… Wonderful post! Brings some sweet memories… Thanks you!

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49 shelly (cookies and cups) March 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

While these sound amazing the pictures send me over the edge! Simply gorgeous :)

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50 Jessy (squeezetheday) March 6, 2012 at 9:45 am

This is gorgeous!

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51 Angie March 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Wow, this looks so good, and your pictures as always are so beautiful!

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52 Sylvie (A Pot of Tea) March 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Thanks for the shout out! Your apples look delicious.

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53 Corrine May 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Hi Marla,
Thanks so much for mentioning my blog in your post! I really enjoy these baked apples and using the muffin pan makes it a whole lot easier…although I can’t take credit for the idea. I originally saw a muffin pan used for baked apples on this site http://www.chopchopmag.org/. I love your blog and especially your photos – beautiful!

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54 Marla May 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Thanks so much for sharing that link Corrine. It is always fun to seek out and find new ideas ~ or ones that seem like new :)

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55 sarah September 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Could I use something else instead of almond meal? I don’t have that! Any suggestions? Thanks!

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56 Marla September 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Do you have any other nuts? Perhaps you can run them through a food processor or grinder. Any other nuts would work out great.

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