Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Apples and cinnamon are some of my fall favorite flavors. And don’t even get me started on apple pie or apple crisp

As much as I love a freshly baked apple pie, I can’t ignore the fact that it takes a lot of effort. Pastry crusts are finicky and time consuming, and then you have to prep the filling and make the topping. The results are delicious, but it’s a big commitment. And most days, I don’t have the time to whip up a pie from scratch (unfortunately). Although, that’s probably a blessing in disguise, because considering how much butter, white flour, and sugar are tucked into a pie… it is by no means healthy!

This recipe is the perfect marriage of those same delicious fall flavors wrapped up in a fuss-free dessert that is healthy to boot. Apples form the “base” of this dish. Once the apples are cored, the center becomes the perfect vessel for holding a cinnamon-spiced oat crumble. A bit of butter keeps this dish moist and decadent, without getting anywhere close to the amount of butter (or shortening) used in a standard pie.

The trick that makes this recipe so easy is using a slow cooker to cook the apples. It’s a convenient, hands-off approach that lets you just push a button and way away. In about two hours you’ll have perfectly soft apples with a golden brown crumble. These Slow Cooker Baked Apples make for a delicious guilt-free dessert or even a decadent breakfast or brunch item.

Next time you want to indulge in apples and cinnamon, be sure to break out your slow cooker to give this recipe a go. It’s a low sugar, low fat option that’s just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. And thanks to the apples, you’ll get a full serving of fruit. Dessert has never been better!

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Slow Cooker Baked Apples

These Slow Cooker Baked Apples make a delicious, guilt-free dessert that's low sugar and fat, and just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword slow cooker baked apples
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 5 servings, 1 apple each
Calories 251 kcal
Author Kirsten Morningstar

Ingredients

  • 5 medium apples (Cortland, Honey Crisp, Macintosh or Mutsu)
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 2 Tbsp. organic grass-fed butter (or extra-virgin organic coconut oil)
  • ¾ cup water

Instructions

  1. Core apples using an apple corer (or sharp knife).
  2. Add water to a 3-quart slow cooker and carefully place apples in slow cooker so that they are standing upright.
  3. Combine flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and butter in a small bowl; mix with a fork until crumbly.
  4. Fill apples evenly with oat mixture.
  5. Cook on low for 2 hours, or until apples are fork tender. Remove apples from slow cooker. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Baked Apples
Amount Per Serving (1 apple)
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 29g
Protein 3g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

Photographs by Anguel Dimov and Brianne B of Evergreen Kitchen