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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Baked Cinnamon Apples with a Quinoa Crumble

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These baked cinnamon apples are stuffed with a mixture of spiced sprouted quinoa, hearty rolled oats, crunchy nuts, and sweet dried fruit. They are absolutely delicious, easy to prep and are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a guilt-free dessert anytime of the year!

baked cinnamon apples stuffed with spiced sprouted quinoa, granola, nuts, fruit - top view on a grey plate

Apple crumbles are one of my favorite fall desserts: they’re seasonal, juicy, and I can’t get enough of that crumbly, crisp, spiced oat topping. Traditionally they’re pretty rich and high in sugar – which is great for a once-in-a-while holiday treat! I wanted to create a twist on the traditional apple crumble — with all of the flavors of the original recipe, but slightly lightened up and free of refined sugar. These baked apples with a sprouted quinoa crumble are everything you’ve ever wanted in an apple crumble recipe. They’re also vegan and gluten-free so they’re perfect for a crowd!

A mix of tri-colored sprouted quinoa, oats, nuts and dried fruit provide a hearty mixture to stuff our apples with, and makes this dish cozy, comforting and one of the best healthy desserts I’ve ever had! This is a dessert the whole family will love and you won’t be able to tell that there’s only 6.5g added sugar per serving (the rest of the sweetness in this recipe comes from the fruit!)

baked cinnamon apples stuffed with spiced sprouted quinoa, granola, nuts, fruit - on a grey plate

Kitchen Equipment and Tools You’ll need to make Baked Cinnamon Apples

How To Make Baked Cinnamon Apples With a Sprouted Quinoa Crumble – Step By Step

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Hollow out apples to make a thin shell, leaving the bottom intact. Place apple shells in 8-inch baking pan. Chop remaining apple.
  • Combine chopped apple, quinoa medley, dried fruit, pecans, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium bowl.
  • Divide quinoa mixture into apple shells.
  • Pour apple juice into baking dish. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 10 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Serve warm, with ice cream, frozen yogurt, or just enjoy on its own!

What Makes This Baked Cinnamon Apples Recipe Healthy?

This Baked Cinnamon Apples recipe is packed with fiber (6g per serving) from the quinoa, oats, and apples. It’s low in added sugar (6.5g per serving) and 1 HUGE serving has only 228 calories. And honestly, 1 serving = 1 giant stuffed apple, which almost feels like a mini meal because it’s so filling. This recipe is also rich in vitamins B and C, essential amino acids and antioxidants, so it’s a powerhouse of nutritional benefits!

Why Are Apples Good For You?

Apples are one of the most popular fruits. A touch sweet and have a great texture, whether raw or baked! The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” really is true, since apples are packed with health benefits. Here are a few:

  • Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. They also contain polyphenols, which may have numerous health benefits.
  • Apples promote heart health in several ways. They’re high in soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol.
  • Eating apples is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This is possibly due to their polyphenol antioxidant content.
  • The type of fiber in apples feeds good bacteria and may be the reason they protect against obesity and heart disease.

What are the health benefits of Quinoa?

Quinoa is one of the world’s most popular health foods and for good reason! Not only is it a versatile ingredient but quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids.

Quinoa is also high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin E.

baked cinnamon apples stuffed with spiced sprouted quinoa, granola, nuts, fruit - top view on a grey plate

What Are The Best Apples For Baking?

The best baking apples offer a balance of sweet and tart flavors as well as flesh that doesn’t break down in the oven. I used Fuji Apples for this recipe, but traditional red apples (e.g. Jonathans or Jonagolds) would work great as well. Other apples that would hold up well in the oven include:

  • Honeycrisp
  • Granny Smith (for a less sweet option)
  • Braeburn
  • Pink Lady

What To Serve With Baked Cinnamon Apples

These Baked Cinnamon Apples are great served plain but are also delicious topped with unsweetened whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. They’ll also taste great with frozen yogurt, or even just a drizzle of honey or maple syrup (for a vegan option) over the top. If you decide to go the whipped cream route, top the apples while they are still just slightly warm so that some of the cream melts onto the apples – yum!

Baked Cinnamon Apples With a Sprouted Quinoa Crumble – An Easy Thanksgiving Dessert!

This dish is so warming and hearty, it’s perfect for fall! The natural sweetness of the apple works so well with the spiced warmth of the sprouted quinoa, it’s a great Thanksgiving dessert option. And at under 230 calories, it’s a healthy one too!

Top Tips For Baked Cinnamon Apples With Spiced Sprouted Quinoa

  • Select a suitable type of apple for cooking. Not all apples lend themselves to being baked. Here are some good options: Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith (for a less sweet option), Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Jonagold and Pink Lady.
  • To core an apple, cut out the center using a melon baller or small paring knife, leaving the base intact to keep the filling in – don’t cut all the way through or the filling will leak out! 
  • Baking time can vary by the type and size of apples you are using. Start checking at half an hour, and if the liquid has evaporated so much that the surface of the baking dish is dry, add more.
  • This dish is great for kids, it contains a lot of familiar ingredients and the texture of the apples is delightful and easy to chew. You can cut the apples in half and then bake them, for easier eating. You can also choose an apple on the sweeter end of the scale, like a Jonagold, which has a lovely red hue too!
  • To make the crumble gluten-free, just use gluten-free certified oats.
  • Be sure to chop the apples quite small (about the size of blueberries) so that they bake evenly and melt into the other filling ingredients.
  • Serving suggestions: These Baked Apples are great served plain but are also delicious topped with unsweetened whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. They’ll also taste great with frozen yogurt, or even just a drizzle of honey or maple syrup over the top.

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Baked Cinnamon Apples with a Quinoa Crumble

These baked apples are stuffed with a mixture of spiced sprouted quinoa, hearty rolled oats, crunchy nuts, and sweet dried fruit. They are absolutely delicious, easy to prep and are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a guilt-free dessert anytime of the year!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Hollow out apples to make a thin shell, leaving the bottom intact. Place apple shells in 8-inch baking pan. Chop remaining apple.
  • Combine chopped apple, quinoa medley, dried fruit, pecans, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium bowl.
  • Divide quinoa mixture into apple shells.
  • Pour apple juice into baking dish. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 10 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Serve warm, with ice cream, frozen yogurt, or just enjoy on its own!

Notes

Top Tips For Baked Apples With Spiced Sprouted Quinoa
  • Select a suitable type of apple for cooking. Not all apples lend themselves to being baked. Here are some good options: Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith (for a less sweet option), Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Jonagold and Pink Lady.
  • To core an apple, cut out the center using a melon baller or small paring knife, leaving the base intact to keep the filling in – don’t cut all the way through or the filling will leak out! 
  • Baking time can vary by the type and size of apples you are using. Start checking at half an hour, and if the liquid has evaporated so much that the surface of the baking dish is dry, add more.
  • This dish is great for kids, it contains a lot of familiar ingredients and the texture of the apples is delightful and easy to chew. You can cut the apples in half and then bake them, for easier eating. You can also choose an apple on the sweeter end of the scale, like a Jonagold, which has a lovely red hue too!
  • To make the crumble gluten-free, just use gluten-free certified oats.
  • Be sure to chop the apples quite small (about the size of blueberries) so that they bake evenly and melt into the other filling ingredients.
  • Serving suggestions: These Baked Apples are great served plain but are also delicious topped with unsweetened whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. They’ll also taste great with frozen yogurt, or even just a drizzle of honey or maple syrup over the top.
Adapted from TruRoots

Nutrition

Serving: 1apple | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 7.2mg | Fiber: 6.3g | Sugar: 27g

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Indulge your sweet tooth with some of my lightened-up treats. From gluten-free brownies to fruity crumbles, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to check out holiday favorites like my healthy pumpkin pie!

2 responses to “Baked Cinnamon Apples with a Quinoa Crumble”

  1. Hi Anjali I’m super excited to try this recipe! I’m not much of a baker, but I love trying new things! May I ask what the purpose of the apple juice is? Is it to create moisture, so the exterior of the apples don’t burn/ dry out? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Jes! I can’t wait for you to try this! To your question – yup that’s exactly right — to create moisture when baking! And to add a little bit of sweetness to the dish!

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