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Crustless Apple Pie Baked Apples

These baked apples are perfect for Fall… a healthy dessert that tastes absolutely delicious!

A healthier treat from @choccoveredkt... skip the crust and bake your apple pie right inside the apple! Healthy, easy, delicious!

As siblings, my sister and I could not be a better match.

At least when it comes to our feelings about apples…

Granny Smith Apples

I adore apple pie filling.

(She hates it.)

She loves pie crust.

(It’s not my cup of tea.)

Baked Apples

Growing up, whenever we’d go to Outback Steakhouse for dinner, my sister would always pass me the baked apples that came with her meal. And whenever we’d dine at a fancy restaurant with apple pie on the menu, I’d take the apple pie filling, and she’d eat the crust.

Now that we no longer live together, there isn’t anyone around to eat the crust to my apple pie. Therefore, these baked apples are done my way—extra apple pie filling and NO crust! (If you are on Team Crust with my sister, feel free to use my Healthy Pumpkin Pie Crust recipe, cut it into strips or shapes, and layer it over the apples right after you fill them.)

healty baked apples

(Iphone photo above)

Baked Apples Recipe

Crustless Apple Pie Baked Apples

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  • 2 1/4 cups chopped apples (about 2 apples)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot
  • scant 1/8 tsp uncut stevia OR 1/4 cup sugar of choice
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • whole apples (filling makes enough to stuff 12 apples, but you can make fewer if you want leftover filling to eat plain or to top waffles or pancakes)
  • granola or ice cream (such as my ice cream recipe), if desired


(The filling can be made a day or two ahead of time if desired. Or, if you’d prefer quicker a baked apples recipe, feel free to use canned or jarred apple pie filling instead of my homemade filling.) For the filling: Place 1 cup of the chopped apples in a small pot with the water. Bring to a boil, then cook on low for 7 minutes. Meanwhile, blend all other ingredients except the whole apples in a blender until smooth.  Add the blended mixture to the saucepan and bring back to a boil. Immediately turn to low heat and cook 30 minutes, stirring very occasionally. Let cool, then refrigerate uncovered or loosely covered. Wait at least 4 hours before proceeding with the recipe, as this filling thickens in the fridge.

For the baked apples: Preheat oven to 350 F, and grease a baking pan or line with parchment paper. Slice the tops off each whole apple, and scoop out the center by cutting around the core with a knife and then scooping out the core and a bit of the flesh with a spoon. (Eat the scooped out flesh, or save for a different recipe.) Place in the pan and bake 22 minutes, then remove from the oven and scoop about 3 tbsp (or as much as you can fit) filling into each baked apple. Return to the oven and bake another 14 minutes. Finally, broil 2-3 additional minutes.

*View Baked Apples Nutrition Facts*

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  1. eribis says

    This looks so yummy! Question though…the apples look chunky in the photo but you say to blend everything until smooth. Still looks tasty and I’ll for sure be making this! 🙂

      • rdp says

        HI eribis — Yes, I had the same question, and scrolled through the postings to see if anyone else caught this. But on Anna’s (above) reply, I re-read more carefully Katie CCK’s instructions, and sure enough, the filling is in two parts, one chunky and one blended, then recombined in the saucepan. Makes sense! Thank you, CCK!

  2. EVA says

    I always HATED apple pie as a wee one, most likely because I was never into fruity desserts. If it wasn’t chocolate, I wasn’t biting (literally!).
    I decided to give apple pie a go last year by trying an Apple Pie Larabar, and while I feel it needs to grow on me more, it ain’t half bad! Your filling looks so gooey and slimy (slimy is a GREAT thing in this case!) that I might have to try this. Mixed with some chopped almonds, I think I could enjoy this! Although, I do like pie crust. I love my carbs.

  3. Heather @ Shards of Lavender says

    I agree with you when it comes to pie crust; I always eat the filling and leave the crust behind! Loving how you made your own pie filling and baked it into an apple shell… Pinned to make with my kids!

  4. Leslie says

    I like the idea if using the entire apple, who would’ve thought to use oats. I’ve pinned this and if all goes well I’ll be showing off your apples at our “friendsgiving” party this month.

  5. Chelsea@TableForOne says

    I would much rather eat the filling than the crust, so this recipe is right up my alley. Looks delicious!

  6. Lily says

    What a cool idea! I’ve tried something similar using cored apples, but it was too much apple and not enough crunchies. I’ll have to try scooping out more of the center like you did. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. Sarah says

    Great recipe! I want to make it with the crust you used for your pumpkin pie, but it says in that recipe to prebake the crust. Would you do the same for this apple pie? I’m omitting the baked apples and using a crust. Thanks!

  8. Katie says

    This is such a good idea! I’m not a fan of pie crust but I do love crumble toppings which I think would work great with this recipe. I’ll be keeping this in mind for xmas, i’m always on dessert duty!

  9. Katy says

    This might be silly to ask… but would it be easier to scoop out the apples first, and use the scooped-out insides as your filling, instead of chopping up more apples? Just a thought! I LOVE baked apples so I’m definitely putting this on my list!

  10. Aurora says

    I’d love to try this, but I really don’t know apples. What kinds are best for this? Same kinds for stuffing and shells, or different ones?

  11. Emily says

    Omg I am eating this for breakfast right now! So delicious! I topped it with some chopped toasted pecans and it adds a really really nice texture! thanks for giving me an excuse to practically eat a delicious apple pie for breakfast!!

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