Maple Raisin Baked Apples

It’s not fall here yet, but I still love baked fall-ish desserts. What’s more yummy and fall-ish than baked apples?

Okay, pumpkin pie sure….but…back to the apples.

My kids are not entirely fond of the whole “Meatless Monday” thing. Today they asked if we were going to do “Meatless Monday” all year-long. Um, Yep. I explained (again) why we were meatless. I explained the benefits to our bodies and the environment. They remain UN-impressed. So, one strategy I have employed is an enticing dessert.

Hello enticement

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 4 apples
  • 1 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 TBSP of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar

What to do.

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 deg. F
  • wash and core the apples (I used an apple coring tool. It leaves a lovely hole all the way through the apple. Try not to core your finger while coring the apples… UM OUCH!)
  • Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray

  • place apples into the baking dish
  • fill the hole in the center of the apple(s) with raisins
  • drizzle the maple syrup over the apples
  • sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice over the apples
  • pack the brown sugar into the hole with the raisins (as much as you can) sprinkle the rest over the apples

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes, or until the apples are bubbly and soft.

Next time I make this, I am going to peel the apples before I bake them. The skins were soft-ish, but not soft enough.

I served the apples with a single serving sized portion of vanilla ice cream. 🙂

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16 Comments

  1. what a clever way to get the kids to do the meatless meal with glee, and a great way to get a fruit into them 🙂

    • I love baked apples! It’s a tasty dessert and if it helps meatless Monday to be better accepted…win.

  2. Oh this post brings back very happy memories of Sunday lunches as a child with my parents, grandparents and my god mother (who lived next door) and her children. While we were tucking into our Sunday roast, my mum would put apples done just like this into the oven and we could smell them cooking knowing that we´d be eating them with ice cream or custard…and sometimes both! Happy days 🙂

    • Your family lunches sound wonderful. What a wonderful family tradition. 🙂

  3. I love baked apples! But I refuse to believe it’s fall enough for them yet 😀 Have you ever tried adding some granola to the filling? That’s a fave of mine, as it gets soft and oatmeal-y on the inside and crunchy on top. With lots of maple syrup still 🙂

    • I’m a renegade. Eating baked apples in August. That’s how I roll. 😉

  4. These really make me wish fall would hurry up and get here. It’s in the 90s at least, woo hoo.

    • Ha! We’ll be in the 90’s later this week or early next week…or so they keep telling us on the news. We’re on the 64th or 65th day over 100 so far this year.

  5. Those look like such a yummy and sweet dessert. Love that you get a whole apple to yourself!

    • 🙂 they were sweet and super yummy! I thought an apple each was a good idea. I’m glad you agree! 🙂

  6. I get soo excited over the Fall season and living in FL I don’t really get to experience it. I make up for it by baking and cooking Fall foods and baked apples is the best! Love your simple, basic ingredients, looks so good!

    • I love the fall too! I’m hopeful that fall will get here soon! I’m quite tired of the heat!

  7. Those look amazing!

    • Thanks Shell! They’re really easy to make too!

  8. Having an apple orchard, I make a lot of apple dishes. Baked apples are so good and so simple to prepare. I hope it smoothed the way for your meatless Monday.

    • Oh Karen! I am envious of your apple orchard!

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