Photos by Jamie Alexander
5 medium-sized apples
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (replace with more oats if you don’t want nuts)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
Salt to taste
1 stick butter, melted
optional: vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for toppings
1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. Core each apple, leaving the bottom intact. Use a melon baller to scoop out a cavity in the interior of the apple (optional – cut off the top of the apple before coring to bake alongside as a garnish when finished)
3. Stir the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nuts, salt, and butter in a bowl until combined. You can also optionally stir in some diced apple bits that you scooped out earlier for a more intense apple flavor!
4. Stuff each apple with the oat mixture and place on a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, before uncovering and baking an additional 15 minutes (or until apples are soft and bubbly and the filling is a golden brown).
5. Serve warm (I recommend covering with caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream!)