Photo by Kelsey Gleason

Ah, fall. A time to cozy up in sweaters and blankets around the fire with friends and family. A time that typically revolves around pumpkins. But, the pumpkin spice latte isn’t the only thing that should be making headlines during this wonderful season. Don’t you know that stuffed baked apples are all the rage?

Baked Apple Cheesecake

What you’ll need:
6 Apples
8 Ounces of cream cheese (softened)
⅓ Cup of honey
1 Tsp vanilla
¼ Cup egg whites
1 Tsp cinnamon
Graham cracker crumbs

What you’ll do:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and core the inside of all six apples. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese and honey until you’ve created a smooth consistency, then stir in the vanilla, egg whites and cinnamon to create your cheesecake mix. Fill each of the apples ⅔ full with the mix and bake the apples for 20-25 minutes. When finished, transfer the apples onto a plate, place in the fridge to cool, and with graham cracker crumbs.

Baked Apple Stuffed with Oatmeal & Brown Sugar

What you’ll need:
4 Apples
1 Cup rolled oats
¼ Cup brown sugar
1 Tsp ground cinnamon
⅛ Cup Applesauce

What you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and core the apples to make little “apple bowls.” Combine oats, brown sugar, applesauce and cinnamon together, and spoon ¼ of the oat mixture into each of the “apple bowls.” Bake the apples for about 30 minutes each, or until the filling is bubbly and the apples are tender.

Caramel Stuffed Apples

What you’ll need:
2 Apples
¼ Cup dates
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
Water (as needed)
¼ Cup finely chopped nuts
2-3 Tbsp Cacao
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
2-3 Tbsp nut butter
3 Tbsp melted coconut oil

What you’ll do:

Core each of the two apples to form two “apple bowls.” Chop up the insides from the two apples and put them aside. Next, blend the dates, coconut oil, cinnamon and water until the consistency is thick but smooth, then blend in the chopped apples from the cores into your “caramel” mix. (Make sure to soak your dates first or they’ll be too hard!) Spoon your “caramel” covered chopped apples into each of your apple bowls. On the side, mix the cacao, maple syrup, nut butter and coconut oil until you get a smooth consistency. Sprinkle chopped nuts onto each of the apple bowls and drizzle your chocolate mixture on top of the nuts. Enjoy!

Maple Walnut Stuffed Apples

What you’ll need:
4 Apples
½ Cup chopped walnuts
¼ Tsp cinnamon
¼ Tsp of nutmeg
½ Cup maple syrup
½ Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
½ Cup apple juice
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Lidded oven-proof baking pan

What you’ll do:

Preheat oven 375 degrees and core your apples to make your “apple bowls.” Mix the apple juice and only two tablespoons of the maple syrup in a bowl. Toast the walnuts over medium heat in a small pan and stir often. In another bowl, mix the remaining maple syrup, chopped walnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Put a small amount of the plain Greek yogurt in the bottom of each apple. Put the walnut mixture into each “apple bowl,” and place in a baking pan. Pour the apple juice mixture around the apples and place the lid on top of your pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the apples are tender. Take them out and let the apples cool before eating.