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Crockpot Baked Apples are a fall favorite! Core your apples, add the crumble filling, and bake until tender. Your home will smell delicious. Use the recipe as a side dish or even a dessert. Enjoy!
“Such a fun twist on baked apples. Love the texture from the filling.” – Denise
Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe
- This recipe is for whole-baked apples. It’s a fun twist on classic baked apples that are usually cut up.
- It will save you oven space. This makes a perfect side dish for big meals.
- The crumble adds a delicious texture.
- They can be a side dish or dessert.
- It only has a few ingredients. You likely have them in your pantry.
Here is what you need to make Crockpot Baked Apples:
- Apples – Choose firm and perfectly round ones. Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, or Honey Crisp are all good choices.
- Brown sugar – You can substitute maple syrup.
- Pecans or walnuts – I prefer pecans. You can give these a quick toast for some extra flavor if you want.
How to Make Baked Apples in the Crockpot
There are three simple steps to making whole apples in the slow cooker. Let’s do this!
Core the Apples
This is the time-consuming part of this recipe.
You need to create a gap for that delicious filling to sit in. I found the best method was to cut out the shape with a sharp pairing knife and then scoop out any extra core with a spoon. Try not to cut too deep, you don’t want there to be a hole in the bottom of your apple.
You could use an Apple Corer tool like this one but be sure not to core the apple all the way through the bottom.
Make the Filling.
Mix together the filling ingredients and try not to eat it with a spoon in the process!
The filling can easily be customized with what you have on hand or what you prefer. I oftentimes leave out the raisins or swap the pecans for almonds.
Fill the Apples
Scoop that delicious filling into the apples you’ve prepared. It is easiest to do this in the crockpot because if you make a mess, no worries!
Bake the Apples
And when I say “bake” you know I mean slow cook, right?
Add a little water or apple cider to the bottom of the crockpot and cook them on low for 4 hours. This was the perfect timing.
The apples were done enough to be softened–not mushy–yet still firm enough to slice through.
How to Serve Baked Apples
There are many ways you can serve up Crockpot Baked Apples. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Drizzle the cooked apples with a little honey
- Add a scoop of ice cream to the top
- Dollop some whipped cream to the top of the apples
- Eat them plain
Recipes Baked Apples Would Pair Well With
These would be absolutely delicious as a side or dessert with one of these main dishes:
Soft, yes. Mushy, no. The texture is soft enough to cut into but still holds its form.
The best apples to use for Crockpot baked apples are firm and perfectly round. Options include: Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp. Select apples that will stand up straight because you don’t want them to topple over in the Crockpot.
I don’t recommend preparing the apples ahead of time to serve later. They will brown. You could make the filling in advance and store it in the fridge.
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- 5–6 medium to large apples (see Notes below for recommendations)
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (sub: 100% pure maple syrup)
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 walnuts or pecans, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
Optional toppings: honey or vanilla ice cream!
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- Using an apple corer or paring knife, cut around the core, leaving about half an inch at the bottom. Remove as much of the core and seeds as possible.
- In a small bowl, stir together the raisins, brown sugar, oats, nuts, cinnamon, and butter.
- Place the apples right side up in the crockpot. Spoon the mixture evenly into the apples. Add 1/2 cup of water (or apple cider) to the bottom of the crock pot.
- Cover and slow cook on LOW for 4 hours, or until apples are soft all the way through but not mushy.
- Serve warm. Optional: Drizzle honey over the cooked apples or add a scoop of ice cream on the top of each one!
The best apples to use for whole baked apples are firm and perfectly round ones. I usually use ones that are crisp and just a little tart, like Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, or Honey Crisp.
Select apples that will stand up straight because you don’t want them to topple over in the Crockpot.
While oats are naturally gluten-free, oftentimes they’re processed in a factory where cross-contamination can happen. Look for a “certified gluten-free” label on your oats, if avoiding all gluten is important to you.