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Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples

Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples


Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples

Dessert is a rare luxury in my home during the months of November through mid-March. It’s a busy season of homeschooling three of my four kids, church activities, and basketball. With all three of my youngest in basketball, it’s likely we have a game or practice to attend most any day of the week. On top of that, I coach one of those teams and assist the coach of another team. I love cooking and baking, but with all that going on I often struggle to get anything more than sandwiches on the table. So dessert gets left behind.

When I do get a chance to spend more time in the kitchen, I relish it. I like cooking a meal for my family that’s healthy and good tasting. I like the challenge of using new ingredients and expanding the palette of flavors my family enjoys. I can get my kids and husband involved and enjoy good conversations while we cook together. It’s a stress release for me. I know not everyone likes to cook or bake, but I find it relaxing. I can slow down, be creative, and spend quality time with family.


These Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples are a product of that time. What I love about these baked apples is they are simple and easy to prepare, and they make a delicious and healthy dessert. No peeling or slicing required. Just core the apple, stuff it, and bake it. They are stuffed with a mix of cinnamon flavored quinoa and rolled oats that reminds me of an apple crisp topping. And for people following a gluten free diet – these can be gluten free as long as you use gluten free certified oats.

So when you get a moment, slow down and try making these Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples.


Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples
Quinoa Stuffed Baked Apples
  • ⅓ c. quinoa
  • ⅔ c. water
  • ½ c. old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 4 tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts
  • 6 apples, cored
  • 12 Tbsp. water
  • ⅓ c. Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 small oven-safe crocks (one apple per crock)
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare stuffing by toasting uncooked quinoa in a pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until golden. Carefully add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes until quinoa is tender. Remove from heat.
  3. Add oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, dried cranberries, and walnuts to the quinoa. Mix well.
  4. Wash, dry, and core the apples.
  5. Spray the inside of the crocks with non-stick pan spray and place 2 Tbsp. of the quinoa/oat filling in the bottom of each crock.
  6. Place one prepared apple in each crock. Stuff each cored out apple with 2 Tbsp. of the quinoa/oat filling. Pour 2 Tbsp. water over the top of each apple.
  7. Bake at 350° F for 45 to 50 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  8. While apples are cooling, blend together Greek yogurt, honey, and cinnamon. Top apples with the Greek yogurt blend and serve.
  9. Makes 6 – 7 apples.


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Marie Dittmer (38 Posts)

Marie is a registered dietitian with a master of arts in physical education/cardiac rehab. She’s a homeschooling mom of four who enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and writing about food, nutrition, and health issues.

About Marie Dittmer

Marie is a registered dietitian with a master of arts in physical education/cardiac rehab. She’s a homeschooling mom of four who enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and writing about food, nutrition, and health issues.


  1. Oh my goodness, what a yummy combination of flavors! This is perfect for this cold weather. This is genius. Sharing all over 🙂
    Great shots!

  2. I love apples, but baked apples are 100 times better! Love the flavour combination in this recipe, as well as the crock single serving idea. Pinned and sharing this one 😀

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