A healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert, these Slow Cooker Oatmeal Raisin Baked Apples are stuffed with oats, raisins, and spices! Serve with a dollop of vanilla yogurt, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream for an added treat!
Today’s slow cooker recipe is the last in my series of nutritious Fall back-to-school dishes showcasing California Raisins. And you know what? It’s definitely my favorite! While it’s totally kid-approved, this Mom is the one who enjoyed them every day for snack or breakfast until they were completely gone. I just couldn’t get enough, and I will definitely be making them again soon!
Baked apples are a pretty traditional fall dessert, but I wanted to create a recipe that I could feel good about serving my family at any time of day. With fruit, whole grain, and warm spices, these apples fit the bill. The plump and juicy raisins combine with the oats to form an “oatmeal raisin cookie” filling! Without any added sugar, the California Raisins give the oats a hint of sweetness and even more good-for-you nutrients like fiber, potassium, and iron. And by topping the apples with some vanilla Greek yogurt and chopped pecans, I had a protein-packed, nutritious breakfast or snack for my little ones.
You can find my super-simple recipe below…but first, be sure to visit www.loveyourraisins.com for more information about California Raisins and find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/californiaraisins where you can sign up to receive a California Raisins prize pack! Limited supply; while quantities last.
- 4 large apples
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup raisins
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup apple juice
- For serving:
- Chopped nuts, optional
- Vanilla ice cream, vanilla yogurt, or whipped cream, for serving (optional)
- Core apples.
- In a small bowl, combine oats, raisins, melted butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Fill centers of apples with oat mixture. Since there is a hollow center in your apples, I find that it's easiest to hold the apple in the palm of one hand (blocking the bottom opening) and use a spoon to push the oats into the top of the apple. Make sure that you pack the oats tightly in there! Then just slide the apple from the palm of your hand directly into the slow cooker -- nothing will fall out the bottom!
- Place apples in 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
- Pour apple juice over apples.
- Cover and cook on low heat setting 3 - 4 hours.
- To serve, spoon apples into bowls. Spoon sauce over apples. Sprinkle with nuts and top with ice cream, yogurt, or whipped cream if desired.
Are you looking for other great ways to use those California Raisins in your pantry? Check out these previous posts that feature one of our favorite wholesome, portable, on-the-go snacks!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.