Eat on the Cheap Recipe: Baked Apples With Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal


Enjoy this lighter take on a comfort-food classic: Instead of a butter and sugar-laden filling, try this equally tasty, but not-so-sinful homemade oatmeal filling. Served in tender, baked apples, this would be a lovely treat to serve guests during Sunday. But no matter when you serve these, they’re a great way to start off the morning—for just about $2 per serving!

makes 2 servings; total cost per serving: less than $2


3 medium Granny Smith apples
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup water
3/4 cup nonfat milk
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt (optional)
Juice of half lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly spray a small baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Carefully slice off the top third of two apples. Remove the core & seeds, leaving about 1/2″ of flesh on the sides and bottom so the apple is still sturdy. Reserve the flesh in a small bowl and add a few drops of lemon juice to prevent the apple from browning. Discard the seeds and cores.
  3. Place the apples (including the “lids”) in the prepared baking dish and bake for about 15-20 minutes. In the meantime, peel and core the third apple, then cut into 1/2″ chunks. Place in a small bowl and toss together with the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and milk to a boil. Add the oats, reduce heat to medium low, and cook for about a minute. Remove from heat and stir in the apples and cranberries until completely combined. Check for flavoring and adjust according to taste.
  5. When the apples are finished baking, remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Once they’re cool enough to handle, transfer to a small plate and spoon a generous helping of oatmeal into each apple. Garnish with extra ground cinnamon if you like, and enjoy!


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