Pumpkin baked oats inside an apple - what could be more fall and cozy? Just 5 main ingredients: oats, pumpkin, oat milk, peanut powder, and apples!
I used Crazy Richard’s powdered peanut butter, which is my favorite because it is only made with one ingredient: Peanuts!! This makes it much healthier than peanut butters or powders with added sugar and salt or other ingredients. You can use creamy peanut butter as well, and it will work!
After I made banana bread in apples earlier this year, I have loved experimenting with baking inside of apples, so this was so fun! These are perfect little handfuls of deliciousness and flavor! You could make a batch in advance and then just toast or warm them up for later breakfasts or snacks. The top gets nice and crispy, while the inside is warm and creamy.
The recipe is vegan and can easily be made gluten-free and nut-free depending on your choice of ingredients. You can substitute protein powder for the peanut powder, or omit it and then you will just need about ½ cup of milk.
I used both Honeycrisp and Gala apples, and both worked great! When scooping out the apples, be sure to leave enough apple at the bottom so it can hold the baked oats, but you do want to scoop it out significantly so there is enough room for the oat filling. It will rise a bit when baking, so leave a bit of space at the top. You can save the apple pieces (besides the core/seeds) to add into the batter too or eat on the side - definitely don’t waste good apple!
You can add 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup or honey if you want it to be sweeter. You can also make these in a toaster oven if you have one to save time and energy.
Baked pumpkin peanut butter oat batter
½ cup oats
¾ cup oat milk
½ cup pumpkin puree
3-4 tbsp peanut butter powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pumpkin spice (can substitute with cinnamon)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Optional: maple syrup or honey, 2-3 tbsp (to taste)
1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly spray or oil an oven-safe dish.
2. Slice off the top of each apple, then scoop out the core and seeds. *be careful not to scoop through the bottom or sides!
If you accidentally break through the bottom
or side, wrap the apple tightly in aluminum
foil (as seen in the above picture).
3. Mix all baked oats ingredients together in a bowl - before adding the baking powder, taste test and see if you want to add maple syrup or honey to sweeten to your liking.
4. Pour the batter into the scooped out apples, and set in an oven-safe dish. Sprinkle pumpkin spice on top.
5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the top is cooked evenly.
A toothpick should come out clean when inserted - if not, you
can keep baking a bit longer and check every 3-5 minutes.
6. Let cool, and enjoy! Tastes great with crunchy peanut butter and some pumpkin chia pudding!
Thank you Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter for sponsoring this post. It was fun using your delicious and healthy peanut products to create a new healthy recipe for fall!