Baked Apple with Oatmeal Crumble

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Vacation is awesome.  Traveling in a zombie-like state of exhaustion and coming home to a practically empty fridge is definitely not.   After dropping our bags and hugging the pups, all I wanted was a snack that was not champagne or wedding cake.


Although we’re lacking essential supplies, I managed to pull together a pretty tasty snack – Baked Apple with Oatmeal Crumble, a spin on plain baked apples.

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The crumble is packed with apple sauce, coconut oil, and agave nectar.  It’s light and chewy and, with the warm apples, would taste amazing with Greek yogurt.  Or even better – vanilla ice cream.  If we only had a pint!


And, of course, the recipe is simple. 




Instructions (for three servings):


  • 3 apples – two red and one green (I used pink lady and granny smith)
  • 1 cup raw oats
  • 1 small container of cinnamon apple sauce (4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (I used a Kelapo sample)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash and slice apples.  Spread out in large greased casserole dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients and spread on top of apples. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, let stand for a few minutes, and serve.

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And for dinner?  The perfect pantry dinner – Sweet Potato and Baked Bean.


5K Follow-Up


A while back, I did a giveaway for one entry to the Road and Read 5K in Charlotte, which was hosted by the Friends of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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When she originally won the pass, Kelly emailed me to say, “This is only my second 5k (I did the Harrisburg Y 5k earlier this year) and although I’ve gotten better while training for each one, they’ve both made me realize how far I have left to go.  I’ve also taken advantage of the free training sessions the library has offered, and they’ve been a big help.”

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So – how did the race go?  Kelly rocked it.  She said, “I wound up walking with one of the ladies I met during the free 5K training sessions the library offered.  It was really great to have someone to walk with – otherwise it would have been me and my iPod.  The course had more hills than I expected, it slowed me down a bit.  And now,  I’m ready to start training for the next 5k”


And on that note…


The winner of the Name Your 5K giveaway is Lauren @ therawcure who commented, “Running is showing me that I can conquer and alter my attitude towards certain things, and I’m becoming stronger physically and mentally through it…  There’s a 5K in November that I’d love to do with a friend that has asked me to join her, but on my grad school budget I can’t really afford it!”    Congrats, Lauren! 


I’m lovin’ these 5K giveaways – I’ll try to do more soon!



  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 11, 2011, 9:22 pm

    Love that simple “almost” apple crumble! After coming home from vacation last month, I said to my husband how I wished I could pay someone to restock our fridge. That would seriously be money well spent! I hate coming home exhausted and needing to run to the grocery store.

  • Bee Goes Bananas September 11, 2011, 9:24 pm

    I love apple crisp! It’s so delicious and it’s the perfect fall dessert. Yummy!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 11, 2011, 9:27 pm

    I love quick fixes for getting my favorite flavors. This looks easy and delicious!

  • The Teenage Taste September 11, 2011, 9:48 pm

    OOoh, I am definitely pumped for apple season! This would be perfect with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream! 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 11, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I love apple crumble — and any way to make it easier and quicker sounds good to me!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 11, 2011, 9:51 pm

    That’s really cool of you to do those giveaways! Races are so expensive.

    I eat apples all year round, but they taste best during the fall, and it’s the only time of the year I bake with them. So excited to try this recipe!

  • Chelsea September 11, 2011, 9:54 pm

    I think this kind of giveaway was the best =D You were giving out a free race entry! I mean wouldn’t we all love that?!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 11, 2011, 9:57 pm

    I do the exact same thing with apple crumbles and oats…sometimes I cheat and use the microwave when my 4 yr old needs a fast snack and there’s no time to bake!

  • Sana September 11, 2011, 9:57 pm

    I am so glad you are giving people the chance to run 🙂 nice work!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 11, 2011, 9:58 pm

    I love baking apples! My quick recipe is to just slice up an apple, add a teeeeeny bit of water and sprinkle with cinnamon. microwave for about 3-4 minutes and you’ve got a “baked” apple! Served with Greek yogurt, it makes the perfect afternoon snack.

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 11, 2011, 9:59 pm

    that apple bake sounds both lovely and healthy. I’ll definitely be making my own when the cooler weather comes along!

  • B n B September 11, 2011, 10:11 pm

    Yeah, that looks good. But you definitely need some yogurt and cinnamon action to jazz it up. Or ice cream as noted 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 11, 2011, 10:19 pm

    I love crumbles and cobblers, especially in the winter months. there’s something so warming and homey about them that is so good!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 11, 2011, 11:04 pm

    I just made an apple cobbler for my family and I must say, it turned out AWESOME. Adding vanilla (mexican vanilla, no less) really adds somethin’ somethin’ to it!
    Yours does look simple and easy, though!

  • Katie September 11, 2011, 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the post race follow-up! And again, thanks for giving away the entry. The race was amazing and the Friends of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library raised $25,000 for the libraries from the Rock & Read 5K. Charlotte supported us big time this year!

  • Khushboo September 12, 2011, 1:36 am

    This sounds SO simple yet delicious-thanks!

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 12, 2011, 4:31 am

    I have such a similar recipe! Perfect for this season 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 12, 2011, 7:37 am

    Yum this is perfect for fall! Definitely bookmarking this!

  • CJ @ September 12, 2011, 8:12 am

    Wow the baked apple crisp looks awesome!!! I think it would be even better because my favorite honey crisps are back in season!! I hope you had a nice weekend 🙂

  • Hillary September 12, 2011, 8:31 am

    Oh, apple crisp. You will always have my heart (and my stomach).

  • lindsay September 12, 2011, 9:17 am

    yum! that breakfast looks ah-mazing!

  • Katie September 12, 2011, 9:20 am

    Oh man, this is a lifesaver. I have very little food right now, and due to a big unexpected expense a couple days ago, can’t really go grocery shopping until payday. I’ve been bemoaning having nothing to eat, but I have apples and oats and enough substitutes to make this work!

  • Katie of Cabbage Ranch September 12, 2011, 9:29 am

    I love baked apples and crumble topping, what a great idea. And running a 5k… Time for me to get busy and find one to sign up for!

  • Emily September 12, 2011, 10:01 am

    Yummm looks so good, love apple/cinnamon/oats. And your post on Lauren’s wedding was so wonderful; she was such a beautiful bride!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 12, 2011, 10:19 am

    I love it when new runners get excited about it. It’s really the “every man’s” sport!

  • Amber K September 12, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Apple combined with cinnamon and oats is amazing. Probably why I have them daily, yum!

  • Joey September 12, 2011, 1:13 pm

    I love your 5K giveaways too… You are the best! 🙂

  • Laura September 12, 2011, 1:51 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m cutting out processed sugar (agave nectar & honey are allowed) and have been jonesing for something dessert-like to eat.

  • DadHTP September 12, 2011, 2:12 pm

    ….and if you’re out of town, write local contact info down and put it in a baggie…

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 12, 2011, 5:17 pm

    I hate it when you get home from a long trip and there is no food! Good use of your basic ingredients! 🙂

  • apple crumble November 13, 2011, 10:36 am

    Excellent stuff and well done for running the race Kelly

  • apple crumble November 13, 2011, 10:37 am

    loving the recipe and well done for completeing the race

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