Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

My personal feeling is that baked apples are usually quite a bit sweeter than they need to be. So, here you have this very simple, barely sweet version – with warm, fragrant spices, and just a touch of oats!

With the ease of gentle slow cooking, these baked apples turn out magically fork-tender and enticingly delicious on a cold winter’s night.


1/2 cup water
3 baking apples (I like Pink Lady or Honeycrisp apples)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
6 small dried apricots, diced
1 pitted date, diced
1 tablespoon date syrup (or maple syrup)


Pour the water into the bottom of a medium 3- or 4-quart slow cooker.

Wash and core the apples, taking care to avoid puncturing the base of the apples. (A melon baller or a teaspoon works well for this.) Peel only the top third of each apple. Set aside.

Into a small bowl, add the remainder of the ingredients (oats, spices, dried fruit, and syrup), and combine very well. Stuff the apples evenly, using all of the filling mixture.

Carefully place the apples into the slow cooker. Cover and slow cook for about 60 to 75 minutes, on the Low setting for a newer slow cooker, or the High setting for an older one, or until the apples are almost tender. Dont overbake!

Serve warm.

Copyright © Vicki Brett-Gach | Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen

4 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Baked Apples

  1. I have been enjoying your blog so much! I’ll be trying this tomorrow!!! I was wondering I do batch cooking for the week. Will these freeze well? If not how long will they last in the fridge? Thank you and have a great day!

    • Thank you very much for your kind words, Shirley! I am so glad. These apples hold up very well for a few days in the refrigerator. Haven’t thought of freezing them (it might alter the texture), but if you give try, please report back!😀

      • Oh Viki! These turned out so well! My hubby and I put it in the keep file. My hubby doesn’t like the peel so after cooking them I peeled his. I also froze them with out the peel. When I took them out of freezer it was amazing. I mashed them up a bit in the freezer bag by hand then we had the mixture over pancakes. They turned into a chunky tasty applesauce. Now he wants me to make this up just to make it into applesauce for pancakes and waffles! What a great recipe! Thank you for all your work, time and love you put into your blog.

      • Oh my goodness, Shirley, I cannot begin to tell you how much your comment means to me. You are an absolute sweetheart. Thank you so much for taking the time to follow up. Sending you a huge hug! xxoo

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