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Baked apples for Christmas

baked apples with walnuts and honey

Apples, cinnamon, honey and walnuts. This is the smell of Christmas in the kitchen. Pure heaven. This is my favorite Christmas dessert or lunch or breakfast or dinner. The beautiful part is that you can make this recipe with your kids. It’s easy, simple and absolutely delicious. Your little ones will love to mix everything together and taste it along the way. I know I did that all the time.

I always use different types of apples: sour, sweet and very sweet. You will cover everybody’s taste in the family. For the vegan ones you can replace the honey with maple syrup.

Use apples which are very ripe if you want the baked apples very sweet. My dad used to do this recipe with small apples or the one that are over ripe. You can use whole apples or pieces of apples. Just put the mix on the pieces instead of inside.


  • 4 -6 apples
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey (maple syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Turn the oven on to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. With a small spoon, scoop out inner core and seeds from inside of each apple up to bottom (do not go all the way through apple).  Arrange apples, cavity side up, in a glass or ceramic baking tray. I used my banana loaf baking tray.

In a bowl mix the cinnamon, coconut oil, honey, walnuts and lemon juice.

Fill each cavity with the walnut mixture. Sprinkle remaining walnut mixture on top of the apples.

Bake the apples 30 to 40 minutes or until you like how tender they are. Rotate the baking tray halfway through the baking.

Serve it warm, simple as it is or be inspired and add vanilla ice cream or my favorite: sour cherry jam. Sour and sweet are matches in heaven.

You can serve baking apples anytime you like. Have some coffee or hot chocolate next to them. Enjoy!baked apples with walnuts, honey and sour cherry jam

128 thoughts on “Baked apples for Christmas”

  1. I love making these. I use brown sugar and butter with the nuts because I am allergic to honey. I make them in the microwave. I don’t have an oven right now because of landlord troubles.

  2. You reminded me that we used to have baked apples often when the children were young, but it’s years since we made them, I don’t know why. I read out your post to my husband and straightaway he suggested making them this weekend! Thanks for the memory 😊

  3. Reblogged this on pearsnotparsnipsdotcom and commented:
    This post reminded me that we used to have baked apples often when the children were young, we used to put raisins in and use butter and golden syrup then, (I can feel the enamel on my teeth disintegrating as I picture it!) Since we began eating more healthily, we haven’t made them for a very long time. When I read this recipe out to my husband just now, he responded very enthusiastically and suggested we make them this weekend! I thought many of you might have the same reaction and so here is the recipe. Do check out Gabi’s website, she has lots of great recipes and stunning photography.

  4. I love this idea! Now all I have to do is see if I can make them. Looks easy enough so should burn anything or poison anyone(don’t worry I haven’t done that…yet). 😁

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