Easy Baked Apples
with Granola + Honey

Healthy Baked Apples with Ice Cream

This recipe is so easy, you could make it in a remote cabin, in the middle of the woods, with no cell service to review the directions, and an extremely limited access to groceries.

I know that because those were the circumstances I was in when I created this scrumptious dessert over Thanksgiving weekend during our trip to Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Mirror Lake

Whitney Yosemite

Yosemite Falls

I’d seen a ton of drool-worthy baked apple recipes recently and was dying to try one out when I had the idea to make it one ice cold evening.

Baked Apples with Granola

Unfortunately, my bars were at zero — I would have to go on sheer instinct to create this cabin confection.

We headed out to the Yosemite Village square to search for ingredients.

I will admit I was surprised to find the tiny convenience store in the national park had coconut oil and a low-sugar, healthy granola — but even without those options, this recipe would still be a breeze.

Baked Apples

Healthy Baked Apples

Baked Apples with Honey

All you need is apples, granola (homemade or store bought), a fat/oil of choice (I used coconut), and a bit of honey.

That’s it!!!

Healthy Baked Apple Recipe

After a long day of hiking in 23°F weather with stabilizers on to avoid face-planting in the snow, this dessert was well-deserved.

Yosemite Winter

Yosemite Waterfall

Yosemite Vacation

And even if we’d spent the day sitting on our bums fireside, it would still be totally wholesome considering the healthy ingredients.

Easy Baked Apples with Granola + Honey
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An extremely easy fall/winter/holiday dessert. Baked Apples stuffed with crunchy granola and drizzled with honey.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 4 Apples, sweet
  • ½ C. Granola
  • 4 tsp. Coconut oil (or Olive, Avocado, Butter, etc.)
  • 4 tsp. Honey
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Wash apples and scoop out the core using a melon baller, or knife/spoon combo, leaving the bottom ¼ of the apple intact.
  3. Place apples in a baking dish.
  4. Drop ½ tsp. of coconut oil in each apple hole.
  5. Fill each apple with 2 T. of granola.
  6. Top each apple with remaining ½ tsp. of coconut oil.
  7. Baked apples, covered, for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove cover an bake for an additional 20-25 minutes.
  9. Drizzle apples with 1 tsp. honey each.
  10. Serve with ice cream or banana faux-yo (optional).
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 180

Most granolas are packed with unnecessary sugar, so if you’re not stranded in a desolate cabin, I encourage you to make your own.

Try my Dark Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio or Cinnamon Blueberry Granola.


If you are going the store bought route, try to find a brand that has around 5 g. of sugar per 1/4 C. or less. — or don’t worry about it since you’re only using 2 T. per apple. Go with gluten-free oats if you have an intolerance, or an oat-free variety for a grain-free or paleo option.

If you don’t have coconut oil, you can always sub for another oil or grass-fed butter.

These apples are fantastic by themselves but even more heavenly with a scoop of ice cream or faux yo alongside.

Healthy Baked Apples with Granola and Honey Recipe


Weigh In: Have you made Baked Apples before? Have you been to Yosemite? How did you spend Thanksgiving?



  1. Your weekend looks like an absolute blast! I can’t wait to check out Yosemite sometime next year.

    I can’t wait to give these baked apples a try!
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  2. WOW! Thank you for sharing those pictures. I’m glad you got a break in such a beautiful place 🙂

  3. Beautiful pictures! I haven’t been up to Yosemite since I was a kid…
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  4. What and amazing looking trip! These sound so good and easy! I think my bf will approve!
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