Recipes » Desserts » Stuffed Baked Apples
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies


  • 4 apples (see tips)
  • ½ cup chopped pitted dates
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle cinnamon
  • Sprinkle allspice
  • Pomegranates or berries, for garnish


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • 2. Halve apples and scoop out their seeds.
  • 3. Combine dates, pecans, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  • 4. Stuff the apples with the filling and sprinkle spices on top.
  • 5. Bake for 20–30 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Be careful not to burn the nuts.
  • 6. Garnish with pomegranate seeds or red berries for a more festive looking dish.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. The best apple varieties for this recipe include Granny Smith, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Pink Lady. I don’t recommend Red Delicious apples, as their flavor is too mild and the apple texture doesn't hold up well when heated.
  • 2. For creative alternatives, try pears instead of apples, or walnuts instead of pecans.

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