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My Mom’s Baked Apples

Serves 4

Rachael has shared one of her family’s favorite recipes with us – use fresh fall apples for these delicious autumn treats.


  • 4 McIntosh apples, pick 4 about the same size
  • 2/3 cup Grape Nuts brand cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (eyeball it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (eyeball it)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, diced by a grown-up helper (GH)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped (a couple of handfuls)
  • 2 tablespoons currants


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Ask your GH for help with the oven, if you need it.
  2. Ask your GH to cut a deep X over the stem on each apple. Use a spoon to scoop halfway into each apple, making a cavity and removing the core. Trim the bottoms of the apples, if necessary, to make sure they sit upright. Place the apples in a small baking dish.
  3. Mix the cereal with the cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, butter, nuts and currants. Stuff the apples and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the apples are tender and the filling is brown and bubbly.

Tip: You can make this recipe with tart and tangy Granny Smith apples, too, but bake them for 45-50 minutes because they are much firmer apples to start with.

At Yum-o!, we believe in all things in moderation. Special treats like this dessert are to be eaten once in a while and only after you’ve been a good eater the rest of the time. That’s why it’s called a treat!

Photo credit: Tina Rupp