Savory Stuffed Baked Apples

Savory Stuffed Baked Apples

Published June 3, 2013 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 4
Total Time: 45 min

Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 25 min


Apples contain soluble fiber. When eaten on a regular basis, soluble fiber helps significantly decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol. Keep the skins on to reap the most heart-healthy benefits.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1¼ cups
Calories per serving: 267
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.0g 26%
Saturated Fat 2.0g 10%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 27.0g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4.0g 16%
Sugars 12.0g
Protein 4.0g 6%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 2 apples (Braeburn apples make great baking apples)
  • ¼ cup onions, chopped
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup raw pecan halves
  • 1 cup raw kale, torn into pieces
  • ¼ cup celery stalk, chopped
  • A few leaves of fresh parsley
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • ½ cup rice
  • ¼ cup dried tart cherries (dried cranberries work too!)

Step by Step:

  1. Cook rice as directed.
  2. Meanwhile, prep the apples. Start by cutting ⅓ of the top off, then use a spoon or metal ice cream scoop to hollow out the center. Make sure to keep the sides sturdy and intact. Set in an oven-safe baking dish and set aside.
  3. Next, add EVOO, garlic, celery, and onions to a frying pan. Sauté on low heat for 2 minutes.
  4. Add pecans, kale, vegetable stock, parsley, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and add dried tart cherries.
  6. Using a spoon, fill the apples until overflowing. Add a little water to the baking dish (this adds moisture to help cook the apple and prevent it from sticking).
  7. Bake on 425°F for 25 minutes, or until apples are tender.