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closeup of baked apples in white bowls with vanilla ice cream

Baked Apple Dessert (Paleo, AIP)

Author: Michele
Servings: 4 servings
Warm, tender baked apples and a sweet crispy topping pair together for a beautiful, easy dessert. Make for the holidays, during the fall, or any time you want a comforting apple dessert! Paleo, AIP, and naturally gluten-free (which is great if you're serving it to company!)
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins


  • 4 Apples
  • 3 tbs Raisins
  • 1 cup sliced Tigernuts for AIP and nut-free or chopped Walnuts for Paleo
  • 2 tbs Coconut Oil or Avocado Oil (you can also use butter if not on AIP)
  • 1/4 cup Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg (or Mace for AIP)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Cut the apples into 3 pieces - one on each side of the core. Alternatively, you can cut the apple into 2 and just use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Place skin side down in a baking dish.
    apples on a cutting board
  • Mix the melted coconut oil (or avocado oil), honey/maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg/mace, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl.
  • Add in the sliced tigernuts/walnuts and raisins and mix.
  • Sprinkle the filling evenly over the apples.
    baked apples in a white baking dish
  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake until the apples are soft, approximately 40 minutes. Serve with your favorite dairy-free ice cream or coconut whipped cream! (I like this vanilla ice cream recipe)


  • For an additional nut-free option (but not AIP), you can use sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  • For an additional nut option (also not AIP) you could use chopped pecans instead
  • This dish originally had you using an apple corer to remove the core of the apple and then standing the apples upright in the baking dish, then stuffing the filling down in the hole. This is still a great option, but many people don't have the apple corer so this is easier! 
Course: Dessert
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword: AIP, Autoimmune Paleo, autoimmune protocol, gluten free, holidays, Paleo
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