How to make cinnamon oat stuffed apples in a slow cooker (video)

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When you want a warm apple dessert but don't have the time (or energy) to make a whole pie, these stuffed baked apples will do the trick. They become soft and tender while "baking" in your slow cooker, and the end result is a sweet apple treat with a core of caramel oat goodness.
You can choose any variety of apple that you like, but Gala, Jonagold and Honeycrisp apples are good choices because they won't get mushy while cooking. Feel free to experiment with the filling as well. A little lemon zest and grated ginger make a nice addition. Let's get cooking!
Cooktop Cove
Slow cooker cinnamon oat stuffed apples
30 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes
2 hours
5 Honeycrisp apples, tops trimmed and hollowed with a pairing knife or melon baller (keep bottom intact unless increasing filling; see tip)
2 cups rolled oats
3 tablespoons honey
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold butter, small diced
⅛ teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, mix oats, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and salt.
Generously stuff apples so filling is overflowing. Place into a 6-quart slow cooker lined with parchment.
Cook on high for 1½ hours. If you are using smaller apples, check after an hour for doneness.
Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Tip: If you prefer more oats, add another ½ cup. Cut through to the bottom of the apple to make more room. It'll be a bit more messy, but you'll have more oat goodness!
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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