Baked Apple Boats


This is a variation of a breakfast favorite that got shared around a lot in my boot camp back in the day. I think other boot campers called it Baked Apple Breakfast. I’ve put my own little Katie spin on it. Enjoy!

Baked Apple Boats

  • Servings: Makes 1 Serving
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Each Serving Contains:

  • 1 Grain Serving
  • 1 Protein Serving
  • 1 Fruit Serving


Grain Serving

  • 1 oz dry rolled oats or quick cooking steel cut oats

Protein Serving


  • 0.5 oz dry roasted pecans or other nuts (1/4 protein serving)
  • 1 oz peanut butter or almond butter (1/2 protein serving)
  • (Optional: thin with some water to make a nut butter drizzle)
  • 2 oz yogurt (1/4 protein serving)

Alternative Protein Options:

  • Use 3/4 of a serving of nut butter as a topping
  • Use 3/4 of a serving of yogurt as a topping
  • For maintenance, add more of these two toppings
  • For more creative eaters, mix the yogurt and nut butter together with a little water to make a sauce!

Fruit Serving

  • 1 large apple (I love honeycrisps)

Condiments & Spices

  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Apple Pie Spice (or see below)
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/8 cardamom
    • 1/8 tsp allspice

Maintenance Modifications

  • Grain Additions: Increase amount of oatmeal
  • Protein Additions: Increase nuts, nut butter, or yogurt
  • Fat Additions: Increase nuts or nut butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the apple into quarters and using the tip of a sharp knife, carefully cut out the centers, removing the core but saving the rest. The goal is to leave an apple-boat behind to put the filling into.
  3. Dice the apple that you carved out.
  4. In a small pot or small skillet, combine the oats, 1/2 cup of water, the diced apple, lemon juice, and spices.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the oats are cooked and the apples are softened.
  6. Spoon this mixture into the scooped out apple boats and place in a cast iron skillet or baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle the apple boats with cinnamon before baking.
  8. Bake them in the 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes with a lid to keep the moisture in.
  9. Remove the lid and bake for 10 minutes, to crisp them up a little bit.
  10. Meanwhile, prepare your protein toppings.
  11. Peanut Butter Sauce: I like to thin out my peanut butter with some water to make a pourable sauce. Some people like to add yogurt to the peanut butter with a little water to make a creamy sauce. I prefer to keep my yogurt and nut butter separate, I think the flavors are more interesting that way, but if that interests you, go ahead and experiment!
  12. Remove the apples from the oven when they are lovely and soft.
  13. Pour the peanut butter sauce on top, garnish with a dollop of yogurt, and sprinkle the pecans (and maybe more cinnamon) on top.
  14. Admire how pretty and delicious your meal is, feel gratitude and then mash it all up and eat it!

Recipe Notes & Variations

  • Use only nut butter as the filling by coring the apple and stuffing it with nut butter, microwaving or baking until soft, and adding the toppings.
  • Add part of your nut butter into the filling.
  • Stuff the boats with a raw mixture of diced apples, peanut butter, lemon juice, and spices. Serve over a bed of cooked oats.

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  1. Samuel Detweiler

    Is there a way to post these on pinterest??

  2. No print button for the recipes?

  3. Great thanks, Katie Gates! I absolutely LOVE this recipe. What a wonderful, healthy change from my typical oatmeal/fruit breakfast. This is SO delicious and filling and I needed some variety. You are amazing and thanks for sharing your creativity!

    • So glad you liked it Gloria! Thanks for the feedback!

      • I love to make this – yet I am a klutz when it comes to carving those apple boats. I’d love to see a video of your technique. I have not yet lost a thumb but have had close calls! I’m sure you have some good ideas on how to be quicker – neater – and safer with this process. Your blog is amazing – I love the way you take recipes that are great – and make them even better! Thanks so much for all your fantastic, healthy, BLE friendly recipes.

      • Hi Gloria, thanks for the sweet compliments! I don’t really have a good technique to share, it doesn’t really matter that much because you pile stuff on top of them. Apples are very forgiving. I used the tip of a small sharp knife and sort of sawed around the center. I encourage you to try different techniques, worst case scenario is that you eat a slightly uglier pile of delicious food instead of a pretty pile of delicious food! 🙂 Maybe next time I make them I’ll post a quick video.

  4. Lynne Johns

    Thanks, Katie! I started the BLE 14-day Bootcamp, it’s now Day 4 for me. I was looking on Pinterest for things related to BLE and found your blog. Thank you! What an amazing assortment of helpful and creative things you’ve got here! I’m definitely going to try these apples when I get tired of my current breakfast of overnight oats and fruit. I’m amazed at how much quieter my food thoughts are now and this makes me very hopeful. I am going to do the 8-week bootcamp after I finish these two weeks. Thanks again!

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