Baked Apple Boats

Here’s a fun way of turning your oatmeal inside out. I love doing this when you feel like a yummy, warm, and decadent (yet healthy) breakfast treat.

Baked Apple Boats

Protein | Grain | Fruit
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Active Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 30 minutes
Servings 1



  • 1/4 cup dry rolled oats, 1 oz


  • 1 Tbsp pecans or walnuts, (0.5 oz) or other nuts of choice
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter, (1 oz) or other nut butter of choice
  • 1/4 cup plant-based yogurt, 2 oz


  • 1 large apple, I love honeycrisps!

Condiments & Spices

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice, or make your own, see notes


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • 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.
  • Dice the apple that you carved out.
  • In a small pot or small skillet, combine the oats, 1/2 cup of water, the diced apple, lemon juice, and spices.
  • Cook for 5 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the oats are cooked and the apples are softened.
  • Spoon this mixture into the scooped out apple boats and place in a cast iron skillet or baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the apple boats with cinnamon before baking.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes with a lid to keep the moisture in. Then remove the lid and bake for 10 minutes, to crisp them up a little bit.
  • Remove the apples from the oven when they are lovely and soft.
  • Thin the peanut butter with a bit of water or yogurt, to make a pourable sauce. Pour the peanut butter sauce on top, garnish with a dollop of yogurt, and sprinkle the pecans (and maybe more cinnamon) on top.
  • Admire how pretty and delicious your meal is, feel gratitude and then mash it all up and eat it!


  • DIY Apple Pie Spice:
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/8 cardamom
    • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • To make this breakfast gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats. Oats are a naturally gluten-free grain, but are often processed with products containing gluten and this contamination can be enough to trigger an immune response in those with high gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. 
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  1. Samuel Detweiler

    Is there a way to post these on pinterest??

  2. No print button for the recipes?

  3. Gloria

    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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