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Healthy Baked Apples Stuffed with Sweet Potatoes and Pecans

Healthy Baked Apples

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Whether you’re seeking a cozy side dish or a comforting treat to savor on a crisp evening, this dish one that is sure to please the entire family!


Units Scale
  • 2 large sweet potatoes or 34 small ones
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla (or more)
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 4 apples, halved and cored (save the cores for the cran-apple crumble)


  1. Preheat the oven to 395°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare the Sweet Potatoes:
    • Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into small cubes.
    • Place the cubed sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water.
    • Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low.
    • Cook the potatoes for approximately 15-20 minutes or until tender. You’ll know they’re done when a fork easily pierces the flesh without resistance.
    • Drain excess water using a colander and transfer the potatoes to a bowl.
  3. Mash the Sweet Potatoes: 
    • Mash the cooked sweet potatoes with a fork or masher until relatively smooth.
    • Add the olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and pecan pieces to the mashed sweet potatoes. Mix everything thoroughly and set the mixture aside.
  4. Prepare the Apples:
    • Wash the apples thoroughly.
    • Slice each apple in half and scoop out most of the middle flesh using a spoon. You want to scoop out just enough to make a bowl for the sweet potato filling without removing too much of the apple’s flesh.
  5. Assemble and Bake:
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Place the cored apple halves on the baking sheet.
    • Fill each apple half with the sweet potato mixture, creating a well-rounded filling.
  6. Baking:
    • Bake the stuffed apples in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until they are tender and the filling is thoroughly warmed.
    • Halfway through baking, top each filled apple with a few additional pecan pieces. Doing so helps prevent pecans from burning yet still achieve a nice toasted flavor.


These stuffed apples make for a perfect snack. Simply place them on a plate and cook in the microwave for 60 seconds. They can be stored in the fridge for up to four days.