Slow cooker baked apples is a delicious holiday dessert that takes less than 10 minutes to make. Your slow cooker does all the work while you have time to tend to the main event. Easy to make gluten-free or vegan friendly versions too!

Slow cooker baked apples is a delicious holiday dessert that takes less than 10 minutes to make. Your slow cooker does all the work while you have time to tend to the main event. Easy to make gluten-free or vegan friendly versions too! | The Foodie Dietitian @karalydon

I bought a CrockPot last year and haven’t looked back since. Seriously, now I wonder what I ever did without this genius cookware? It’s saved me lots of time in the kitchen over the years and has produced some mouthwatering soups and stews.


But I was a little embarrassed about my slow cooker usage. You see, a friend and fellow blogger asked me for a CrockPot recipe for a round-up she was putting together for her blog. I was in a bit of disbelief myself as I realized I didn’t have any slow cooker recipes to share! So we’re making up for lost time now because I have not one, but TWO slow cooker recipes to share with you this week.

Today’s is sweet. Thursday’s will be spicy & savory.

Speaking of sweet, everyone has a sweet tooth preference right? I mean, sure, I love ALL the sweets but I have my type of dessert that I usually gravitate to on menus. And that’s any warm baked fruit dessert (with ice cream, of course). It’s true. I always pass on the flourless chocolate cake to score some fruit. Like this past Saturday night, Steve and I ordered dessert (it has to be really impressive for me to order dessert at dinner) and we had warm caramel pear bread pudding……Sorry I just died and went to heaven just by the mere thought of it. I digress.

Slow Cooker Baked Apples | The Foodie Dietitian @karalydon

I love baked fruit desserts so much that fall and winter is my favorite time for dessert because this is the time of year when we see warm apple and pear goodness on menus. I decided to take my need for slow cooker recipes and my infatuation with warm apple desserts to create something real special.

Something real special with the apples we picked at Russell Orchards in Ipswich. I loved this apple orchard – (in the words of Stephan) they have everything you need – farm animals, apple cider donuts, apples galore, pumpkins, and wine tasting.

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Slow Cooker Baked Apples

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  • Yield: 5 servings 1x


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 5 Cortland apples (you can use Macintosh or another variety fit for baking)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Optional toppings: vanilla bean ice cream, salted caramel sauce


  1. Core apples using an apple corer or sharp knife. Chop off the top of the apple along with its stem so that the top of the apple is even.
  2. In a medium bowl, add oats, flour, sugars, cinnamon and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Stuff the empty apple cavity with the oats mixture, pressing down firmly to pack in. Top the apple off with additional oats mixture.
  4. Add water to the crockpot and carefully place apples in so that they are standing upright. Add a tbsp of butter on top of each apple. Cook on low for 2 hours. Remove from the crockpot and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Optional: Top with ice cream and/or salted caramel sauce.

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  1. Belinda

    Yummy! I tried this last night, in my little
    1 1/2 quart slow cooker, that fit one large Honeycrisp apple. I am living out of a hotel for work for about 2 months and I really miss cooking! I’d like to add that since I am living in the hotel the mini fridge is a challenge, this lovely fresh apple became frozen solid and I didn’t want to throw it away, this recipe was perfect! It made my room more homey by the cinnamon apple aroma and WOW was it delicious! I left out the white sugar and added Pecans, Coconut and Dried Cranberries. Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

    • You’re so welcome, Belinda! I’m glad it made your room more homey and put that frozen apple to good use!

    • Ruth Portway

      Hi Belinda, I read this recipe of Kara’s and have prepared it ready to cook this evening. I have left out the sugar because my husband is diabetic and I really don’t need any added sugar in my diet either. I was wondering what else I could have put in and I like your idea of pecans and cranberries but personally coconut does not suit me – I think it is one of the triggers for my vertiginous migraines – but that that’s just a personal issue. I think I will try to get some pecans and cranberries and either make a topping for tonight or use them the next time I use Kara’s recipe. Thanks for the idea and good luck with other meals in your slow cooker. I ‘ve only just got mine, which is 1.5 litres, but have done some super casseroles – yesterday was lamb with black eye beans, onion, celery, carrot, swede (turnip), stock and it was delicious.

    • Thanks for sharing, Ruth! Hope you enjoyed!

  2. Kristi

    Nutrition facts please!?!

  3. This is one of my most favorite ways to eat dessert without feeling any sense of guilt! Not to mention it can be so nutritious!!

  4. Aimee

    Hi, I just made these and the Crock-Pot is filling the house with a wonderful smell. I used apple cider in the bottom instead of water. I hope it won’t stick since the pot is on low and only for two hours. Looking forward to eating them later!!

  5. Sara

    What a fun idea! I love this Kara! And I too, love my crock pot! Great post!

  6. OMG that oat topping sounds amazing!! These look so delicious, even better than an actual apple crisp in my opinion 🙂

  7. Shelly

    I make all different types of baked apples and always looking for a new recipe. Yours will be tried today! It looks amazing.
    For people who have questions about coring, I find a melon baller works better than a corer. The corer goes all the way through where the baller gives you a nice diameter and you can stop a quarter of an inch a way from the bottom.

    Thanks for the great recipe.

  8. Burnseeds

    Ok, I have never cooked an apple so forgive me for sounding pinheaded. When you say core it does that mean just the center or more than that to fit more filling in them? Thank you and they look awesome!

  9. Wow Kara! Just the photo alone makes me know I want to make these!Good thing I have a crockpot up here in grad school 😉


  10. Jean

    The butter gets mixed in with the oat mixture, correct? I’ve read the recipe several times, but I can’t find that bit in the instructions.

    The recipe sounds delicious. I’m allergic to raw apples and pears, but I can eat them cooked with no problem. Definitely want to try these!

    • So sorry, Jean. Thanks for bringing this omission to my attention! You actually want to place a tbsp of butter on top of each apple once they are positioned in the slow cooker. I’ve updated the recipe now so this is clear.

      Glad to hear you can have cooked apples and pears with no reaction! Enjoy the recipe and let me know what you think!

  11. Okay, I just have to follow-up and tell you my husband and I made these on Saturday night, and we were in heaven! My husband has now requested that this be his dessert for the rest of fall and winter. Thanks for sharing!!!

  12. These look absolutely amazing!!! I’m sure they don’t “need” those optional toppings, but how can you resist vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce?!?!

    • Thanks, Sonali!! I had one today for an afternoon snack sans the “extras”. It was perfect without them. But, hey, if I’m gonna do dessert, I’m gonna do it right ;).

  13. Gorgeous and looks so delish! My family is apple crazy and loves cinnamon – may have to try this on them.

  14. Every time I see a recipe like this I kick myself for giving away my slow cooker. I’m going out to get another one tomorrow just so I can make this 🙂

  15. These baked apples sound delicious! I love cooked apples. Excited to make these!

  16. The wonders of the things you can make in a slow cooker never end 😉

  17. Look absolutely amazing, delicious, and easy!

  18. WOW is all I have to say. This is a must-try!

  19. Oh my goodness, those look AMAZING! I am right there with you on the crock pot–I love using it but have realized lately that I don’t have many recipes for it. I will definitely be trying this and adding it to my list.

  20. That looks amazing! Since I haven’t joined the slow cooker bandwagon yet, I’ll have to make these the old-fashioned way!

  21. Francesca

    I have so many apples I don’t know what to do with…So now there’s this. Thanks!!

  22. Those are gorgeous. I adore just-picked apples here in New England. I can’t wait to try this! Pinning now 🙂

  23. I can’t figure out whether they look more beautiful or delicious! Regardless, they are both! Totally making these, once I get a crock-pot.

  24. YUM! Oh my gosh, those baked apples with a dollop of ice cream on it looks FANTASTIC! Need to try this with some of my farmers market apples!

  25. Oooo 🙂 These sound amazing. I’ve been needing to find new dessert recipes that aren’t mainly processed sugar and flour!

  26. These apples are drool worthy. I also tend to gravitate towards the fruit desserts vs. chocolate. And that ice cream on top? So much yes!

  27. These are beautiful, and what an easy dessert for Thanksgiving! I love using the slow cooker.