Microwave Baked Apples Topped with Granola

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If you’re often short on time, then you’ll appreciate this easy recipe for Microwave Baked Apples stuffed with granola. It’s an after school (or work) snack that’s ready in a jiffy. 

Microwave Baked Apple sliced open on a plate.

It’s my favorite kind of treat recipe…incredibly easy to make (just 5 minutes!) and healthy too.

This honey crisp apple is stuffed with cinnamon raisin granola and “baked” in the microwave until fork tender. It’s like an apple pie with absolutely no guilt.

How to Make Microwave Baked Apples

1. Select a crisp, sweet apple, such as a Honey Crisp, Pink Lady®, Royal Gala, Fuji or Ambrosia.

2. Core the apple. I “splurged” on an apple corer. It’s inexpensive and comes in very handy making this recipe and Crock Pot Apple Butter.

Ideally, leave the very bottom of the apple intact. But don’t worry if you go all the way through, which is very easy to do. Cut off the bottom of the core and replug the hole.

Alternatively, use a paring knife to cut out the core. Either way, you can make the hole a little wider if you want to have more filling.

Apple Corer inserted into the center of an apple.

3. Using a paring knife or vegetable peeler, remove some skin from the top. Sprinkle cinnamon in the hollow area and on the top.

Apple with core removed with cinnamon sprinkled on top

3. There are lots of options for stuffing an apple. Dried fruit, such as raisins and cranberries, is delicious. Caramel, or better yet, chocolate-covered caramel is absolutely indulgent.

I filled this apple with cinnamon and raisin granola. Drizzle a scant amount of agave nectar, honey or maple syrup on top. It doesn’t take more than a 1/4 teaspoon.

Microwave Baked Apples topped with Granola  on a plate with juices pooled at the bottom.

4. Place the apple in a bowl and cover…maybe. If the apple is filled with mostly dry granola, then you don’t need to cover it. It will sizzle a little and the juices will flow to the bottom of the bowl. However, if you fill it with juicy blueberries or caramel, then cover the bowl or risk an ugly microwave explosion. Microwave for 3 minutes or until the skin is fork-tender.

Allow the microwave baked apple to cool for a few minutes. Spoon juices over the apple and top with additional granola, if desired.

Baked apple cooked in the microwave on a plate with a bowl of apples behind it.

Honestly, this is one of the easiest treats I’ve ever made!

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Microwave Baked Apples Topped with Granola

Microwave baked apples topped with dried fruit and granola have all the appeal of apple pie, but take only 3 minutes to cook and are completely guilt-free!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 240kcal


  • 1 apple sweet and crisp, such Honey Crisp, Pink Lady®, Royal Gala, Fuji or Ambrosia
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons granola I used cinnamon raisin granola
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries, if desired
  • 1/4 teaspoon agave nectar honey, maple syrup or other sweetener


  • Remove the core from the apple using an apple corer or paring knife, leaving the bottom of the apple intact, if possible.
  • Remove about 1/2 inch of skin from the top of the apple using a vegetable peeler or paring knife.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon inside the hollowed area and on peeled area.
  • Spoon granola (mixed with dried fruit if using) into the hollowed area.
  • Drizzle agave nectar over the top.
  • Place apple in a microwave-safe bowl (if the filling is mostly dry, then you don't need to cover it.)
  • Cook on high for 3 minutes or until the apple is fork-tender.
  • Allow apple to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Spoon juices that pools in the bottom of the bowl over the apple and top with additional granola, if desired.


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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  1. This looks wonderful! Apples are so good for you too!

  2. Perfect, quick snack or dessert! Love that they’re made super quick in the microwave!

  3. Yum! I am heading to the orchard this weekend!

  4. What a great snack idea! Perfect for those days when you want something warm and comforting!

  5. I love baked-apples! There is just something about them that is so comforting. I love this recipe!

  6. So good. Had a craving for baked apples but didn’t want to spend an hour cooking them. Nice treat for my daughter who is vegan, and I.

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