Have I told you about Penny, the friendly hen that insists on laying her eggs in the farm bucket right outside my front door? Oh yes, I get front door service, along with a lovely bok-bok-BOK to announce every delivery. Obviously Penny wants me to take things a little easier – who am I to argue with that?
One way I love to make breakfast easier is to pop stuffed apples in my slow cooker the night before. It takes just a few minutes to pull together, and then the whole family wakes up to a delicious aroma wafting from the kitchen.
It like this approach because:
- I think more clearly when I’m winding down for bed than I do when I just wake up.
- Feeling “ahead” first thing in the morning makes me feel excited about the whole day.
- A simple breakfast like veggie and egg scramble tends to go over better with a little caramel apple on the side.
This recipe is a lot like the one I grew up with, but instead of raisins it’s lightly sweetened with homemade caramel sauce. I hope you love it as much as we do.
Slow Cooker Apples With Salted Caramel
- slow cooker
- 6 medium honeycrisp apples (Or five large apples. Pink Lady and Braeburn are good options)
- ¼ cup raw honey
- ¼ cup walnuts (chopped)
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 batch quick caramel sauce (get recipe here or if you need a dairy-free version go here)
- While the caramel is simmering, mix together the honey, walnuts, butter and cinnamon in a small bowl. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and mix in the honey, chopped walnuts, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Start the caramel sauce using these instructions.
- While the caramel is simmering, use and apple corer or a sharp paring knife to remove most of the center of the apples, leaving the bottom ½ inch so that the apples can hold the filling like a cup.
- Spoon the walnut filling into the apples and place them in the slow cooker.
- When the caramel is finished simmering, place it in the fridge to keep overnight.
- Add about ½ inch water to the slow cooker and place the apples inside. Cook on low overnight (about 6-8 hours).
- In the morning, warm up the salted caramel, pour it over the apples, and serve.
More Apple Recipes To Try
Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips – These crispy, cinnamony apple chips are a delicious snack that kids (and adults) love, and you don’t need a dehydrator or any special equipment to make them.
Hot Apple Cider – Making homemade apple cider from scratch is so much easier than you might think. All you need are fresh apples, spices, water, and a few slices of orange if you have them on hand. This recipe is a kid-favorite, and can also serve as the base for hot buttered rum.
Apple Fritters – These fried apple rings are so delicious!
Apple Crisp – Made with a scrumptious crisp topping layered over a filling similar to apple pie, this easy apple crisp is one of my family’s favorite cool-weather desserts.
Easy Apple & Bacon Sandwiches – My husband was pretty skeptical of these sweet and savory sandwiches when I first served them, but he LOVED them. They’re quick and easy to make and so delicious!
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Ashleigh @ Casually Unexpected
I usually eat the baked apples for dessert but I won’t argue about eating it for breakfast! the added caramel sounds amazing too.
Heather, I would like to know you opinion on apple wax. I love apples in any form and kind (apples with caramel sounds divine), but I am not sure about wax. FDA states it is completely safe, but I would rather get wax-free apples if I could. We live in south Florida and there is no apple Orchards where I could get fresh apples during the season. So what do you think – to scrub or not to scrub? Thank you 😀
This is a very late reply 🙂 My nutritionist says no-go on the peel unfortunately, bad for the gut. I have a produce wash that claims to get off gunk but I would rather be on the safe side. We live in Fl also and dream of picking our own apples as we are tired of peeling them!
Hey Heather! How would you adapt this recipe for the Instant Pot? I’m guessing this was posted before you became and Instant Pot lover so I would love to know how you use it in the IP!!
Hi there! I made the chicken soup last night and it was amazing! I am so glad I found your site. I am looking at the baked apples and I have a question–do you peel the apples? Thank you!
No, I leave the skin on. 🙂 Glad you liked Dr. Lee’s chicken soup!
What quantity of raisins do you use?