August 6, 2016

3 Minute Baked Apple

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The 3 minute baked apple loaded with coconut sugar, dates, shredded coconut and slivered almonds is the easiest, fastest and most delicious and relatively healthy gluten free dessert ever!

Now Audrey Joan is a funny one when it comes to her food, some days she’ll eat anything you serve up and then other days she just wants fruit, so I thought these Rockit apples, the world’s first specially bred miniature apples I found at Ziggy’s Fresh at the Fyshwick Markets might just pass the Audrey Joan taste test, they are a perfect size for tiny little hands, sweet and crisp with a thin skin for new teeth to chomp on and apparently her toys love them too!

A less impossible task is this 3 minute baked apple. Not traditionally cooked in an oven, this 3 minute baked apple microwave recipe is perfect for when you want something sweet, relatively healthy and quick too. Rockit apples are abundant at the moment and this recipe makes a tiny, tasty dessert for one. If I’m not feeling like making something elaborate and just want an easy, warm dessert to end an evening, I am all about the baked apple. Scoop out the core and load the insides with a mix of coconut sugar, dates, shredded coconut and slivered almonds. The baked apples soften into a spoonable treat while the coconut sugar melts down into a caramel syrup.

The only thing that could make this simple dessert even better is a scoop of double cream or ice-cream on the side. 

3 Minute Baked Apple. Anna Johnston -

3 Minute Baked Apple

Serves 1  
Preparation time: 3  
Cooking time:  3 minutes

1 Rockit apple 
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon chopped medjool dates
1/2 teaspoon slivered almonds

3 Minute Baked Apple. Anna Johnston -

Step 1: Mix the coconut sugar, shredded coconut, chopped medjool dates and slivered almonds together.

Step 2: Core apple and place in a bowl. Stuff the centre of the apple with the brown sugar mix and cover with cling wrap.

Step 3: Place in microwave for 3 minutes on high. Remove cling wrap carefully (the steam will be hot) and serve with cream.

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I’d love to know, have you tasted Rockit apples before? And what are your thoughts on ‘baking’ in the microwave?  

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All That I'm Eating - November 15, 2016 Reply

This is such a good idea; perfect for the autumn season too!

    Anna - November 16, 2016 Reply

    It really is huh? It’s super popular in my household thats for sure. AND really great if you are travelling, seems most places have a microwave so you can whip up a fancy and semi healthy dessert in no time too.

Jean | Holy Smithereens - August 30, 2016 Reply

I have not tried this before, Anna, but I’m surprised to see how easy it can be made! And you’re such a good aunty, I’m sure Audrey Joan and you will have a lot of trademark shennanagans as she grows up!!

    Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

    Trademark shenannagans…. now that is awesome! 🙂

Eloise - August 24, 2016 Reply

Haha, how cute is your niece. It just makes me imagine my nieces and nephews how they totally rule the fridge, and my room when they’re around. This 3 minute baked apple is really simple and a great idea for kids snack, showing ones thoughtfulness and culinary skills as the same time 🙂

    Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

    What a lovely comment Eloise, thank you so much. 🙂
    And I do hope you whip up a ‘baked’ apple for the kids in your world some time soon. If they are anything like Audrey Joan, I bet they will love it.

Carolyn Chan - August 24, 2016 Reply

This looks sooo good! I can’t wait to try making this some day 🙂

    Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

    I do hope you do make this delicious baked apple Carolyn, it is super yum! 🙂

The Hungry Mum - August 16, 2016 Reply

I have never heard of Rockit apples but now I reallllly want a baked apple. This looks so caramel-y and lush. Gimme!

    Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

    Rockit apples are done for the season, but they sure were tasty little bites of yum!
    Hope you make yourself a delicious baked apple some time soon.

My Inner Chick - August 15, 2016 Reply

YUmmmmmy. Juicy. Crunchy.
Could you babysit me, please?!! xx

    Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha… TOTALLY Kim! It’d be my pleasure to ‘babysit’ you. 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - August 11, 2016 Reply

Microwave “baked” apples are great! I often slice them up — make “baked” apple slices. Just because. And it’s a bit quicker — which is good, because I can’t sit for longer than 30 seconds either!

    Christian Shrefler - August 29, 2016 Reply

    When the weather gets colder and you want something comforting to warm you up without breaking the bank, this super simple baked apple hits the spot. Who has time to go grocery shopping anyways? Just swipe these ingredients from the dining hall, use your floor’s microwave, and you are good to go.

      Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

      Exactly Christian, this seriously is one of the most awesome ways to have a delicious sweet treat (its healthy-ish) and you can be scoffing deliciousness in your face too.

    Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

    Baked apple slices are the business, I must make me some of them some time soon too. 🙂

Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs - August 9, 2016 Reply

This only takes 3 minutes?! WOW! I am amazed!!! Looks fantastic 😀

    Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

    Its a winning recipe thats for sure! 🙂 Hope you enjoy. 🙂

GingeyBites - August 9, 2016 Reply

OOOh I never thought of doing something like this in the microwave! A bit like mug cakes, this is pretty ingenious!! Wicked 🙂

    Anna - September 16, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, so simple and you get to eat all the tastiness in a ridiculously short amount of time too. #best

Liz - August 9, 2016 Reply

Ah, I saw those apples in South Australia… I thought they were not available in Canberra. Good to know they are at Ziggy’s. Love this sort of dessert. Very yum.

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    They are little beauties Liz, definitely worth trying, and perfect for a tiny sweet treat too. 🙂

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - August 9, 2016 Reply

Any dessert that is ready in 3 minutes is a winner in my book. And the addition of some nice thick cream or ice cream is absolutely perfect – I like the way you think, Anna.

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Yup! It sure went down a treat, especially with a dollop of double cream. YARM!

Sarah - August 9, 2016 Reply

This apple dessert reminds me of why I love fall. I can’t really say I’m itching for the cooler weather yet, but at least I know that apples and awesome fall flavors will be happening.. Look gorgeous!

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    It definitely is a wintery kinda dessert, although would go down a treat in the warmer weather too. 🙂
    I say you keep on enjoying all that sunshine and summery goodness, Im doing it tough down under for you.

Sue Slaght - August 9, 2016 Reply

Oh Anna I cracked up at the description of your niece ‘displaying’ your cupboard contents in other rooms of the house. Our wee grand baby is such a mover already at three months rolling about I imagine i shall expect the same. I’d say about 3 minutes is all one has for cooking. Bring on the microwave I say. This looks so easy and absolutely delicious.

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Hahaha… yeah, Audrey Joan sure does enjoy unpacking and packing the cupboards, I rather enjoyed finding ALL the silver displayed neatly on the lounge room floor the other day. Lol! 🙂 It sounds like you will be enjoying all the same kinda fun in no time Sue. And yes to the microwave!

Stuart - August 9, 2016 Reply

We’ve moved into a house with apple trees and this is a perfect way to use some of them. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Lucky you Stuart, enjoy alllllllllllll the 3 minute baked apples. 🙂

Nathan - August 8, 2016 Reply

I’ve never heard of this type of apple and I’ve also never thought to make a baked apple in the microwave. I need to give this recipe a try- it looks delicious!

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, I hadn’t heard of them until recently either, but I am most pleased to have found them, they are absolutely DELICIOUS! Hope you enjoy this super quick and oh so tasty sweet treat. 🙂

mjskitchen - August 8, 2016 Reply

I normally don’t bake in the microwave but if I could have something like this in 3 minutes, why the hell not?! Coconut and dates in an apple sounds awesome. No, I’ve never had Rockit apples. Have never heard of them.
Just found tomorrow’s lunch. Thanks!

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Oh yeah… I hear that MJ, if you can have something delicious and kinda healthy in just a few minutes, the microwave is awesome!!! I really enjoyed the coconut date combo, its gooooooooood! And I am not sure that the Rockit apples have gone global yet, but if you find em, get em. 🙂

      mjskitchen - November 22, 2016 Reply

      Wanted to let you know that I’ve made these a few times this fall. They’ve become a breakfast standard now. Thanks!

Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella - August 8, 2016 Reply

I love smaller fruit unless it is a wild grown fruit. Audrey Joan is a cutie! Love that this can be done in just 3 minutes because sometimes sweet cravings can’t wait 😛

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, the smaller fruit does seem to have a whole lot of extra taste and yum going on huh?
    And little Audrey Joan is absolutely beautiful. 🙂
    I think it was you who inspired the microwave ‘baked’ apple, so thank you!

Shobhajs - August 8, 2016 Reply

I have kids so no, I’m not a snob about microwave baking. If I can stave off the munchies with something fast and relatively healthy instead of the junk they are asking for – I consider it a win. They love apples but this will make it a sweet treat (and not just fruit)

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Love the way you look at things, the microwave certainly does have its place in the home kitchen, and like you say, if you can prepare something delicious and kinda healthy, quickly too, then it is a WIN all round. 🙂

Liz - August 8, 2016 Reply

Ooh, I love the sound of little baked apples made in the microwave! I will have to keep my eye out for these mini gems. Perfect for Miss Audrey Joan and me, too!

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Not sure if the Rockit apples have gone global yet, but if you find them, enjoy! 🙂

Yang - August 8, 2016 Reply

Oh wow, I have never microwaved an apple before, looks delicious! Thank you for sharing such easy and tasty recipe 🙂

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Yang, it’s totally the way to go if you are wanting something sweet and kinda delicious in a hurry. Hope you enjoy if you make it. 🙂

Evelyne CulturEatz - August 8, 2016 Reply

How adorable is she!!! And miniature apples? Love this recipe and how quick they can be turned into a healthier sweet craving crusher! Great idea Anna!

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    She is a super cutie, you can’t help but smile when you see her. 🙂
    And all the YES to miniature apples, just the right amount to get a sweet fix.
    Hope you enjoy!

Mindi Hirsh - August 8, 2016 Reply

When I make this recipe, I will definitely add the vanilla ice cream on the side.

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Excellent idea Mindi, totally the way to make this dessert brilliant! 🙂

Elissa - August 7, 2016 Reply

I love baked apples, and this version is very quick and easy, and slightly healthier than the old fashioned way with HEAPS of butter.

    Anna - August 9, 2016 Reply

    Oh yeah, it really is a winning recipe. Quick, tasty and kinda healthy too. 🙂

Prateek - August 7, 2016 Reply

The microwave is a highly underrated cooking device, I remember in one of the episodes of Mind of a Chef David Chang used microwave to make a sponge cake! This is a good and healthy way to satisfy apple pie cravings without worrying about calories!!

    Anna - August 7, 2016 Reply

    It’s incredible what you can actually cook in a microwave, I haven’t really explored too much further then a mug cake, mug pizza and this delicious apple. I’d be keen to see the sponge cake tho, that sounds impressive. Haha, yep excellent way to get your sweet fix without doing too much damage.

Heidi Roberts - August 7, 2016 Reply

Great idea for a quick and simple pudding or dessert!

    Anna - August 7, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, its a real winner in my household, especially with these teeny tiny and oh so tasty Rockit apples. 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - August 7, 2016 Reply

I discovered baked apples last year, and I’m in love!! This sounds almost too good to be true. And as for baking in the microwave – if it works, then why not?

    Anna - August 7, 2016 Reply

    How freakin GOOD are they huh, Tim. I’m in love too, simple and in your pie hole in under 5 minutes. #best
    Exactly my thoughts on microwave cooking too. 🙂

Fiona - August 7, 2016 Reply

Gosh, what a great idea! I don’t think we have Rockit apples here in the UK – or at least if we do I’ve never seen them. But, I’ll try with a different type

    Anna - August 7, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, so simple and so tasty too! 🙂 Hmmm… not sure if Rockit apples have made there way to the UK either, I sure hope they do, so yummy! Enjoy the recipe if you make it.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - August 7, 2016 Reply

We have crunchy munchy apples here which are mini apples suitable for lunch boxes so I’m sure they will work perfectly here. PS I notice your 3 minute apples take 5 minutes to cook

    Anna - August 7, 2016 Reply

    Awesome Tandy, I have not seen these little beauties before, nice to see a product that owns being small and delicious. 🙂
    And thank you re the timing, oooooops…. :/ I normally do this dessert with a big apple and 5 minutes is perfect for them, but the iddy biddy apples don’t need all that time to bake. Lost a few apples yesterday when I was trailing the right amount of time. I appreciate you pointing it out. I have amended to reflect the 3 minutes. Cheers.

Kirsty - August 7, 2016 Reply

Timely… what a timely post Anna. While I don’t have any Rockit apple babies (nor have I seen that kind before), I do have a bunch of other apples on hand, plus everything bar the coconut sugar. I might crack open my GIANT bag (bag? nay.. sack) of Medjool dates and make this for dessert tonight. Oh wait, I have cream too, score! Happy to know that Audrey Joan’s toys have good taste too 🙂

    Anna - August 7, 2016 Reply

    Wonderful Kirsty, it really is a super delicious dessert, or breakfast if you are in the mood for something a little bit sweet. You can totes get the Rockit apples from Ziggys at the Fyshwick markets, they keep them just by the register in fancy packaging. Def worth trying, they are delicious. If you are using a larger apple, it may take up to 5 minutes to cook. I prefer the coconut sugar, but my family much prefer brown sugar which I am guessing is what you have. Hahaha… now I am most pleased to hear you have a giant sack of medjool dates, I know where to go if I cannot find them at the shops. 🙂 Happy ‘baking’.

Mabel Kwong - August 6, 2016 Reply

Ooooh, so you are cutting out only the core of the apple for this one? At first I thought you meant you took out most of the insides of the apple and wondered where it all went. Silly me 😀 Lots of coconut everywhere. You are so creative with the way you make your food.

I have no issues with baking in a microwave. But I have never put cling wrap in a microwave for fear it will melt. Once I put a aluminum foil wrapped dish in the microwave – that was not a good idea and halfway there was an electric light show coming out from behind the microwave door. Terrifying. I like my food easy to prepare and fast. Though I must say, I’ve heard microwaves can zap the vitamins out of your food. Don’t know how true that is 😀

Hope you are doing well Miss Anna! I know we haven’t met but I miss you. Lots of hugs x

    Anna - August 7, 2016 Reply

    Yeah, really simple, if you use these little Rockit apples, they don’t actually have too much of a core, so you could use a melon baller or teaspoon event just to take out the top. I reckon it is one of the most simple yet oh so delicious desserts, and the best thing is, all the ingredients are normally in the pantry. 🙂

    Oh NO…. you are so lucky to not have caused a fire in your microwave with the foil. Although I do wonder how you got close enough to switch it off, unplug the whole unit? I remember during service on Christmas day back in my kitchen cooking days, the microwave just went up in flames, the head chef literally grabbed it and took it outside to burn itself out. So crazy. We think there must of been a little bit of foil under a plate or something to cause it. Anyways, you are lucky!

    I am doing well little one. I do hope you are too. And I hear you, its so cool that we have such a friendship and we’ve never actually met.
    Sending you HUGE hugs and love. xoxox

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