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Make these vegan Baked Apples with vanilla sauce your healthy winter treat!

Baked apples are one of the most common desserts for the holiday season. I happily remember last Christmas season where my family had this treat more than once a week. Sometimes, we ate them for supper too because they are healthy and cozy and make you feel comfortable. Maybe I went too far, but now you can see how much love I share for this recipe as baked apples with a light but creamy vanilla sauce is everything I need to make Christmas time perfect.

vegan baked apples with vanilla sauce

Easy recipe with a healthy cranberry-nut filling!

The filling is what makes baked apples so special. I created a cranberry-walnut filling with lots of cinnamon and cloves. If you don’t like cranberries you can easily replace them with raisins or just use more dates. The same goes for walnuts. You can use almonds or any other kind of nuts instead, but I need to mention that walnuts have this special kind of flavor that goes really well with the apples. However, the cranberries and dates provide enough sweetness and that’s why I did not use any additional sugar for the filling.

I created a simple nut-free version too

The nut-free version I created is really simple. I just replaced the walnuts with rolled oats! And honestly, I cannot tell which one I liked better as I loved the nut-free version too. Another great thing about this version is that it’s low in fat and allergy-friendly.

Let’s talk about the vanilla sauce!

This sauce is creamy and still really light! I used soy milk for this recipe but make sure to use any kind of plant milk you like. For the vanilla flavor, I used packaged vanilla sugar as I did not have a vanilla bean or vanilla flavor around and this works just as well. What I also love to do is to put some dried cranberries into the sauce and cook them, so I have little hidden treats in my sauce 🙂 If you aren’t a vanilla sauce fan, you can always leave out the vanilla sauce and use honey or maple syrup to pour over your baked apples.

Baked apples with vanilla sauce

Healthy and easy winter dessert
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course dessert
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 apples each apple was about 250 g
  • 200 ml water

For the nut filling

  • 30 g dates pitted
  • 30 g cranberries dried or fresh
  • 30 g walnuts ground
  • 2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 0,5 tsp cloves ground
  • 50 ml water

For the nut-free filling

  • 30 g dates pitted
  • 30 g cranberries dried or fresh
  • 30 g rolled oats optional: shredded
  • 2 tsp cinnamon ground
  • 0,5 tsp cloves ground
  • 100 ml water

For the vanilla sauce

  • 500 ml milk any kind of plant milk
  • 2 tbsp vanilla flavor
  • 4 tbsp corn starch
  • 30 ml milk any kind of plant milk
  • 30 g coconut blossom sugar or raw cane sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt


For the filling (either nut filling or nut-free version)

  • Chop the dates and cranberries into small pieces
  • Now simply mix together the dates, cranberries, walnuts or oats, cinnamon, cloves and water
  • Let the filling soak and set for about 10 minutes

For the apples

  • Wash the apples, core them with the help of a knife or a common peeler with a sharp end. It is important that the apples stay whole with only a hole in them
  • Fill up the holes with the filling. Make sure to push it down so there is space for more filling
  • Place the apples in a casserole dish and pour 100 ml water over them
  • Put the apples in a preheated oven and bake them at 180 °C for 30-35 minutes. (Make sure to pour another 100 ml water over the apples after about 15 minutes of baking)

For the vanilla sauce

  • Put 500 ml of milk into a saucepan and bring it to a boil
  • In the meantime mix vanilla flavor, cornstarch, sugar and a pinch of salt together in a separate bowl
  • When the milk is boiling, turn down the heat and slowly but steadily pour the corn starch-mix into the milk while constantly stirring with an egg beater
  • Let the sauce simmer on a low heat for a few minutes while stirring here and then
  • Serve the apples with the sauce
Keyword easy, healthy, oil-free, vegan

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