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Cinnamon Maple Baked Apple with Oat Crumble

Recipe from Elizabeth Schneider. Photo by Colette Krey.

Recipe from Elizabeth Schneider. Photo by Colette Krey.

Recipe by Elizabeth Schneider, Imperfect customer!

We’ve been working with our friends at Bob’s Red Mill to find a delicious home for their rolled oats with outdated packaging that they couldn’t sell to retail stores. This easy-to-make apple crumble fits the bill perfectly and also fights waste by showcasing our off-sized and discolored apples. Join us in showing the world that an apple doesn’t have to look perfect or be evenly sized to make a fantastic dessert!


For the baked apples

  • 4 medium apples*

  • 2 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil*

  • 4 Tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon*

For the oat crumble

  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter (or vegan alternative)*

  • 3 Tbsp light brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon*

  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Oats*

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

    *Ingredient available to add to your Imperfect box 


  • Heat oven to 350 F.

  • Slice the apple in half horizontally, then scoop out the seeds with a melon baller or spoon, being careful not to remove too much of the apple's flesh.

  • Place the apple halves in a small baking dish, cut sides up.

  • Mix the coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon together in a small dish (you can microwave for a few seconds to make stirring easier).

  • Pour the syrup mixture into the center of the apples (where the seeds used to be), then spread the rest of the syrup over the top of the apple halves.

  • Bake for 20 minutes.

  • While the apples bubble away in the oven, in a medium bowl, combine whole wheat flour, oats, vanilla extract, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir until ingredients are combined and mixture is the consistency of wet sand.

  • After 20 minutes, remove apples from oven. Top them with the crumble mixture and bake until it has browned, about 15 minutes more.

  • Serve warm!

Recipe Notes and Variations

You can use whatever apple variety you have on hand for this recipe, but we’re partial to tart varieties like Granny Smith, Jonagold, or Honeycrisp. Try using some crushed nuts like walnuts, pecans, or almonds for topping if you like. If nuts aren’t your thing, chopped cacao nibs are delicious on top of a dessert like this as well.