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Vegan Baked Caramel Streusel Apples

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 Minutes (+Rest Time)
  • Yield: 8-10 apple havles 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Healthy, comforting, and delicious, these Vegan Baked Caramel Streusel Apples are an out-of-this-world tasty dessert.



Baked Apple Ingredients:

  • 4 to 5 large apples, peeled, halved, cored *
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons water

Caramel Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons cashew butter *
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt

Streusel Topping Ingredients:

  • ½ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • ¼ cup +1 Tablespoon rolled oats *
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon flour (of choice) *
  • 1 Tablespoon cashew butter *
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the oven rack in the center
  2. Place 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. Peel, halve lengthwise (top to bottom), and core the apples, then dip them into the lemon juice, be sure to coat the entire apple half in lemon juice, set aside. (Use your fingers or a pastry brush, if needed). Set aside.
  4. Place 1/3 cup of maple syrup and 2 Tablespoons of water into the bottom of a large baking pan, mix well. Then place the halved apples into the baking pan, roll the apples around in the maple syrup mixture to thoroughly coat, then place cut/core side down. Cover tightly.
  5. Place in a preheated 400F oven for 17 minutes (or longer until tender), then remove.
  6. In the meantime, make the Caramel Sauce, by placing all the Caramel Sauce Ingredients into a small bowl, mix well to combine. Set aside.
  7. Then make the Streusel Topping by placing all the Streusel Topping Ingredients into a small bowl, mix well set aside.
  8. After 17 minutes have expired (or when the apples are tender – see notes), remove the apples from the oven, remove the cover. Flip the apples over in the pan, core side up (see notes), then pour 1 Tablespoon of the Caramel Sauce into the hole of each apple, set aside the remainder.
  9. Then divide the Topping into 8 to 10 equal parts (dependent upon how many apple cups you made). Fill and top each apple with the Topping Mixture, approximately 1 rounded tablespoon in each apple. Then take the remaining Caramel Sauce and pour it over all the apples. It’s fine if it runs over the sides.
  10. Place the pan back in the oven, bake uncovered for 13 to 14 minutes until the topping is golden.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 15 minutes. After the apples have rested, spoon the caramel sauce that has fallen on the bottom of the baking dish over top of the apples. Enjoy warm!


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Equipment Used.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Serving:  Makes 8 to 10 apple halves (1 serving = 2 apple halves)