Banana Bread Stuffed Baked Apples

Banana Bread Stuffed Baked Apples

Any time you stuff a something into another thing, you’re going to have a pretty good time. This has been proven time, and time, and time again. Also, Puppy Surprise. It’s a weird thing we, the American people, have with things inside of things making both A and B things better as a C thing. It’s like we cannot get enough of everything ever all at once. Case in point? The Turducken. USA! USA! USA!

Banana Bread Stuffed Baked Apples

Patriotism aside/NEVER PUT PATRIOTISM ASIDE, this recipe just makes me super happy. It’s an absolute game-changer with the game being you-having-more-friends. I’ve made it once before but that banana bread wasn’t vegan and honestly, this one is just all around better. Finesse. We can call it finesse. (I mostly just know how to use knives better now.) Some people think vegan baked goods are dry or crumbly or sorta yuck but that’s what makes baking in an apple so successful – it keeps the banana bread extra moist and the boost of baked apple flavor doesn’t hurt either. All around goodness.

Big tip I’m just learning about now that will probably rock your life as hard as it rocked mine: I’ve been making flax “eggs” wrong this whole time. I know! It’s fucking ridiculous! One day you’re living your life thinking everything’s coming up Molly and WHAM you’re sideswiped by a big slap of reality. Thank you Bonzai Aphrodite (that’s a thing I say out loud all the time, sure) for bringing this to my attention. Apparently, if you refrigerate the flax/water mixture for about 15 minutes, it makes for an exponentially better binder. We’ll just refer to it as the Lisa Frank (Egg-less) Binder. Nice.

Banana Bread Stuffed Baked Apples

Makes 8 game-changers


  • 8 apples (Braeburn apples work really well. Granny Smiths do not.)
  • 1¾ cups spelt flour
  • ¼ cup almond flour/meal
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of vegan butter
  • 12 packets of Truvia
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed + 6 tablespoons of water (see below for tips on making your egg-less binder way better)
  • 4 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Splenda brown sugar blend

some people are calling it dynamite…

Prepare those apples! I used a melon baller because duh I own a melon baller. You can also use a knife. Or your special stabbin’ spoon. Either cut out or melon baller out (technical terms) the stem area. From there, carefully scoop out the insides of your apple. Keep no less than a 1/2″ inch thick wall inside your apple. Also, don’t break through the bottom. I’ve been trying for literally ones of minutes to think of a clearer way to scoop out the apples. I cannot. Godspeed.

Combine your dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside. Whisk together your water and ground flax. Refrigerate it for at least 15 minutes. It should thicken and get stickier.

Cream your buttery sticks and Truvia with an electric mixer or your own brute strength. Add in the maple syrup. Mix. Add in that mindblowing new flaxseed/water mixture. Mix mix mix. Add in the mashed bananas and almond milk. Mix! Mix in the vanilla. Add the cinnamon and give your batter another go round in the mixer. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture at a low speed on your mixer. Try not to overbeat it. (There are so , so many jokes here.)

Fill your apple with around 70g of your mixture – for me that filled about 2/3 of an apple. Sprinkle 1/4 of a teaspoon of Splenda brown sugar blend on top of the batter in the filled apples.  Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of that.

Find a baking dish with corners and significant depth (cake pan, roasting dish, loaf pan, other things) and line it with some tin foil or parchment paper. You’re going to want to bake the apples no more than 4 at a time because you’re going to want to place an apple in each corner and I refuse to believe you have a octagonal baking pan.

Bake for 35 minutes or so. Let them cool a bit before diving it. Also, you probably want to cut them in half and eat a half because you’re a lady/will probably end up eating all the damn banana bread stuffed baked apples because daaaaaamn.

They’d also be good on top of vanilla ice cream. But so would my shoe.


NUTRITION (this one’s a doozy): 346 calories . 44g carbs . 15g fat . 6g protein . 8g fiber . 22g sugar



  1. Does your flax see binder work for oat flour? I’ve been making gluten free scones using oat flour with rice flour in a 3:1 ratio and coming close to getting it to not crumble, but I need a good binder. Yours sounds worth a try in other recipes.

    1. I can’t see why not. I’ve never made scones, however.

  2. Amazing how sophisticated and various vegan meals may be. Great recipe !

  3. pawsawhilesharon · · Reply


  4. This is awesome!! Looks super easy, super fun!

  5. What a great combination of awesome ingredients. Amazing.

  6. So… you’re my hero. Thanks for this post! i’ll definitely be trying these 😀

  7. jamiediger · · Reply


  8. dragonfang0567 · · Reply

    This will be my next snack.

  9. Looks good

  10. This sounds yummy! You’re pretty funny too. lol

  11. that looks so delicious!!

  12. Candy Stilettos · · Reply

    yum! looks delicious! xo Jamie

  13. Wow! wow! wow! Cannot wait to try and make these and will definitely be putting vanilla ice cream on them!

  14. Holy crap 😍

  15. Alright.. This is borderline genius!

  16. During the fall (or anytime of the year, actually), I bet pumpkin bread stuffed apples would be delicious.

  17. That sounds absolutely amazing!

  18. Thanks for many good laughs, especially the one about anything tasting good on ice cream.

  19. very nice post…

  20. So ingenuous and yummy! Well done!

  21. Sounds yummy! Now I wish my oven hadn’t zonked out.

  22. Your banana bread did nothing to stop those stupid Korean ferry passengers from not drowning.

  23. Thanks for helping me look like I searched long and hard for a great desert for later tonight!

  24. looks yummy….. definitely going to give it a try! thanks

  25. This looks absolutely amazing. My husband recently made some bread puddings for a work outing. It’s an odd activity he’s taken to considering his overall profile, but yes, it’s a star-studded preparation that wins him some accolades. Bread pudding stuffed into baked apples is a nice twist I will show him.

  26. I would absolutely purchase a cook book written with so much spunk, as long as the recipes were simple and looked good. You’re hilarious. You’re also yum.

    1. Aw, thanks! I try to tell people all the time that I’m hilarious but it doesn’t always work in that order.

  27. Looks delicious!

  28. You don’t have to be Vegan to love this !

  29. (▰˘◡˘▰) · · Reply

    This. Is. Awesome! I’m now having visions of Fat Bastard saying “get in mah belly” over and over again… so thanks? I think? …but I’m so happy to have discovered your blog today! Great writing and so many recipes to try. This will definitely by attempted in the coming week.

    1. I’m so happy you’ve discovered it too! Now go make some Cookies and Kahlua Ice Cream!

  30. Breakin' Free · · Reply

    Oh My Gee…these look delicious!

  31. Wow…they sound delicious. Will definitely try these one day. I need one of those darn melon ballers. I have needed one for awhile so, guess now gives me another reason for getting one. I wanted one for when I was doing meatballs-thought it’d be easier making them with one. Anyway-I am going to try these soon! Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Melon ballers would make some teeny tiny meatballs, wouldn’t they? They’d be like meat gumballs which almost sounds preferable, actually.

  32. heinekensun · · Reply

    If someone handed this to me and said “just eat it” without telling me what it was, then I would turn it down. It looks more like a stuffed pepper. Not matter how many times I read the description, all I can think about is meatloaf.

    1. If someone were to hand you this and say “just eat it” I’d be all like “OMG MY BLOG IS BLOWING UP.”

      So basically the same reaction.

  33. That is really making me drool

  34. cepstarbucks · · Reply

    That’s so cool how you created this. I think that bananas and apples are the best fruits! That’s so creative how you made your own recipe and put the two together. I’ll have to try these! Thank you.

  35. This sounds awesome, and looks great! Sending this to my sister, who’s gluten free (celiac). Looks like she’ll love it!

  36. Looking Very Delicious and want to eat now

  37. Such an awesome idea! Love it!

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