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Oven Baked Apple with Ricotta and Walnuts

We often associate baked apples with pies and dessert, but our Baked Apples with Ricotta and Walnuts meal prep recipe can easily be enjoyed for a healthy breakfast.

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We love this healthy-breakfast, baked apple recipe for so many reasons:

  • It’s a light and elegant
  • The ricotta provides a good amount of protein
  • Walnuts provide a good source of healthy omega-3 fats
  • It will fill your home with the smell of warm cinnamon spices

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Ingredients You’ll Need For This Healthy Breakfast

  • Apples: Honey crisp or Granny smith apples will hold up best in baking and keep their structure without turning to mush.
  • Ricotta Cheese: This cheese is mild with a textured consistency. It is often used in cheesecake, so you’ll definitely enjoy that dessert feel. If you’re looking to incorporate more gut-friendly probiotics, you can swap out the ricotta cheese with Greek Yogurt.
  • Walnuts: Walnuts are nutrient-rich and deliver healthy fats, but you can use whatever nuts you have on hand such as almonds or pecans.
  • Honey: We used honey to add a bit of sweetness to this recipe, but you can easily use maple syrup or agave nectar. But if you want to minimize extra sugar, you can also add a dash of vanilla.
  • Lemon Juice: Adding tart flavors helps balance out the sweetness.
  • Cinnamon: This spice adds a layer of warm spice flavors. You can also use nutmeg.
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Steps to Make Baked Apple with Ricotta Cheese

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
  2. Slice the top of the apples and remove the seeds from the core using a small paring knife or apple corer.
  3. Place the apples in a small baking dish.
  4. Mix together lemon juice, honey, and water in a small bowl. Pour it over the apples.
  5. Bake the apples in the oven until they are tender.
  6. Serve with ricotta cheese and walnuts.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

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Meal Prep Tips for Baked Apples

  • Other Variations: Other fruits you can bake are pears or plums. You can also serve the fruit with mascarpone cheese or brie cheese instead of ricotta cheese. These cheeses are much richer in flavor so you can cut the cheese portion in half.
  • Cooking Tip: If you want to speed up the cooking time by a few minutes, cut the fruit into slices.
  • Other Toppings: Instead of nuts, you can also top it off with granola, chia seeds, or even dried fruit.
  • Storage: Store the meal in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. We recommend separating the nuts so that they don’t get soggy from the ricotta cheese.
  • To Reheat: Heat them in the microwave until they warm through.
  • Extra Ingredients: If you have leftover ricotta cheese, you can use it as an ingredient in a pancake recipe, pasta with spinach, or add them to scrambled eggs.
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Oven Baked Apple with Ricotta and Walnuts

Sweet and tender baked apples topped with creamy ricotta cheese and crunchy walnuts.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • knife
  • cutting board
  • baking dish
  • mixing bowl
  • oven


  • 2 medium sized red apples
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 oz chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon honey


  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Slice the top of the apples and use a spoon to remove the seeds from the core. Place the apples in a baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the water, lemon juice, and honey and pour it over the apples, letting the mixture fall to the bottom of the baking dish. This will help steam the apples. Bake them in the oven for 25 minutes
  • After it finishes baking, serve it with ricotta cheese. Top it off with walnuts and sprinkle with cinnamon. Drizzle extra honey to desired sweetness .

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you substitute cottage cheese for ricotta?

Yes, cottage cheese will just have more of a lumpier texture.

What does ricotta cheese taste like?

It has a creamy mild taste that is perfect for using in either sweet or savory dishes.

How long does ricotta cheese last?

Once the package is opened, it can last in your refrigerator for 3 to 7 days. As a best practice, check the “use by date” on the packaging. And of course, if it has a funky smell, throw it out!

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