This apple & nut bake is a simple recipe that can be made in your slow cooker or Instant Pot. Jazz up this paleo and vegan apple dessert with your favorite accompaniments.
Easter will be here sooner than we know it. I’m starting to test my Easter dessert recipes now rather than my usual last-minute. I know I’m lacking on dessert recipes here on the blog. I don’t really have a sweet tooth, that’s no secret. But I do love a simple fruit-based dessert every now and then. Plus Valentine’s Day is this week and instead of going out, my husband usually cooks dinner; this recipe is simple enough that he can make it so I’m adding it to my menu wish-list.
I almost made baked apples but I thought I’d switch it up and make an apple ‘bake’ or casserole whatever you want to call it instead. Same ingredients, different shape.
Apples – I used red delicious apples. What type of apples doesn’t matter. Use the type of apple that you prefer. If I don’t have red delicious, I usually use gala or another sweet apple.
Nuts – what nuts should you use? I use chopped walnuts but you can of course substitute another nut. Almonds, pecans, or even cashews are all great choices. I also used 6 ounces of walnuts but you can use up to 8 ounces with this recipe.
Honey or maple syrup? I made this using honey but honey isn’t vegan so if you’re looking to make this a vegan dessert, use maple syrup.
Other additions – What can you add to this? Off the top of my head I’m thinking raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, pitted dates. I didn’t add butter or ghee to this dish but you certainly can stir in a teaspoon or so as well.
I topped this dessert with unsweetened shredded coconut. This is of course optional.
If you’re making this in your pressure cooker, don’t forget to add the additional 1/2 cup of water. Water isn’t needed if you’re using your slow cooker for this recipe.
Apple & Nut Bake VIDEO:
Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Apple & Nut Bake (Paleo,Vegan)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4
- 4 apples, chopped
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 6 ounces nuts, chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp coconut, shredded (optional)
- 1/2 cup water (for IP)
- Spray slow cooker generously with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together apples, maple syrup/honey, and cinnamon. Pour mixture into the slow cooker. Top with chopped nuts.
- Cook HIGH 2-4 hours, LOW 4-6.
- Spray IP generously with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together water, apples, maple syrup/honey, and cinnamon. Pour mixture into the slow cooker. Top with chopped nuts.
- Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure and cook for 7 minutes. Quick release pressure.
What additional ingredients will you add to this recipe?
I made this in a small 3.5-quart slow cooker but it can easily be doubled to feed a larger crowd.
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