"I created this recipe myself, and it's the first one I'm submitting to the site. The cream cheese mixture turns almost into a caramel sauce when baked, not 'cream-cheesy' at all. This is delicious by itself, or it would be great served with vanilla ice cream or maybe pancakes or waffles, which would also turn this recipe's yield into 4-6 servings."
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bakeware with non-stick cooking spray. Determine a way to support your apples to sit cut-side up during baking (I used pieces of the cut-out core to wedge underneath, worked fine, just remember not to serve that part)
In a small bowl, mix together the first eight ingredients until well blended.
Wash the apple, cut in half lengthwise, and cut or dig out core and stem, leaving remainder of apple halves intact. Make a hole big enough in the center of each of the apples to hold as much filling as possible without sacrificing too much apple.
Place apples cut-side up into baking dish with support so they stay upright while baking.
Place 1/2 tbsp. of butter into the hole in each apple. Divide cream cheese mixture evenly between the two halves, filling the holes and spreading over the top of the apples to cover.
Bake apples approximately 35 minutes, or until they have about 10 minutes left to cook through until soft.
Remove from oven. Add granola to the tops, pressing in lightly. Return to oven and bake another 10 minutes or until apple is cooked through and granola topping is brown and crispy.