Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples


These baked apples make the perfect Fall treat.

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They remind me of a spicy apple pie filling– you could use them for that, if you like– but without all of the butter and sugar that most recipes call for. Instead, these baked apples are naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and a touch of coconut oil to create a caramel-like glaze.

I’m trying to limit my nut consumption during my elimination diet, so we kept this dish simple, but to make it even more decadent, you could add a grain-free crumb topping like this one. Or, add a scoop of banana ice cream on top!

However you serve them, I hope you enjoy!

Baked Cinnamon Apples (Vegan & Paleo friendly)
serves 4

Ingredients:

4 granny smith apples, cored and roughly chopped
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 35o˚F. In a large, oven-safe skillet over medium heat on the stove, combine all of the ingredients and bring the liquid to a boil. Stir the apples until the liquid thickens and becomes a bit sticky, about 1-2 minutes.

Transfer the skillet to the oven, and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through the baking time. The apples are ready when they are fork-tender and caramelized. Serve warm as is, or with your favorite topping.

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Baked Cinnamon Apples
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Serves: 4
 
These baked apples are naturally sweetened and the perfect Fall treat!
Ingredients
  • 4 granny smith apples, cored and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. In a large, oven-safe skillet over medium heat on the stove, combine all of the ingredients and bring the liquid to a boil.
  2. Stir the apples until the liquid thickens and becomes a bit sticky, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the skillet to the oven, and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through the baking time. The apples are ready when they are fork-tender and caramelized.
  4. Serve warm as is, or with your favorite topping.

Notes:

  • I recommend using Granny Smith apples because they lend a tart flavor to this dish that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the maple syrup. If using a different type of apple, you may wish to use less maple syrup or add a touch of lemon juice for a more balanced flavor.
  • Feel free to use honey or coconut nectar instead of maple syrup, if you prefer, keeping in mind that they will change the flavor a bit.

 

Austin and I had a difficult time not devouring this entire dish between the two of us, so I recommend making a double batch if you’ve got company around. This stuff won’t last long!

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33 thoughts on “Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples

  1. Elise

    Hi, I juste discover your website and it’s amazing. The one thing you could add to help all the recipes is the Nutritional Information. It’s a simple suggestion but it help a lot when we try to eat better.

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  2. Abbi*tarian

    This dish sounds great & is perfect for Fall! Thank you! I’m glad it’s delectable & uses a lot of my favorite ingredients but isn’t intimidating :0)!

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  3. Ashley C.

    i just did an elimination diet and posted all about it on my blog. nuts were one of the things i eliminated as well, and when i reintroduced them they caused some problems. glad to know, but also a bummer. i hope yours continues to go smoothly! 🙂

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  4. Penny OLeary

    I have been making a Dr. Fuhrman version of this without any oil or sugar. I don’t have to eliminate nuts so I top it with almonds, pecans and oatmeal. The recipe calls for apples, bananas & raisins. Satisfies the sweet-tooth for sure!

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  8. Karen

    These are so incredibly amazing! My whole family devoured them. They are even better than the traditional baked apples I have been making for years. I didn’t have any granny smith apples, so I used golden delicious instead (peeled) without any added lemon juice. So delish!!! Thank you for this and all of your other amazing recipes.

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  9. Rachelle

    This recipe is delicious! I’ve made it once as is, and once with an extra apple because I wanted to use it up. It looked a bit plain and healthy and I thought for sure I’d end up wanting to put some crunchy sweet topping on in, but I love it just the way it is.

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  10. Allison C

    Made these for dessert today using honey – didn’t have maple syrup. Delicious!! Will def make again!!

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  11. Stacey

    This sounds like exactly what I was looking for as a “sweet” way to bring in the Jewish New Year- how would you modify it to bake in a date/walnut crust as a pie? Would I still need to use the skillet first? Thanks for this and all of your recipes– you’ve become a real Go To source of deliciousness in our home 🙂

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  12. Casey

    Great recipe! After a failed apple crisp recipe with coconut flour, I was determined to find something delicious to do with our freshly picked apples. It was yummy, other than the mouth feel of so much cinnamon (I may have over-measured as it dumped out). I used pink ladies and added a splash of lemon juice. Also used half honey, half maple syrup because I ran out of syrup. I suggest at least doubling the recipe though, it goes fast. Thanks for a go-to recipe for fall!

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  13. Alex

    I made these for my fall party last night and they were a hit! It was a last minute decision, and I was looking for something exciting to do with the green apples I had. I was out of coconut oil, and I didn’t have cloves or ginger either. Instead I used extra cinnamon and agave syrup. I fried it up in a skillet and then baked it for about 10 minutes.

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  15. Laurie

    Any thoughts on trying this in a crockpot? I want to add this to our holiday dinner but our oven will already be full 🙂

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