Warm cinnamon skillet apples cooked over low heat with just water and cinnamon for a super easy, healthy dessert. Top your bowl of cinnamon apples with a scoop of natural vanilla ice cream to make it a little more decadent!
A year or two ago, I discovered that cooking apple slices in just water and high-quality cinnamon makes a really delicious, healthy dessert or even snack, so I’m sharing my super simple method for cinnamon skillet apples with you today. It’s a healthier alternative to traditional baked cinnamon apples recipes, which typically call for loads of sugar and butter.
This recipe has just three ingredients- apples, cinnamon, and water, with optional nuts, and it’s hard to mess up. I like using granny smith apples since they’re tart, firm, and great for baking, and they’re actually the lowest in sugar out of all the apple varieties. Added bonus: Since the recipe doesn’t use butter, honey, etc., it’s vegan-friendly.
But back to the recipe. I first made these for my family since most of them are following a low-sugar eating plan. Now, they request these apples all of the time, which I love. These cinnamon apples really do taste a lot like their less healthy baked apple counterparts. And I can totally justify serving them a la mode because it makes them even 10x better. I’ve also stirred leftover cinnamon apples into plain Greek yogurt, which is amazing. Hope you give it a try, and let me know what you think!
*Update 9/21/17 I’ve started buying my cinnamon in bulk because you can get an entire POUND of high-quality organic cinnamon for under $10!
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 granny smith apples
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional for topping
- If using nuts: toast in a medium skillet over medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes or until slightly fragrant. Remove nuts from skillet.
- Peel and chop apples into small, fairly uniform pieces. Turn the skillet onto medium-low heat and add water. Add apples and cinnamon to taste, stirring and cooking until apples are softened, about 6-10 minutes. If all of the water evaporates, add a little more water as the apples cook.
- Add cooked apples to serving bowls and top with toasted nuts and/or a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream. You can also let the apples cool and stir them into plain or vanilla yogurt. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of apple for baking? How about for eating?
Granny smith are my favorite for baking and I love honeycrisps and pink lady apples for snacking.
A la mode desserts– yes or no?
Yes– I honestly can’t think of many desserts that wouldn’t become better with a scoop of ice cream on top. Maybe banana pudding? Or a cream pie? But that’s about it for me!