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 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 fried apples recipes, which typically call for loads of sugar and butter.
This recipe has just three ingredients- apples, cinnamon, and water, 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. And an added bonus is that since the recipe doesn’t use butter, honey, etc., it’s vegan-friendly.
I first made these cinnamon skillet apples for my family a few years ago since most of them were following a low-sugar eating plan, and they still request these apples all the time! If you serve them a la mode, it’s almost just like eating warm apple cobbler. I’ve also stirred leftover cinnamon apples into plain Greek yogurt or oatmeal, which is amazing.
My two very favorite healthy desserts (this and my favorite healthy apple crisp) use apples, so I have this inexpensive peeler/corer/slicer that’s a total game changer when it comes to apple desserts. It cuts the prep time way down, all of the pieces are a uniform size, and you don’t have to worry about nicking yourself while peeling with a vegetable peeler. LOVE this thing.
If you try these healthy cinnamon skillet apples, feel free to let me know in a comment or post a picture and tag me @livbane on Instagram– I’d love to see! Hope you enjoy!
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 granny smith apples
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional for topping
Peel and chop apples into small, fairly uniform pieces, about 1/4 inch thick.
Place a medium 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 nuts and a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream.
Store leftover apples in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and reheat in the microwave for 20 seconds, or stir them into oatmeal or vanilla/plain yogurt– no need to reheat!