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.
This recipe has just three ingredients- apples, cinnamon, and water, and it’s hard to mess up. It’s a healthier alternative to a traditional fried apples recipe, which typically calls for loads of sugar and butter.
And an added bonus is that since the recipe actually doesn’t use dairy, honey, etc., it’s happens to be vegan-friendly and allergy-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 these skillet apples a la mode, it’s almost just like eating warm apple cobbler. I’ve also stirred leftover cinnamon skillet apples into plain Greek yogurt or oatmeal, which is amazing.
Best Apples for Baking
Apples with a firm texture are generally good for recipes where you want the apple slices to maintain their shape (rather than become mushy).
I typically use Granny Smith apples for baking since they’re tart, which is a nice balance in a sweet recipe. They’re also widely available, relatively inexpensive, and the lowest in sugar out of all the apple varieties!
Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Cortland, Braeburn, and Pink Lady apples are also great choices for baking in a recipe like this.
As far as peeling the apples go, you absolutely don’t *have* to. The skin contains extra nutrients and fiber, and it’s great for you. Personally, though, I prefer a smoother, less chewy texture so I do peel mine.
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…and hope you love this recipe!
If you try these healthy cinnamon skillet apples, let me know in a comment or post a picture and tag me @livbane on Instagram– I’d love to see!
Healthy Cinnamon Skillet Apples
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 medium granny smith apples
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 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 each serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream, plus a tablespoon of chopped nuts if desired.
- 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!