There’s nothing better than the smell of baked cinnamon apples. Whether you’re seeking a slimmed down version of apple pie, or just want something tasty and healthy, these baked cinnamon apples are just what you need.
I love baked cinnamon apples. I mean who doesn’t? Whoever first came up with the idea of baking apples didn’t get the credit that they deserve. I mean, the concept is so simple yet, so healthfully delicious.
Now this is no apple pie. We’re skipping the fuss and the crust to make something a bit healthier.
Health Benefits of Apples
Apples are full of fiber which make them a naturally filling and a “good for you” food. Specifically, apples contain pectin (a fiber), that is a natural prebiotic.
What that means is that apples feed the good bacteria in your gut. Healthy gut flora means a more robust immune system. In fact, slow cooking the apples as done in this applesauce recipe, is a great way to get those gut-healthy effects that is often recommended as part of the BRAT diet.
Apples also contain vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. This makes them a great healthy snack to have around.
What Type of Apples to Use?
Great choices for these baked cinnamon apples include Fuji, Gala, Sweet Tango and Honeycrisp. These apples are naturally sweet on their own so you won’t need much sugar if any.
As a matter of fact, these baked paleo apples are refine sugar free too. Sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup for delicious flavor.
Is this Recipe Vegan?
While this recipe isn’t naturally vegan you can make a simple swap by replacing the butter with vegan butter or coconut oil. I really like the flavor of the apples with pasture raised butter.
Ideas to Enjoy Cinnamon Apples
There are so many ways to enjoy the deliciousness. Plain (as a snack), on top of a creamy bowl of almond porridge (for a healthy breakfast) or as a dessert with dairy free ice cream or coconut whipped cream.
- 5 apples
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp tapioca flour or arrowroot starch
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp butter
- Preheat oven at 350 F.
- Peel, core and thinly slice the apples.
- Grease a pie dish or baking dish (approximately 8x8 inch)
- Add the sliced apples.
- In a separate bowl, add maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, and tapioca flour. Mix the ingredients until well incorporated.
- Take the mixed ingredients and pour over the sliced apples, stirring and mixing to make sure the apples are coated. Mix them until all apples are covered.
- Bake the apples for about 25 to 30 mins, until the apples are soft and tender and caramelized.
- Serve warm with dairy-free ice-cream or coconut whipped cream.
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Original Date: November 26th, 2013 Updated: December 23, 2020, October 31, 2021