There’s a hint of coolness in the air, the leaves are turning beautiful hues of gold and everything seems to be available in pumpkin spice latte flavor. That can only mean one thing — fall is here! If you’re looking for a seasonal, healthy snack to nibble on while you snuggle up in a fluffy sweater with your favorite hot drink, you’ve got to try these amazing sautéed cinnamon apples.
As sweet as can be
Apples are pretty sweet to eat on their own. But when you cook them over a gentle heat in a skillet, all the natural sugars are released and they become even sweeter. Add a touch of maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla into the mix and you’ve got an incredible treat that tastes like an indulgent dessert, but with a fraction of the calories!
There are just over 600 calories in this entire recipe. That means a generous serving size comes in at around 150-200 calories. Not bad for a snack that tastes just as rich and delicious as apple pie filling.
While these healthy sautéed cinnamon apples taste as good as apple pie, they’re much more nutritious and wholesome.
Apples are rich in fiber, a great source of vitamin C and can help control blood sugar by having a low GI score. Coconut oil is just as beneficial for your health. It raises good cholesterol levels, may boost heart health and can encourage your body to burn extra fat. Add into the mix cinnamon which is loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to reduce the risk of heart disease and you’ve got a fantastic snack that’s great for you.
Can you soften apples in the microwave?
Yes, you can soften apples in the microwave. To make healthy cinnamon apples this way, place the apple cubes into a microwave-safe container and cook in the microwave for 30 seconds. Pour over the maple syrup, coconut oil and cinnamon then stir to coat. Heat the mixture back up in the microwave until hot, about another minute.
While you can make cinnamon apples in the microwave, I much prefer to do it on the stove. It only takes a few minutes more and you have so much more control over the cooking process. When you soften apples in the microwave, you run the risk of the cinnamon burning and all the ingredients not being evenly distributed. But this doesn’t happen when you cook them in a skillet.
More fruity recipes you’ll love
If these sautéed cinnamon apples have got you craving more fruity treats, here are some recipes you’ll love. This vegan strawberry crumble is brimming with a juicy strawberry filling and topped with a golden brown oaty crumble. For another fruity fix, try a slice of this cranberry walnut bread. The loaf is loaded up with candy-like dried cranberries and the lemon zest sprinkled on top provides the perfect zing to cut through the sweetness.
Amazing Sautéed Cinnamon Apples Recipe
- 3 apples
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Chop the apples into equal, bite-sized pieces (around ½-1” cubes).
- Add coconut oil into a skillet over a medium-low heat. Tip the apple cubes into the skillet and stir so they’re evenly coated with oil.
- Cook the apples for 5 minutes, stirring every minute, until they soften. You might need to place a lid on the skillet to help steam the apples for the final 2 minutes.
- Stir in the maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Cook for a final 5 minutes, stirring every minute until the apples reach your desired softness.
- Remove the skillet from the heat, scoop the apples into a bowl and serve immediately while hot.