Warm, soft cinnamon baked apple slices with no added sugar. This healthy 3-ingredient recipe is so easy to make in the oven or crockpot. These healthy baked apples are perfect for serving with ice cream, on pancakes, or drizzled with almond butter for a snack!

Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices

When autumn arrives and the weather cools, nothing beats warm cinnamon apples. This easy baked apple recipe (though hardly a recipe!) is my definition of comfort throughout the fall and winter. These are the baked apple slices from my childhood. The exact recipe my mom used to make. These baked apples require just few simple ingredients that transform sweet, crisp apples into warm a gooey compote reminiscent of apple pie filling.

These three-ingredient baked apple slices can be made in the oven or in a slower cooker. Both methods work great and result in sweet, gooey apples. I highly recommend making a batch on the weekend so you can enjoy them throughout the week. This no-sugar-added recipe makes for great breakfast, snack or healthy dessert. I like eating these warm on top of Greek-style yogurt or on top of oatmeal with a spoonful of almond butter. If you want to take these baked apple slices more of a dessert route, try them with my sweet cashew cream or a scoop of your favorite ice cream.

Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples Ingredients

This healthy baked apple recipe requires only three ingredients, plus a splash of water. These baked apples have no added sugar. The sweetness comes from the natural sugars in the apples that concentrates as they cook. Here’s what you’ll need to make these healthy baked cinnamon apple slices.

  • Apples – using a variety of sweet baking apples such as Braeburn, Honey Crisp, Fuji, or Jonagold that hold up in the oven works best. But honestly, you can use any apples you have on hand.
  • Water – a touch of water helps prevent the apples from sticking to the pot and burning. This also helps create a the gooeyness, reminiscent of apple pie filling.
  • Lemon juice – the tart lemon juice provides a balance to the sweet apples.
  • Cinnamon – these aren’t cinnamon apples without the cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon has numerous health benefits but I actually prefer the taste Vietnamese cinnamon. It’s a little spicier and more flavorful. You could also switch things up by adding in nutmeg, cloves, allspice, cardamon, or a blend of these spices.
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HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CINNAMON APPLEs

Oven method

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place in a lidded baking dish or dutch oven. Add the water, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Toss together until apples are coated in the mixture. Place the lid on the dish or cover tightly with foil. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until apples are very tender. Let stand for 10 minutes then gently mix the apples, covering with the juice that has formed on the bottom.

Crockpot method

Cut into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place in the crockpot. Add the water, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Toss together until apples are coated in the mixture. Cover and let cook on low heat for 4 hours or high heat for 2 hours. Let stand for 10 minutes then gently mix the apples, covering with the juice that has formed on the bottom.

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NOURISHED BY NUTRITION FACTS:

Apple NUTRITION

Apples have a low glycemic index, meaning they won’t raise blood sugar levels as high as other simple carbohydrates. This is due to their high fiber content. Since most of the fiber in apples is found in the skin, I recommend keeping the skin on when eating apples or using them in recipes. Fiber is so important for digestion, blood sugar stabilization, and detoxification.

Apples are also a good source of vitamin C potassium and the antioxidants quercetin and catechin. Quercetin has an anti-inflammatory effect, whereas catechin has been shown to improve brain and muscle function. (1) (2) (3)

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Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices

Warm, soft cinnamon apple slices with no added sugar. This healthy 3-ingredient recipe is so easy to make in the oven or crockpot. These healthy baked apples are perfect for serving with ice cream, on pancakes, or drizzled with almond butter for a snack!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs apples (about 5 large or 10 small)

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

23 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

Oven method: Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place in a lidded baking dish or dutch oven. Add the water, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Toss together until apples are coated in the mixture.

Place the lid on the dish or cover tightly with foil. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until apples are very tender. Let stand for 10 minutes then gently mix the apples, covering with the juice that has formed on the bottom.

Enjoy warm or serve with ice cream, pancakes, yogurt, or a drizzle of almond butter. Store the baked apples in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days.

Crockpot method: Cut into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place in the crockpot. Add the water, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Toss together until apples are coated in the mixture.

Cover and let cook on low heat for 4 hours or high heat for 2 hours. Let stand for 10 minutes then gently mix the apples, covering with the juice that has formed on the bottom.

Enjoy warm or serve with ice cream, pancakes, yogurt, or a drizzle of almond butter. Store the baked apples in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days.

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