The nights are starting to get a bit chilly and I know some of you are getting all the fall feels – am I right?! Bring on the flannel, pumpkin, cozy blankets, and of course, all things apples. These healthy baked cinnamon apples are the epitome of a tasty fall dessert.
Why is this treat perfect for fall (or really, anytime)?!
- You’ll use fresh apples to make it – and even better if you can get to an orchard to pick them yourself!
- This treat comes out of the oven piping hot, ready to warm you up on a chilly night.
- It’s got those aromatic fall spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg. Your house will smell amazing while it’s baking!
- It’s still relatively healthy. You’ll naturally sweeten this with just a couple tablespoons of pure maple syrup to help create that sweet cinnamon sauce mixed with the apples. But even though it tastes super indulgent, it still clocks in at just 139 calories per serving.
- It’s super easy to make – just slice your apples; toss it with the spices, lemon juice, cornstarch, maple syrup, and butter; then pop it in the oven.
Got dietary limitations?
The recipe as written does use a little butter, as it helps add flavor and richness. But if you have any dietary limitations – like you’re on a dairy free diet or you are vegan – you can easily swap the butter for coconut oil instead.
What type of apples should you use?
Honestly, you can use any type. I’ve made this with Gala, Pinata, and Zestar apples and all of them taste fabulous. I prefer apples like that which are a bit crisper, because I think the texture comes out better. But you can definitely use whatever you have on hand or whatever is available at your local farm or grocery store.
Want to pick apples for this recipe?
If you want to grab farm-fresh local apples to make these healthy baked cinnamon apples, try searching the Pick Your Own website. You’re sure to find some good spots wherever you live.
If you’re local to the Massachusetts area, you might enjoy checking out some of these local spots:
- Central MA: Tougas Farm (Northborough) – This is a great family-friendly farm that has plenty of picking as well as a playground and goats for the kiddos. It is a little pricey but you can definitely make a day out of it with the family, which is great.
- Southeastern MA: CN Smith Farm (East Bridgewater) – Great local farm with plenty of delicious picking.
- Northeastern MA: Smolak Farms (North Andover) – One of my favorite Massachusetts-based spots, as they have some great weekend fall festival events. There are also delicious cider donuts you can grab after picking apples.
- Western MA: Cold Spring Orchard (Belchertown) – This is a UMass Amherst owned orchard that’s used for research and education – but it’s also open to the public for picking. The best part about this orchard is that they have a ton of different varieties of apples throughout the fall season, so you may get to try some you’ve never had before.
Helpful tools for making these baked cinnamon apples
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You don’t need anything special to make this recipe – a simple peeler, a good knife, and any type of casserole dish will do.
For the casserole dish, I love my old school oval Pyrex one shown in these pics. I got it at a thrift store and it just reminds me of my mom and grandma cooking while I was a kid. There are a lot of other great options on Amazon too, though, like this reasonably priced one with a decorative design or this Le Creuset oval dish that comes in a variety of colors.
If you do a lot of baking with apples this time of year, you might also find it worthwhile to invest in a high quality apple peeler/corer/slicer. It makes everything go much quicker, from these cinnamon apples to your favorite apple pie recipe.
I hope you love these baked cinnamon apples as much as I do! Be sure to rate the recipe if you’ve tried it. (And if you’ve got extra fresh apples leftover, try them in this apple and mushroom turkey burger recipe!).
Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples
Looking for a tasty, nutritious dessert? Try these healthy baked cinnamon apples. Lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup and baked to tender perfection!
- 5 large apples, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 tbsp butter, melted (or coconut oil)
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, toss peeled sliced apples, melted butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch. Pour into a casserole dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove and stir everything, then place back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes, or until apples are tender. Enjoy as-is, over yogurt, or with a scoop of ice cream.
Nutrition analysis (per serving, assumes 6 servings):
139 calories, 2 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 14 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 24 g sugar, 0.5 g protein, Vitamin A: 3%, Vitamin C: 16%, Calcium: 2%, Iron: 2%