These Cinnamon Apples taste like a warm apple pie, but they come together in 15 minutes on the stovetop! These cinnamon apples recipe makes a perfect breakfast, pancake topper, snack, or light dessert. I am telling you when you make this, you will want this handy at all times. I do make a big batch when we go apple picking in September and its perfect for 3 to 4 months in the refrigerator.
Sautéed Cinnamon Apples: Ingredients & Substitutions.
Let’s start by chatting about the ingredients in these cinnamon apples! This recipe uses coconut oil or butter, cinnamon, a dash of salt, vanilla and a touch of maple syrup to create the tastiest little bits of apple bliss you’ve ever eaten! Here are a few possible substitutes that could be made in this recipe.
- Apple Variety. I recommend honey crisp, but any variety works beautifully in this recipe! Here are some suggestions:
- Golden delicious
- Honey Crisp (pictured in the post)
- Pink Lady
- Granny Smith
- Butter or ghee. You can also use coconut oil with delicious results! If you don’t have to make this dairy free, you can regular butter. Both taste amazing, just choose your favorite that complies with your dietary needs.
- Maple syrup. Honey is a great substitution, although I love the flavor of maple syrup in this recipe! You can also use granulated sugar, brown sugar, etc.
Cook apples in water
Start making these cinnamon apples by placing diced apples into a non-stick fry pan and add water. Cover and cook until the apples are slightly soft.
Add the rest of the ingredients
Add the maple syrup, vanilla, salt and cinnamon and stir until everything is evenly distributed. Cover and cook again, stirring occasionally.
Once the apples are soft, remove the lid and cook uncovered until all the ingredients caramelize onto the apples and they brown slightly.
Transfer to a dish and serve the cinnamon apples warm! We like to serve them as a side dish, but they can also be used as a topping to your favorite breakfast foods! Here are some serving suggestions:
- Mix into oats.
- Scoop on top of homemade waffles.
- Serve over a piece of warm French toast or crepes.
- Warm it up and add a scoop of your favorite ice cream.
Store leftover apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Or 3 to 4 months if you use the canning method on them.
- 6 apples about 3 cups, chopped
- 4 tbps water
- 2 tbps salted butter or coconut oil
- 2 tbps maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Cut apples into same-sized pieces (about ½-1” cubes).
- Put apples pieces into a skillet with 4 tbsp. water. Cover the pan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples become slightly soft, and water is absorbed.
- Add 2 tbsp. of butter to the skillet. Stir apples and butter together until all the apples are coated. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so, until the apples become soft (you may need to cover them for the last 2 minutes).
- Add Maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Stir until well mixed.
- Cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring every minute until the apples reach your desired softness!
- Remove from heat and serve!