Roasted apples with cinnamon are a delicious, healthy dessert. They’re also super easy to make in no time at all!
Roasted apples with cinnamon are a delicious and simple healthy dessert, featuring crisp apples combined with the warm flavors of vanilla and cinnamon. Although this recipe features fall-themed ingredients, you can enjoy during any time of year!
Talk about easy: What really makes this recipe stand out is it comes together with only five ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time. Simply dice the apples, and combine them with cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and lemon juice. Then roast them in the oven until golden brown, and you have a delicious dessert that’s ready to serve.
The best way to enjoy roasted apples with cinnamon is as a dessert, but you can use them as a flavorful side dish and combine them with savory vegetables like sweet potatoes. They also make a great French toast topping!
- Apples: These are key ingredient, and you’ll need eight apples for this recipe. Before roasting them, you’ll remove their cores and dice them. The smaller you dice the apples, the crispier they will be after baking!
- Vanilla extract: This is one of my favorite ways to sweeten recipes, as it adds a new depth of warm and sweet flavor.
- Sugar: I used just a little bit of granulated sugar to bring extra sweetness to the dish. If you’re watching your sugar intake, you could reduce or eliminate this ingredient.
- Lemon juice: This ingredient has some acidity, which helps to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
- Cinnamon: Apples and cinnamon are the perfect pair! You’ll combine two teaspoons of cinnamon with the apples before roasting.
What you’ll need to make this recipe
- Apple corer: You’ll use this to remove the core from the apples before dicing them.
- Lemon juicer: This tool makes it so much easier to squeeze juice from lemons.
- Wooden spatula: This tool is helpful for tossing the apples with the spices and other ingredients. You’ll also use it to mix the apples around halfway through roasting to ensure they are evenly baked.
- Medium baking dish: You will place the apples with cinnamon in this dish prior to roasting them.
This roasted apples recipe is ready to eat in just three easy steps! Here’s an overview of how to make it:
- Preheat the oven: Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine apples with spices: While the oven is preheating, place the diced apples in a medium bowl and toss with vanilla, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Then, transfer to a medium-sized baking dish.
- Roast the apples: Place the baking dish in the oven, and bake the apples for about 45 minutes (give or take, depending on your oven!). Give them a toss halfway through baking to make sure that they brown on all sides.
Curious to know the nutritional benefits of roasted apples with cinnamon? Here’s the breakdown of what you’ll get per serving, including how much of the daily value (DV) you’ll get of each nutrient.
- Calories: 100
- Total fat: 0 grams (g) (0% DV)
- Saturated fat: 0 g (0% DV)
- Fiber: 4 g (14% DV)
- Protein: 0 g (0% DV)
- Carbs: 26 g (9% DV)
- Sodium: 0 mg (0% DV)
- Vitamin C: 7 mg (8% DV)
This roasted apples with cinnamon recipe is vegan as is. The ingredients are apples, cinnamon, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and sugar, which are all plant-based. The only thing you’ll need to watch out for is the granulated sugar. You’ll want to choose one, such as beet sugar, that is made without bone char. Some cane sugars fit this bill, as well, but you will need to read the product’s label.
When making roasted apples with cinnamon, it’s best to use apples that hold their shape and flavor even after being baked in the oven. Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Gravensteins, or Jonagolds are all great options—they are firm, crisp, and juicy, which will give you a great result!
Yes, you can reduce the sugar in this recipe. In fact, you can leave the added sugar out altogether. The apples are naturally sweet, so you’ll still be able to satisfy your sweet tooth if you reduce or omit the sugar.
You can replace the granulated sugar in this recipe with maple syrup or honey. However, this tweak will add more liquid to the final dish.
The best part about roasting apples is that you can adjust the spices to your liking. You can make them with cloves, nutmeg, sage, or rosemary—these are all warm and savory spices that complement the sweet flavors of apples very well. Apples also taste great with mint, garlic, or allspice. Feel free to mix thing up and experiment with your favorite spice combinations.
meals. You could even roast them along with vegetables like sweet potatoes or brussels sprouts, as they make for delicious flavor combinations. Another way to enjoy them is with breakfast. Use them as a topping for oatmeal, combine them with yogurt for a balanced morning meal, or enjoy them as a French toast or pancake topping.
I do not recommend freezing roasted apples, as they will lose their taste and texture. Instead, keep them in a sealed container in the fridge and enjoy them within three to four days.
This recipe is inherently plant based. If you’re pairing roasted apples with other foods, keep it vegan by serving the fruit with plant proteins such as baked tofu. When using them as a dessert, you can serve with a soy- or coconut-based ice cream or yogurt.
You can make roasted apples with cinnamon even more plant forward by baking them along with vegetables or serving with a side salad.
More healthy apple recipes
- Sweet Cranberry and Apple Lentils
- French Toast with Greek Yogurt and Apples
- Overnight Barley Breakfast Bowl with Maple and Chia Seeds
These roasted apples are so tasty and easy to make. This apples with cinnamon recipe is so versatile that you can make it your own depending on what you’re in the mood for. The possibilities are endless—serve roasted apples with cinnamon as a dessert, side dish, or even with breakfast. Keep the sweet level as is, or lower the amount of sugar. Give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think!
Simple Roasted Apples with Cinnamon Sugar
- 8 medium cored, diced apples, various types
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cane sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Toss apples with vanilla, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon; place in a medium-sized baking dish.
- Roast for 45 minutes; toss halfway through.
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