Make these Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples when you need an easy fall dessert. Apple slices are tossed in a cinnamon and coconut sugar coating, then baked until sweet and tender. It’s a one-dish dessert to enjoy throughout the holidays!
Inspired by Yankee Candle New Fragrance Red Apple Wreath from the NEW Snow Globe Wonderland Collection. I love how my candle set the mood while I spend time in the kitchen baking for the holidays.
This healthy fall dessert features sliced apples coated in a sweet and warmly spiced coconut sugar coating. The handful of ingredients is tossed together in a baking dish, baked until warm and tender, then served with vanilla ice cream on top.
It’s quick, easy, and packed with all of the comfort and warmth you desire during the fall and holiday seasons. The best part is, as it bakes, the dessert will fill your home with warm cinnamon goodness!
do you have a favorite season to bake?
While I enjoy baking all year round, Fall and Winter are my favorites. The holiday season is the perfect time to bake and share your kitchen's delight with friends and family.
When I bake I always have my Yankee Candle burning in the background, setting the mood and making the moment that much more special. This season I am loving the Red Apple Wreath's warm colors and comforting apple scent, which is perfect paired with my baked cinnamon apples.
The apple bake recipe is great to bring to your next dinner party. Pair with Yankee Candle Red Apple Wreath for a joyful hostess gift.
Are apples with cinnamon good for you?
Yes, these cinnamon baked apples are healthier than more traditional recipes. Apples are a wonderful source of fiber, antioxidants, and flavonoids, which can lower your risk of stroke.
Before baking, the apple slices are coated in a mix of natural sweeteners, including coconut sugar and maple syrup. Both aren’t as processed as white sugar and have a lower glycemic index, which means they still contain some nutritional benefits and can reduce your risk of diabetes.
Ingredients and substitutions
You’ll find a handful of ingredients in this recipe that result in a sweet, tart, and warmly spiced dessert, including:
- Apples - The best apples when making healthy baked apples are McIntosh, Granny Smith, and Honey Crisp. Use only one variety or a mix of the three! Make sure to peel them before you start baking.
- Lemon juice - A splash of fresh, acidic lemon juice will cut through the tartness of the apples and sweetness from the sugar.
- Coconut sugar - Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener that’s slightly healthier than regular white or brown sugar. This is because it contains minerals, fiber, and has, according to a study found in the National Library of Medicine, “a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar.” If you don’t have coconut sugar, replace it with brown sugar or more maple syrup.
- Warm spices - Ground cinnamon, fresh ginger, and cloves give this healthy fall dessert its warm and comforting flavors. If you don’t have fresh ginger, use 1 teaspoon of ground ginger instead.
- Maple syrup - For added sweetness and warmth.
How to make healthy baked cinnamon apples
Healthy baked apples make for a quick and easy dessert you can bake while enjoying your holiday dinner. Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Peel, core, and slice the apples. Place them in a baking dish.
Step 2: Stir the lemon juice, coconut sugar, cinnamon, ginger slices, cloves, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in with the sliced apples.
Step 3: Top the apple mixture with the cubed butter and a pinch of salt. Place it in the oven and bake until the apples are golden brown and bubbly.
Step 4: Once they’re done baking, let the baked apples cool for 5 minutes. Afterward, scoop into bowls and serve with a scoop of dairy free vanilla ice cream and fresh thyme on top. Enjoy!
I like to top each serving with fresh thyme for an herbaceous, earthy finish, but you don’t have to do the same. Instead, add a drizzle of maple syrup, caramel sauce, salted caramel pumpkin seeds, or crushed nuts.
You can customize this healthy dessert in a few different ways, including:
- If it isn’t thick enough - Stir 1 to 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or arrowroot in with the apples before baking.
- Mix up the spices - Use the fall spices of your choice or add more to the dessert, like a pinch of nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or allspice.
- Dairy free baked apples - To make this recipe vegan, replace the regular butter with unsalted vegan butter and serve the apples with dairy free vanilla ice cream.
- Use the leftovers - As a topping on waffles or pancakes for breakfast the next day!
How long do baked cinnamon apples last?
While the apples are best enjoyed as soon as they come out of the oven, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
To reheat, transfer them back into a baking dish and heat in a 350ºF oven until warmed through.
Looking for more healthy desserts?
- Chocolate Bliss Balls
- Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes
- Almond Butter Stuffed Dates
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
- Maple Caramelized Figs
Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples
- 6 apples (see varieties recommended in notes)
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter cubed
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- 3 thin slices fresh ginger
- 4 cloves
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch sea salt
- fresh thyme
- dairy-free ice vanilla cream
- Peel, core and slice apples and transfer to a baking dish
- Add lemon juice, coconut sugar, cinnamon, ginger slices, cloves, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix well to combine.
- Top apple mixture with cubed butter and add a pinch of sea salt.
- Bake at 375F degrees for 40 minutes or until apples are golden brown and bubbly.
- Remove from oven and let it stand for 5 minutes. Serve with ice cream and fresh thyme.