Cinnamon Apples

THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS.

Sharing is caring!

Cinnamon apples are soft, sweet and delicious. Make them on the stovetop or bake them in the oven. They are a lovely snack, topping or dessert. They are also perfect for baby-led weaning.

A bowl of cooked cubed apples on a bench top next to a plate of cooked apple slices.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick: 15 minutes to cook
  • Versatile, use them as a snack, dessert, breakfast, topping or even as a finger food for babies.
  • Delicious, enjoyed by both the young and old.
  • Waste not want not: The perfect way to use up the not-so-perfect apples in your fridge or fruit bowl.


Ingredients you will need

  • Apples
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
Ramekins of vanilla extract, cinnamon, butter and three loose apples on a bench top with text overlay ingredient labels.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutes

  • Apples: You can of course use any apples, bruises etc are fine. An apple with a firm texture is better if you are planning to use these as a finger food. I like to use: Sweet apples such as; Pink Ladies, Sweet Tango, Eve, Ambrosia, Honey Crisp and Royal Gala as these sorts of apples hold their shape. Cooking apples such as Granny Smith or Fuji dissolve into almost a puree when cooked. So they are not the best type of apple to use if you are going to serve them as a finger food.
  • Butter: Coconut oil can be used as a dairy-free alternative. I, however, love the richness a little butter brings to these apples.
  • Vanilla extract: The vanilla extract is not essential and can be left out, although I like the flavor it adds to the cinnamon apples.
  • Cinnamon: Well they wouldn't be cinnamon apples if they were made without cinnamon!

How To Make This Recipe Suitable For Baby-Led-Weaning

  • Bigger is Better: If you are making these apples as a baby finger food then stick to large pieces. I have cut the apples into wedges but you can actually bake apple halves.
  • We love a big softie: Cook the apple until it is soft, ie the flesh needs to be finger squishable.
  • To Peel or Not To Peel: It is generally ok to leave the peel on large pieces of cooked apples, the peel can help your baby grip the apple, and a baby will typically suck/gum the soft apple away from the peel. If you are at all worried you can peel the apples.
A silicone baby plate with four slices of cooked apples and a dipping bowl of yogurt on a bench next to a plate of more apple slices.

Step-by-step instructions

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my Cinnamon Apples recipe, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

PREP

Core the apples and cut them to your preferred shape.

  • Cubed: Perfect for serving as a topping for yogurt, pancakes or oatmeal.
  • Wedges: Perfect for serving as a snack that can be held by little ones.
  • Halves: Great for serving as a dessert or for little ones to hold.

Stovetop Cinnamon Apples

Step one: Heat the butter in a skillet to medium/low heat.

Melted butter bubbling in the bottom of a stainless steel skillet.

Step two: Add the apples, and sauté until they have softened.

Cubes of apple with pink skins being cooked in butter on a stove top.

Step three: Add the vanilla extract and sprinkle on the cinnamon. Cook for a few more minutes, stirring to ensure the apples are all spiced.

Cubed pieces of cooked apples in a skillet sprinkled with cinnamon,.

Oven Baked Cinnamon Apples

Step one: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius, or 360 F.

Step two Melt the butter.

Step three: In a bowl large enough to hold the apple pieces, stir the melted butter, vanilla extract and cinnamon to combine. I do this with a whisk.

A mixing bowl with a cinnamon and butter mixture being combined with a whisk.

Step four: Add the apples to the cinnamon butter mixture, and toss until all the apples are spiced.

Slices of apple coated in cinnamon butter in a glass mixing bowl.

Step five: Spread the apple pieces out in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Bake in your preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the apples are tender.

Cinnamon coated apple slices on a lined baking tray ready to go into the oven.

Enjoy!


A bowl of cubed cooked cinnamon spiced apples being held above a marble bench top.


Tips & FAQs

Here is how you can make these cinnamon apples perfectly every time!

  • Allow your cooked apples to cool then enjoy them as a snack.
  • Use warm cinnamon apples as a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles or oatmeal.
  • Serve warm cinnamon apples with vanilla ice cream for a lovely dessert.
  • Use cooled cinnamon apples as a yummy topping for yogurt, cereal, overnight oats or bircher muesli.
  • To make your cinnamon apples even more decadent as a pancake topping, add a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • Store leftover cinnamon apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • Use them as the filling for the best apple crumble, apple crisp or apple pie.
A stack of pancakes topped with cubes of cooked apples and a drizzle of golden syrup.

A ramekin of yogurt topped with cooked apple pieces.
A bowl of cubed cooked cinnamon spiced apples being held above a marble bench top.

Cinnamon Apples

Soft, sweet and delicious these cinnamon apples are a lovely snack, topping or dessert. They are also perfect for baby-led weaning.
Print Pin Rate
Course: Sanck
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: cinnamon apples, baked cinnamon apples
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 50kcal

RATE THIS RECIPE

No ratings yet

Ingredients

  • 3 Apples Firm and Sweet
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Prep

  • Core the apples and cut to your preferred shape.
    Cubed: Perfect for serving as a topping for yogurt, pancakes or oatmeal.
    Wedges: Perfect for serving as a snack that can be held by little ones.

Stove Top Method

  • Heat the butter in a skillet to medium/low heat.
  • Add the apples, and sauté until they have softened.
  • Add the vanilla extract and sprinkle on the cinnamon. Cook for a few more minutes, stirring to ensure the apples are all spiced.

Oven Baked Method

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius, or 360 F.
  • Melt the butter.
  • In a bowl large enough to hold the apple pieces, combine the melted butter, vanilla extract and cinnamon. I do this with a whisk.
  • Add the apples to the cinnamon butter mixture, and toss until all the apples are spiced.
  • Spread the apple pieces out in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Bake in your preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the apples have softened,
  • Enjoy

Notes

  • Apples: You can of course use any apples, bruises etc are fine. An apple with a firm texture is better if you are planning to use these as a finger food. I like to use: Sweet apples such as; Pink Ladies, Sweet Tango, Eve, Ambrosia, Honey Crisp and Royal Gala as these sorts of apples hold their shape. Cooking apples such as Granny Smith or Fuji dissolve into almost a puree when cooked. So they are not the best type of apple to use if you are going to serve them as a finger food.
  • Butter: Coconut oil can be used as a dairy-free alternative. I, however, love the richness a little butter brings to these apples.
  • Vanilla extract: The vanilla extract is not essential and can be left out, although I like the flavor it adds to the cinnamon apples.
  • Cinnamon: Well they wouldn't be cinnamon apples if they were made without cinnamon!
  • Store leftover cinnamon apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  • Allow your cooked apples to cool then enjoy them as a snack.
  • Use warm cinnamon apples as a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles or oatmeal.
  • Serve warm cinnamon apples with vanilla ice cream for a lovely dessert.
  • Use cooled cinnamon apples as a yummy topping for yogurt, cereal, overnight oats or bircher muesli.
  • To make your cinnamon apples even more decadent as a pancake topping, add a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • Use them as the filling for the best apple crumble, apple crisp or apple pie.

BLW Tips

  • Bigger is Better: If you are making these apples as a baby finger food then stick to large pieces. I have cut the apples into wedges but you can actually bake apple halves.
  • We love a big softie: Cook the apple until it is soft, ie the flesh needs to be finger squishable.
  • To Peel or Not To Peel: It is generally ok to leave the peel on large pieces of cooked apples, the peel can help your baby grip the apple, and a baby will typically suck/gum the soft apple away from the peel. If you are at all worried you can peel the apples.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 0.3mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Sharing is caring!

Quick Start Guide To BLW

Baby led weaning doesn’t need to be complicated, grab my quick start guide to begin your little ones food journey.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.