Cinnamon Roasted Apples

Cinnamon Roasted Apples! This is an easy and healthy recipe for apples baked in the oven with cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar. Eat them for dessert, add them to your breakfast, or just straight from the pan! 

Cinnamon roasted apples in a large blue pottery bowl with silver spoon and a white tea towel

We’re just a few days away from the official first day of autumn, and I’m ready to hit the comfort food hard. I thought we could dip our toe into the flavours of fall with this incredibly easy recipe for Cinnamon Roasted Apples, but I must warn you, once these are behind us it’s a no-holds-barred onslaught of apple and pumpkin recipes coming atcha full speed.

So whyyyyyy are we kicking off with Cinnamon Roasted Apples? Well folks, they’re damn easy and damn delicious, two things you really can’t argue with. They take just a few minutes of prep work, a short stint in the oven, and what you’re left with at the end tastes like the inside of an apple pie, which I’m sure we can all agree is the best part.

Once you’ve got yourself a batch of roasted apples, you can do so many delicious things with them. For example:

  • Add as a topping for your oatmeal
  • Layer them into a fall-themed chia pudding parfait
  • Have warm or cold roasted apples with some yoghurt and granola for breafkast
  • Spoon warm roasted apples over a bowl of vanilla ice cream
  • Mix them into muffins

six red apples on a grey background

What goes into Cinnamon Roasted Apples?

  • Guess what? It starts with apples! Go for a crisp, fresh apple that holds its shape well when baked, like Jonagold or Granny Smith.
  • Cinnamon. Yes, this is an essential ingredient for cinnamon roasted apples.
  • Butter! Yes sir. The butter helps create a touch of that syrupy-ness you’d expect on the inside of an apple pie.
  • Brown sugar. We’re doing it! The sugar helps to draw out the sweetness in the apples.

cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar beside a bowl of peeled and chopped apples

How do you make roasted apples?

Suuuuuuper easy, friends.

First, you’re going to want to peel and chop your apples. There’s lots of great nutrients in apple peel so I’m normally loathe to take it away, but for uniform baking I really do recommend it here. But your roasted apples are your business, so if you want to keep the skins on then be my guest.

We’re going to line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and scatter the apples about. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon over top and give the apples a good toss to ensure they’re well coated. Then, scatter those butter cubes around and chuck the whole tray into the oven.

Bake for 10-ish minutes, give the apples a good stir, and then bake for another 5-10 minutes. The goal is apples that are soft and golden, but not at all mushy.

a tray of chopped apples sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar

Pro tips / recipe notes:

  • What are the best kind of apples to use for this recipe? Choose something that’s got a nice tart flavour and that holds its shape while baking. Granny Smith or Jonagold are good options.
  • Can I reduce the sugar in this recipe? If you want to. But there’s only a tiny bit in there to begin with, so I don’t really recommend it.
  • Can I replace the sugar with something else? Totally. You could use an equivalent amount of maple syrup instead.
  • Can I mix up the spices? Definitely! Cardamom, allspice, ginger and nutmeg all go great with apples – but a little goes a long way, so tread carefully.
  • Can I make this recipe vegan? If you use a vegan butter substitute or a plant-based oil instead of the butter then it’s vegan all the way.

A bowl of cinnamon roasted apples with cinnamon sticks and a red apple on a grey background

Hey Nutrition Lady, tell me about apples!

Does an Apple a day really keep the doctor away? Well, they’re definitely good for your heart! Apples boast well-documented cardiovascular benefits. These benefits are associated with the water-soluble fiber (pectin) content, and the polyphenol mixture in most apples. Both total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol are decreased through regular intake of apples.

Another health benefit of apple consumption is blood sugar regulation. This occurs in a number of ways, including reduction of glucose absorption, slowing down of carbohydrate digestion, stimulating the pancreas to produce more insulin, and stimulating insulin receptors so that more sugar flows out of our bloodstream and into our cells.

Apples also appear to have anti-cancer benefits when it comes to breast, colon, and lung cancer. Apples are a good source of fiber (both soluble in the form of pectin, and insoluble), and vitamin C. The nutrients in apples are concentrated in the skin, so buy organic, give them a good wash, and keep the skin on whenever possible.

a bowl of roasted apples with a silver spoon tucked in the side

Other delicious apple recipes you might enjoy:

Whole Wheat Muffins with Cinnamon Roasted Apples
Maple Apple Walnut Granola
Applesauce Snacking Cake
Whole Wheat Dutch Baby with Maple Roasted Apples

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Cinnamon Roasted Apples

Cinnamon Roasted Apples! This is an easy and healthy recipe for apples baked in the oven with cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar. Eat them for dessert, add them to your breakfast, or just straight from the pan!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apples
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 136 kcal
Author Katie Trant

Ingredients

  • 8 cups peeled and cored apples in about a 1 inch / 2.5cm dice
  • 2 Tbsp light brown Muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp cold butter cut into little cubes
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C / 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, tinfoil, or a silpat.

  2. In a large bowl, toss together apple chunks with the cinnamon and sugar until the apples are well coated. Scrape the contents of the bowl onto the prepared baking sheet so the apple bits are in a single layer. 

  3. Scatter the butter cubes around the tray.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the apples from the oven, stir, and replace to make for another 5-10 minutes, until the apples are soft and golden but not mushy.

  5. Enjoy warm, cold, or at room temperature!

Recipe Notes

  • Nutrition values are an estimate only
  • What are the best kind of apples to use for this recipe? Choose something that's got a nice tart flavour and that holds its shape while baking. Granny Smith or Jonagold are good options.
  • Can I reduce the sugar in this recipe? If you want to. But there's only a tiny bit in there to begin with, so I don't really recommend it.
  • Can I replace the sugar with something else? Totally. You could use an equivalent amount of maple syrup instead.
  • Can I mix up the spices? Definitely! Cardamom, allspice, ginger and nutmeg all go great with apples - but a little goes a long way, so tread carefully.
  • Can I make this recipe vegan? If you use a vegan butter substitute or a plant-based oil instead of the butter then it's vegan all the way.
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Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Roasted Apples
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Potassium 178mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 21g
Vitamin A 4.2%
Vitamin C 9.3%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This recipe was originally published October 4, 2012. It was retested, rephotographed, and updated on September 18, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Roasting apples like this is such a clever way to prepare them. I love the idea of having a bowl on hand to stir into my yoghurt in the morning. And I’m definitely looking forward to that muffin recipe!

  2. We so think alike! Not only did I do a fruity thing last post (with baklava ‘crumble’) but your recipe from last year – the pumpkin and black bean taquitos – has loud echoes (or maybe I’m doing the echoing!) of what I have just posted. So glad to have met you at FBC and had a chance to have a few good chats. Good luck with your studies and work. Stockholm is lucky to have you, Katie. Great blog, super recipes and screen-licking good images.

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