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Cinnamon Skillet Apples | Oil-Free | Sugar-Free

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These Cinnamon Skillet Apples taste like a warm apple pie right out of the oven. This recipe is 100% guilt-free, oil-free, vegan, no added sugar, and is a perfect addition to your morning porridge, a mid-afternoon snack, or dessert after dinner. If you find yourself with an abundance of delicious organic apples, I highly recommend taking a peek at this recipe.

There are so many beautiful ways to enjoy this recipe. You can keep a container of these in the fridge to use throughout the week, plus you can pack some away in the freezer for a future date. I always keep a container of mini raw vegan, gluten-free pie crusts in the freezer. For a quick dessert, you could pop one out, add a heaping scoop of these apples in the crust, and bake until warmed through.

Endless Ways to Enjoy Cinnamon Skillet Apples

A Few GuidanceTips

  • Make sure all the apple pieces are uniform in size to ensure that they cook evenly.
  • Apples with a firm texture not only taste better, but they also maintain their shape. I recommend Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Fuji, Braeburn, and Pink Lady apples. Do not use mealy apples; you will be disappointed in the mouthfeel.
  • Before making this recipe, taste your apples, making sure they are sweet.
  • Keep the temperature low during the cooking process. Higher heat won’t cook them any quicker; they will just stick, burn, and turn into a mess.
  • While the apples are cooking, taste test them along the way. Check for doneness (stop before they turn mushy), test for sweetness (add stevia or maple syrup if needed–just a tiny bit), and test for seasoning (add more if you like a more robust taste).

Make Every Bite Count

  • Use organic apples.   The USDA Pesticide Data Program found 47 pesticide residues on conventionally grown apples, including 6 known or probable carcinogens, 16 suspected hormone disrupters, 5 neurotoxins, 6 developmental or reproductive toxins, and 11 honeybee toxins. (1)
  • Keep the organic apple skins on for added fiber and nutrients.
  • If you feel the need to add sugar, keep it minimal.  Apples contain a lot of natural sweetness, and the cooking process helps to draw that out.  The sea salt also enhances the sweetness.

Ingredients

Yields 4 cups

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups diced organic apples
  • 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Apple Pie Spice Mix
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preparation

  1. Thoroughly wash and dry the apples.
  2. Dice the apples into small, bite-sized, fairly uniform pieces, about 1/4 inch thick. Throw the cores in the compost bin.
    • The larger the chunks, the longer they will take to cook.
  3. Place the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium-low heat.
  4. Add the water, apples, and spices. Stir well, to evenly distribute the spices.
  5. Gently stir the apples every so often, so they don’t stick.
    • If the water evaporates, add a little bit more, but also turn the heat down a notch.
  6. Store leftover apples in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and up to 3 months in the freezer. Make sure to store them in airtight containers to protect them from drying out, taking on odors, or getting freezer burn.

4 thoughts on “Cinnamon Skillet Apples | Oil-Free | Sugar-Free

  1. Kathi says:

    Is that an induction stovetop you are cooking your apples on? I have been researching some lately…can’t decide..most of them are noisy I think.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Kathi,

      To answer your question, yes. We have an induction stove in the house kitchen but out in my studio kitchen, I use a portable induction burner that I got from IKEA (of all places haha) I really enjoy cooking on it but it does make a little noise. Our house stove/oven that is induction isn’t noisy. I hope that answered your question. If you have more, please feel free to ask. blessings, amie sue

  2. Kathi says:

    Thanks for replying. I’ve been thinking for awhile now about what brand of portable induction unit to try out….just curious I guess. It’s good to hear your opinion……..on a side note I have been exploring waffle recipes just for something different recently that don’t use all the regular ingredients like wheat flour, baking powder etc. so when I saw your recipes I was ecstatic. I will try one of the recipes today.

    • amie-sue says:

      You bet Kathi,

      My one suggestion I might add if you want to test a portable unit out is to buy one that can be returned if you don’t like it. That way you can test it out without the stress of possibly wasting money if you don’t like it.

      Waffles, I just love waffles. haha Like you, I had to create a recipe that includes the standard ingredients. I am not cooking with oils as well so my most of these recipes won’t include those. Like any recipe, they can be altered to fit your needs. My main focus with all these recipes right now was to make them with simple ingredients that are nutrient-dense but also easy on the budget.

      Please keep me posted on any of the recipes you try. blessings and health, amie sue

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