These deliciously fragrant baked apple slices are ready in just 30 minutes and contain no added sugar.
They're one of my favorite afternoon snacks. I like to serve them with some tangy, creamy Greek yogurt.
Apples are amazing. Biting into a crisp sweet apple is such a pleasure! Although when eaten raw, I'm one of those who like tart apples. Granny Smith is my favorite variety, but not for cooking! I actually like it raw. 🍏
Sliced raw apple is delicious, no doubt. But when you take those same apple slices, sprinkle them with cinnamon, and bake them, the crunchy, tart fruit transforms into a fragrant, sweet, delicious dessert.
There's nothing sweeter than a short ingredient list, don't you agree? Well, for this easy recipe, you'll only need three ingredients: a Fuji apple, some unsalted butter, and ground cinnamon. That's it!
Baking apple slices in the oven is so easy. In fact, this is one of my easiest recipes. I included the detailed instructions below in the recipe card. Here's an overview of the basic steps:
- You start by cutting the apple into slices. I simply cut it into quarters around the core, then slice the quarters. You can see exactly how I do it in the video below.
- Next, arrange the apple pieces in a parchment-lined square baking dish. Pour melted butter on top and use your hands to coat the apples with the butter.
- Sprinkle the apples with half the cinnamon. I don't add any sugar! I think it's unnecessary.
- The final step is to bake the apples until tender, about 10 minutes on each side in a 400°F oven. When you turn the slices, midway through baking, sprinkle them with the remaining cinnamon.
You can skip the butter if you wish. The butter does enhance the apple's flavor, but I find that the apple slices are delicious even without it. If you do use butter, make sure it's unsalted.
Frequently asked questions
I like to use Fuji apples. They are sweet, so they don't require an added sweetener. And they withstand baking well. Honeycrisp is another good variety.
While I do enjoy them raw, I find that Granny Smith apples are a bit too tart for a cooked apple recipe that has no added sugar. So I prefer not to use them in this recipe.
Whole apples take longer to be cooked through (30-40 minutes), but sliced apples are ready fast - all they need are 20 minutes in a 400°F oven.
I don't add any sugar when I make this recipe. Fuji apples provide more than enough sweetness, in my opinion. In fact, I find that fruit-based recipes rarely need added sugar. Fruits are very sweet!
As long as you don't use tart varieties such as Granny Smith, there's truly no need for added sugar. Simply sprinkle the apples with cinnamon, then bake them until tender.
There's no need to peel the apple - the skin softens nicely in the oven. However, if you wish, you can certainly peel it.
The best way to vary this recipe is to experiment with different apple varieties. In addition to Fuji and Honeycrisp, other varieties of crisp and sweet apples such as Evercrisp and Cosmic Crisp are also good in this recipe.
Another variation is to use Granny Smith apples, in which case you might consider drizzling the apple pieces with a bit of honey or maple syrup before placing them in the oven.
Baked apple slices make a wonderful homemade dessert. Or you can serve them with a cup of plain Greek yogurt for a filling snack.
My kids love having them with yogurt for their afternoon snack! They either dip the apples into the yogurt or mix them in.
They also make a great topping for pancakes such as these almond flour pancakes.
Leftovers keep well in the fridge in a sealed container for 3-4 days. I simply reheat them in the microwave, covered, on 50% power. They are also surprisingly good when eaten cold.
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Baked Apple Slices - No Added Sugar
- 1 large Fuji apple unpeeled
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon divided
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a square 8-inch rimmed baking sheet with high-heat-resistant parchment paper.
- Cut the apple into 12 ¼-inch slices, discarding the core, as shown in the video below.
- Place the apple slices in the prepared pan. Drizzle them with the melted butter and use your hands to coat them. Arrange them in the pan in a single layer.
- Sprinkle the tops of the slices with half the cinnamon. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Turn the apple pieces to the other side. Sprinkle them with the remaining cinnamon. Keep baking them until golden-brown and tender, about 10 more minutes. Drizzle with the pan juices and serve.