Deliciously fragrant baked apple slices are one of my favorite afternoon snacks. I like to serve them with 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.
The ingredients you’ll need
There’s nothing sweeter than a short list of ingredients, don’t you agree? Well, for this easy recipe, you only need TWO ingredients: a Fuji apple and ground cinnamon. That’s it!
What apple variety to use?
I like to use Fuji apples for cooking. 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.
How to bake apple slices
It’s so easy. I included the detailed instructions below on the recipe card. But here’s what you need to do:
1. You start by cutting the apple into slices. How to do it? I first cut it in half. Then I cut each of the halves into four wedges, and discard the core. Here’s a good guide for how to cut an apple.
2. Next, sprinkle the slices with cinnamon and arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I don’t add any sugar!
3. The final step is to bake them until tender, about 10 minutes on each side at 400°F.
Should I add brown sugar?
I don’t add any sugar when I make this recipe. Fuji apples provide more than enough sweetness, in my opinion.
As long as you don’t use tart varieties such as Granny Smith, there’s truly no need for added sugar. Simply sprinkle the apple with cinnamon, then bake until tender.
How to serve baked apple slices?
They make a wonderful wholesome 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!
Can I keep the leftovers?
I don’t normally have leftovers when making this recipe. It’s very easy to polish it off. 🙂
But when I do, I find that they keep well in the fridge in a sealed container for 2-3 days. I simply reheat them in the microwave, covered, on 50% power.
More apple recipes that you might enjoy
If you do feel like making a sweeter, yet still wholesome, apple dessert, try this delicious paleo and (relatively) low carb apple crumble. And while this apple crisp contains oats, it is a far better version than most apple crisps.
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Baked Apple Slices
- 1 large Fuji apple, unpeeled
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the apple in half, then cut each half into four slices, discarding the core.
- Sprinkle the apple slices with cinnamon on both sides. Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake 10 minutes on each side, until golden-brown and tender.