Sautéed apples are the perfect fall dessert, and this delicious recipe, containing no added sugar, is also guilt-free!
I love apple desserts, and I especially enjoy making them in the fall, when summer fruits are gone. The amazing smell that fills your house as you make them is just as good as their wonderful flavor! 🍎
These delicious apples are sauteed in butter and flavored with cinnamon. They do not need any added sugar to taste great!
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this good-for-you dessert. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
Fresh apples: I like to use Fuji. See the discussion below about what apple varieties you can successfully use in this recipe.
Unsalted butter: I love using creamy European butter, but any butter will be great. Just make sure it’s unsalted.
Cinnamon: Make sure it’s fresh – a stale spice can easily ruin a dish. Speaking from experience!
Optional: Heavy cream and a bit of honey. Use them to make whipped cream for topping the apples. It’s a very nice addition, but the dessert is great without it too.
How to make sautéed apples
It’s so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
1. Your first step is to peel some apples, core them, then slice. Try to make the slices about the same thickness.
2. Next, sprinkle the slices with some ground cinnamon. As mentioned before, there’s no need for a sprinkling of sugar – the apples provide plenty of sweetness.
3. Then, cook the apple slices in butter. Make sure it’s unsalted – salted butter won’t work in this recipe.
4. If you’d like, you can then top the apples with some whipped cream. I usually don’t bother, as they are excellent all on their own.
What variety of apples to use?
I prefer to sautee Fuji apples because they are naturally sweet, which means I don’t need to add any sweetener. Honeycrisp is another good variety. If you use tart apples such as Granny Smith, you might want to drizzle the apples with a tablespoon of honey after they are cooked. Taste and decide for yourself.
Whipped cream is optional
The whipped cream is optional, but it does add wonderful flavor and creaminess. I don’t usually bother with it, but when I do, it does elevate this dessert into a whole new level!
You can use unsweetened whipped cream or minimally sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey or with some stevia.
More tasty apple recipes
Another apple recipe that I make often is this recipe for baked apple slices. It’s simpler than this one and not as rich, so I tend to serve it as a snack rather than as a dessert. It’s excellent with plain Greek yogurt.
And when you do want to make a dessert, you can’t go wrong with this delicious, low-sugar apple crisp! It’s truly wonderful ad also very easy to make.
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- 2 medium Fuji apples, 6 oz each whole, 4 oz peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons heavy cream, optional but really good
- 1 teaspoon honey for the whipped cream
- Peel the apples, core and slice. I simply cut each apple in half, then cut into quarters around the core and then slice.
- In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. When melted, swirl to coat the bottom of the skillet, then add the apple slices in a single layer. Sprinkle with the cinnamon. Cook 3-4 minutes, until golden-brown on the bottom. Flip to the other side and cook 2-3 more minutes, until golden-brown and fork-tender.
- While apples are cooking, use a hand-held electric whisk to whip the cream, if using, with the honey.
- Divide the sautéed apples between three individual dessert plates. Top with a dollop of whipped cream. Serve immediately.