Simple Baked Apples Recipe (2024)

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Sometimes, the simple recipes are the ones you turn to time and time again. This recipe for Simple Baked Apples spiked with cinnamon is perfect for fall when it’s apple season and is one my whole family adores.

Simple Baked Apples Recipe (1)Today’s recipe is one of those recipes I have made over and over again, yet never really gave it a thought to put it on the blog. It’s baked apples. Nothing special about simple baked apples, right?

Wrong!Simple Baked Apples Recipe (2)These healthy baked apples just happen to be one of my kids’ very favorite side dishes. So what if it’s really simple? It’s healthy, tasty, and a perfect way to round out any meal, especially in the fall months.

I’m always looking for fun ways to use in-season produce. I really think I need to try these Smoked Apples…how creative! It does use brown sugar, but you could probably substitute coconut sugar or pure maple syrup to keep it refined sugar free.

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But today, we’re sticking with simple. Simple is good when you have kids, am I right? These baked apples are the ultimate simple recipe.

If you have kids who don’t like fruit (I guess they exist, but I wouldn’t know since my kids are fruit monsters), try these simple baked apples. Sometimes just serving something in a different way will do the trick. These warm, cinnamon-spiked apples taste like dessert, but have no added sugar!

Simple Baked Apples Recipe (4)I first started making these simple baked apples when Luke was just starting to eat table food. He refused purees pretty quickly, so I had to turn to foods that were soft and he could pick up. So I started making these baked apples in wedge shapes, because that’s a good shape for little hands. These are great for anyone doing baby-led weaning.

Now days I tend to cut the apples into smaller chunks because they are easier to pick up with forks. You can also make these into baked apple slices. Whether you do slices, chunks, or wedges, I know these are going to bit a huge hit with your whole family!

Recipe Ingredients–What You Need

The best part about this recipe is it uses simple ingredients you probably keep on hand!

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  • 5-6 medium apples

Any kind of apples work here, but I like to use a variety of tart and sweet for the best balance of flavor. Ideas for the best apples would be a mix of granny smith, pink lady, gala, fuji, or honeycrisp.

  • 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil

I prefer the flavor with butter, and if you use grass-fed butter, it’s got a lot of essential nutrients. Coconut oil also works well if you need this to be vegan or dairy-free.

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Just 1 teaspoon of cinnamon is enough for my family, but you can always add more for a stronger flavor. Cinnamon adds anti-inflammatory properties and also helps keep your blood sugar balanced.

How to Make Simple and Healthy Baked Apples

You’re going to love this easy baked apples recipe. It really couldn’t be any more simple!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the apples in a small to medium baking dish. Mix the melted butter or coconut oil and cinnamon together and then dump it on the apples. Toss well to coat all the apples evenly with the cinnamon mixture.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the apples are soft, about 20-30 minutes. Stir once during the baking time. Enjoy!

If you are looking for a healthy, easy, and family-friendly side dish, you found it! These cinnamon apples are such an easy recipe and a great way to use your apples when you go apple picking in the fall! Save this recipe for when that happens, but really, I make this all year long!

As much as I love this recipe as a super easy and delicious side dish, you could make this a healthier, gluten-free version of apple pie for a delicious treat. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a bowl of baked apples and there you go!

You should also know that leftover apples are perfect as a snack eaten cold–it’s one of my favorite things! Works well to add to your kids’ lunch boxes.

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Keep scrolling if you want more healthy recipe ideas as I’ve added a lot of ideas after the recipe card. Enjoy!


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  • Author: Happy Healthy Mama
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan
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This recipe for Simple Baked Apples makes a family-friendly side dish that is easy and everyone loves. No added sugar!



  • 56 medium apples, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the apples in a small to medium baking dish. Mix the melted butter or coconut oil and cinnamon together and then dump it on the apples. Toss well to coat all the apples evenly with the cinnamon mixture.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the apples are soft, about 20-30 minutes. Stir once during the baking time. Enjoy!


*All of the sugar listed in the nutrition facts is naturally occurring sugar from the apples. There is 0 added sugar in this recipe.

  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Recipes
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 170
  • Sugar: 23
  • Fat: 3.8
  • Carbohydrates: 31
  • Fiber: 5.5
  • Protein: .5

This post was originally published in 2014. A new video was added in 2019 and more post updates were added in 2022.

Aren’t fall recipes the best? If you aren’t sure which dinners to serve these Simple Baked Apples with, I have some ideas for you! Here are some great main course ideas that these warm, comforting apples will be the best side dish with!

Main Courses that Pair Well with Baked Apples

Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

This one is perfect for an entirely kid-friendly meal!

Chicken Breasts made with the best chicken marinade (healthy)

These apples go with all kinds of chicken recipes, and this is an easy favorite!

Butternut Squash Kale Lasagna

The flavors of baked apples pair so well with this delicious vegetarian lasagna recipe.

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

These stuffed chicken breasts seem fancy, but they’re deceptive. It’s one of the easiest chicken recipes and goes so well with the baked apples!

Air Fryer Tilapia Recipe

These healthy baked apple slices pair so well with fish, too! This pairing makes for a SUPER quick and easy dinner!

Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets

This air-fryer recipe is actually gluten-free, too. These cutlets became another family favorite and again, chicken and apples work so well together!

Baked Bone-In Chicken Breasts

If you want your whole dinner baked in the oven, then go for these Baked Bone-In Chicken Breasts to pair with the tasty apples.

Want more healthy apple recipes? Here are some we love!

Recipes With Apples

Whether you are looking for apple desserts, snacks or breakfast with apples, I have a way for you to use them next time!

Healthy Apple Crisp

Instant Pot Apple Sauce

The Ultimate Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups

Simple Baked Apples Recipe (2024)


How long do apples need to bake in the oven? ›

In an oven preheated to 350 degrees F, the apples should be perfectly baked after 40-45 minutes (20 minutes covered with foil, 20-25 minutes uncovered).

What are the top 5 apples for baking? ›

For the best pies, crisps, and other baked treats, apples need to be firm enough to hold their own during the cooking process. We call these apples “baking apples” and to namedrop, they include Braeburn, Cortland, Honey Gold, Jonathan, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Haralson, and Newtown Pippin.

Will apples soften in the oven? ›

Cooked apples can be whole, chopped, or sliced. You'll need an oven set to 375°F. Sliced apples take about 25-30 minutes to get soft and tender in the oven.

Should you soak apples before baking? ›

Some experts will tell you to par-cook apples before filling a pie by pouring boiling water over cut apples and soaking them for 10 minutes. Others say to roast them to reduce water content. Still, others say to let cut apples sit for 30-40 minutes to drain natural juices.

Which apple is the most delicious? ›

Honeycrisp, Jazz, Fuji: These are the 10 best-rated apple varieties in the world
  • ​Honeycrisp​ ...
  • ​Mila Zagoras Piliou​ ...
  • ​Firiki Piliou​ ...
  • ​Maçã Bravo de Esmolfe​ ...
  • ​Fuji Apples​ ...
  • ​Granny Smith Apples​ ...
  • ​McIntosh Apples​ ...
  • ​Idared Apples​
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What apples make the best applesauce? ›

The best apples for applesauce are whatever apples you have on hand and need to use up. However, if you have a choice, we recommend using a combination of sweet and tangy varieties for the best flavor. Popular sweet varieties include Honeycrisp and Fuji, while popular tangy varieties include Granny Smith and Braeburn.

Can you use old apples for baking? ›

Apples that are past their prime might not be great for biting into as an afternoon snack or for a recipe with visible apple slices, but they've still got plenty of flavor. Older apples are great for baking (especially if they're one of the varieties best for baking).

What is the difference between cooking apples and baking apples? ›

Baking apples are typically varieties that hold their shape well when cooked and have a firm texture, such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn. Eating apples, on the other hand, are varieties that are meant to be eaten raw and have a softer texture, such as Red Delicious or Fuji.

What apples make the best pie? ›

The best apples for making apple pie
  • Crispin (Mutsu). ...
  • Golden Delicious. ...
  • Granny Smith. ...
  • Honeycrisp. ...
  • Jonagold or Jonathan. ...
  • Northern Spy. ...
  • Pink Lady. This super crisp apple certainly is sturdy enough to hold its shape when baked. ...
  • Winesap. This heirloom cultivar is said to have been around for centuries.
Oct 8, 2021

What is the difference between baking apples and regular apples? ›

While many apples are great eaten raw and used in a pie, many varieties lean toward one extreme or the other. In general, eating apples tend to be softer in texture and sweeter, while baking apples tend more toward firm, crisp, and tart.

Why are my baked apples mushy? ›

Picking the wrong apples

Softer apples like Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, or Macintosh break down too much in the heat of the oven, basically turning into applesauce. So avoid those, and opt for a variety that's firm and crisp like Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, or Honeycrisp.

What do you soak apples in before baking? ›

To use this method to prevent apples from turning brown, create a water bath for your apple slices with a ratio of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of water. Soak the apple slices for 3 to 5 minutes, then drain and rinse them. This simple step should keep your apples from browning for several hours.

What apples don't get mushy when cooked? ›

Braeburn. This superbly crisp apple has a concentrated taste and bakes up juicy but not mushy. They'll do well under heaps of streusel in this yeasted apple coffee cake, using an intense flavor to stand up to a boatload of cinnamon.

What temperature do apples need? ›

Generally, apples grown with low (40 to 60°F) night-time temperatures have better red color, firmer flesh, better storage characteristics, and better flavor than fruit grown in warmer regions.

What temperature do you dry apples at? ›

Drying (dehydrator)
  1. Set initial temperature to 145°F when there is surface moisture on the fruit.
  2. After one hour, reduce temperature to 135 to 140°F to finish drying the slices.
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How long to heat a cooked apple pie in the oven? ›

Heating Fully Baked Pies:

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Put the pie, turnovers, or pastry on a cookie sheet on foil or parchment, and lightly cover with foil. For a 9-inch pie, heat for 15-20 minutes. A 5-inch pie will take about 12-15 minutes and turnovers will take about 10-12 minutes.


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