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Healthy Baked Sliced Apples

Healthy sliced baked apple recipe is the perfect way to celebrate the fall season.

This recipe for healthy baked cinnamon apples is so easy to make, with no added sugar or sweeteners, paleo, vegan, gluten free, Whole30 and grain free! These healthy sliced baked apples are going to become your new family favorite!

Large white oval casserole dish filled with healthy baked sliced apples surrounded by a white napkin, pecans, apples and cinnamon sticks.

Why you will love this recipe year round

  • Made with just a handful of easy to find ingredients, these healthy baked apples are the perfect dessert or even breakfast item! They go great with ice cream, on top of oatmeal or even as a topping for pancakes!
  • You are not going to believe how easy it is to make delicious baked apple slices without sugar! The secret ingredient is ground cloves!
  • Versatile! Turn these healthy baked apples into dessert by serving with ice cream or whipped cream or into breakfast by serving with oatmeal, pancakes or waffles.
  • Your house is going to smell incredible as these are baking! Need to impress your guest? Make this ahead of time and let the warm cinnamon and apple combination welcome them into your home! These healthy baked apples also keep really well, so you can make them ahead of time and just reheat them in the oven for a few minutes.
Wooden spoon holding a spoonful of healthy baked sliced apples over an oval white casserole dish filled with baked apples.
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Ingredients

  • Apples – baking apples are the best for this since they hold up their shape when baked. The best baking apples include: fuji, pink lady, honeycrisp, granny smith apples.
  • Lemon – lemon juice helps to ensure the apples don’t brown and also helps to intensify the sweetness from the apples.
  • Cinnamon – cinnamon is the perfect pair with apples and helps make the entire dish more comforting.
  • Cloves – cloves are my secret weapon anytime I’m making anything with apples. They help make the apple seem sweeter than they are and help intesify the aroma when baking.
  • Arrowroot flour/tapioca powder/cornstarch – this is used to thicken the juices that come off the apples.
  • Large casserole dish
  • Optional: chopped pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds or other nut or seed you love for adding crunch to the dish.

How do you make healthy baked apples

Start by preheating the oven to 350F.

Peel the apples and slice them into about 1/8 inch thick pieces. Try to slice the apples into similar size pieces. Note: The thinner the apples are, the faster they will cook and caramelize. However, you don’t want to make them so thin that they fall apart.

Apples peeled then sliced thin on a wooden cutting board.

Next, add the lemon juice, cinnamon, ground cloves and arrowroot powder to the apples and make sure you stir this well to fully coat the apples.

Sliced apples with spices and arrowroot in bowl before and after stirring.

Transfer the apples to a baking dish and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove the apple slices from the oven and stir them in the casserole dish. Add optional chopped nuts or seeds to the top and return to the oven for 10 minutes at 350F.

Large white oval casserole dish filled with healthy baked sliced apples with a wooden spoon in the apples with apples in the background.

How to make healthy sliced apples in the crockpot (slow cooker)

  1. To make these healthy baked sliced apples in the crockpot, you will need to add 2 tablespoons of water to the apples to help them from sticking to the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Be sure to spray the crockpot with non-stick spray.
  3. Cook for 4-5 hours on the lowest setting.

Top tips

  • Be sure to use a baking apples for this recipe. Baking apples don’t fall apart when baking, so they will hold their shape when baking. You can combine different types of baking apples to make this healthy baked apple slice recipe though! I love to combine sweet with tart! See some recommendations below!
  • Don’t skip the cloves. They are the secret ingredient to creating the most decadent healthy baked apples without the need for any added sugar.
  • Also, be sure to add arrowroot flour/tapioca powder/cornstarch to make sure the juices that come off the apples create a heavenly sauce that coats the apples as they cook. You only need a tablespoon to do the trick for this recipe!
  • Give this recipe some crunch with chopped nuts or seeds. Add them during the last few minutes of baking to ensure they don’t’ burn!
Small white bowl filled with healthy baked sliced apples with a white napkin and cinnamon sticks and pecans around the bowl. In the background is the casserole dish with some of the apples removed

Topping ideas

These healthy baked apple slices are great as is, but you could also take them to the next level (especially for company) with these fun topping ideas:

Other ways to serve healthy baked apple slices

Instead of turning them into a dessert, you could also use these healthy baked apple slices as part of your breakfast or snack. Some ideas include:

  • Over oatmeal
  • On pancakes or waffles
  • On toast (with almond butter or tahini)
  • In yogurt parfaits (use cooled apples)

What are the best apples for baking

I like to use a combination of granny smith apples and fuji apples since they are easy to find in the store and I like the combination of a sweeter apples (fuji or honeycrisp) paired with something a little more tart (like granny smiths).

Here are some of my favorite apples for baking:

  • Honeycrisp – sweet and juicy.
  • Braeburn – very crisp and juicy.
  • Pink lady – a good all-around apple that is sweet and tart.
  • Granny smith apples – these are slightly tart apples but are wonderful for baking. I like to pair granny smith with sweeter apples to balance out the flavors.
  • Fuji apples – these are so easy to find in most grocery stores and are wonderful for baking. They really hold their shape well and are sweet but not too sweet.
  • Gala apples – these are often times on sale, especially in the fall months and are also great for baking.
Large white oval casserole dish filled with healthy baked sliced apples with a wooden spoon in the apples with apples and Bigelow tea bags in the background.

How to store healthy cooked apples

  • After baking, you can store these healthy cooked apples in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.
  • I would not recommend freezing any leftovers as the texture of the apples will change. If you have leftovers you need to freeze, blend them up into applesauce before freezing.
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Large white oval casserole dish filled with healthy baked sliced apples with a wooden spoon in the apples with apples in the background.

Healthy Baked Sliced Apples

This healthy baked sliced apple recipe is a simple fall dessert or part of your morning breakfast. These healthy sliced apples are baked in the oven with no added sugar and are so comforting and delicious. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free and paleo friendly dessert recipe.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked sliced apples, healthy baked apples, healthy sliced baked apples
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 6 servings

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Peel and slice the apples into uniform slices, about 1/8th of an inch
  • Add the apples to a large bowl. Squeeze the juice of a lemon over the apples. Add the cinnamon, cloves and arrowroot powder and stir well until all the apples are fully coated with the cinnamon/clove mixture.
  • Add the apples to a large casserole dish. 
  • Bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes. 
  • Take the apples out of the oven, stir with a spoon. Add the chopped nuts (or seeds). Bake for an additional 10 minutes. 

Notes

Make healthy sliced apples in the crockpot:
  • To make these healthy baked sliced apples in the crockpot, you will need to add 2 tablespoons of water to the apples to help them from sticking to the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Be sure to spray the crockpot with non-stick spray.
  • Cook for 4-5 hours on the lowest setting.
Here are some of my favorite apples for baking:
  • Honeycrisp – sweet and juicy.
  • Braeburn – very crisp and juicy.
  • Pink lady – a good all-around apple that is sweet and tart.
  • Granny smith apples – these are slightly tart apples but are wonderful for baking. I like to pair granny smith with sweeter apples to balance out the flavors.
  • Fuji apples – these are so easy to find in most grocery stores and are wonderful for baking. They really hold their shape well and are sweet but not too sweet.
  • Gala apples – these are often times on sale, especially in the fall months and are also great for baking.
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
159
Fat
 
3
g
Carbohydrates
 
35
g
Fiber
 
7
g
Sugar
 
24
g
Protein
 
1
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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Recipe Rating




Millican Pecan

Thursday 16th of April 2020

This is such a great recipe! So easy and delicious. My husband loves apple desserts, and there is no guilt making this one! Pecans are my favorite for most of the dessert recipes I've made. Thanks for sharing!

Millican Pecan

Thursday 16th of April 2020

I almost forgot! The crock pot version is wonderful!

Cher

Monday 19th of November 2018

This was the perfect dessert. I topped mine with granola for some added crunch!