warm spiced cinnamon apples in a bowl with non-dairy vanilla ice cream

4.8 from 5 reviews

Skillet Cinnamon Apples features warm, soft, apples wrapped in cinnamon galore! Healthy and easy to make, this spiced apples recipe is delicious as is or served with ice cream, pancakes, or waffles.


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  • 4 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter or coconut oil or 1/4 water (for water saute)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (pure cane, coconut, brown, date, or sugar-free monk fruit)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1/2 cup cold water or apple juice/cider

Optional add-ins:

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


Saute: Heat butter or oil, over medium heat, add apple slices and saute for 6 minutes.

Cornstarch mix: Mix the cold water and cornstarch, set aside.

Add spices: To the apples, add the sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and water mixture, and stir to combine. Continue cooking at a gentle boil for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are fork tender. Let cool a few minutes before serving.

Serve: Pair with non-dairy ice cream or serve topped on cinnamon oatmeal, waffles, french toast or pancakes. Or simply enjoy as is!

Store: Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container for up to 5 – 6 days. You can also freeze for up to 2 months.

Serves 4 – 6


Use your favorite apples. I love a mix of sweet and tart, so I used 2 Granny Smiths and 2 Fuji apples. Feel free to use all one color. If using all Granny Smiths, you may consider adding 1 more tablespoon of sugar.

You can also substitute sugar for 3 – 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup.

If you don’t have arrowroot or cornstarch on hand, you can still prepare these apples by omitting them. It just will not have the syrup, but will still be delicious!