Cinnamon Stewed Apples
By Danielle Shea-Tan, MS, CHHC
Functional Family Nutritionist
Warm and cozy stewed apples you can whip up while your coffee percolates. Serve on top of Warming Fruit and Seed Oatmeal or add toppings containing protein and healthy fats such as walnuts, almonds, shredded coconut and/or granola.
These stewed cinnamon apples are so versatile, you’ll wonder why you never tried making them before! You can eat these delicious apples alone, top them with ice cream for a healthy apple pie alternative, or add them to your granola or oatmeal. You’ll be happy to know that the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is backed by research, which shows that apples are an amazing source of antioxidants that protect our cells from oxidative stress associated with cardiovascular disease and cancer. Apples also contain fiber, including pectin, an insoluble fiber that binds to substances like cholesterol and helps your body to eliminate them. Danielle’s recipe adds cinnamon to your stewed apples to enhance their depth and sweetness without adding any sugar.
Cinnamon Stewed Apples
7 - 10 minutes
- 4 medium to large firm and sweet organic apples such as gala
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Filtered water (2 Tbs)
Optional ingredients for grown-ups: Walnut pieces, slivered almonds and/or granola
- Core apples. Slice into half moon segments approximately ¼” thick.
- In medium pan, toss apples with cinnamon. Add water to bottom of pan.
- Cover pan and cook on low to medium heat until apples are fork soft but not mushy, approximately 7-10 minutes. Gently move apples around during cooking.
If feeding a baby under 12 months of age using BLW, peel the apples that you will serve your little one.
For the ages
Your baby will enjoy the delicate sweetness of stewed apples and might even giggle at their slippery texture.
Serve apples room temperature in a tiny bowl. Let him eat as many as he desires. You can also offer help, if the apples slip from his grip.
Your baby will love the homemade applesauce made from pureeing these stewed apples, skins included!
Stewed apples, liquid from pan, filtered water or breast milk
Puree apples with your preferred liquid until desired consistency is met. Serve in a tiny bowl and use a tiny spoon to feed your baby. Let her eat as much as she desires.
Both you and your toddler will agree these stewed apples are a real treat!
Serve apples warm or room temperature in a happy bowl or a happy mat if serving alongside other foods such as Warming Seed and Fruit Oatmeal. Let your toddler eat these apples with his fingers or cut them up and offer him a toddler-sized spoon.
You’ll be surprised how much these apples taste like apple pie - only healthier!
Stewed apples, walnut pieces (optional), slivered almonds (optional), granola (optional)
Serve apples warm. Make it a Complete Meal: Serve on top of Warming Fruit and Seed Oatmeal or add toppings containing protein and healthy fats such as walnuts, almonds, shredded coconut and/or granola.
Danielle is passionate about helping families ditch processed foods and start making real, wholesome food that is both simple and delicious. She blows our minds with fascinating "nutritional nuggets" about foods and herbs. Danielle also recently wrote a book called "52 Small Changes for the Family," an inspiring guide that helps families make one small change each week to improve their overall happiness and health. You can learn more about Danielle at HealthyMamas.com.