A few weeks ago, a friend at school was warming up part of her lunch, and pretty soon the whole teacher’s room smelled like delicious cinnamon and apples! Her son made this healthy dessert for their family, and she was fortunate enough to have leftovers to bring to school and waft under our noses!
I asked for her recipe so I could try it out on my husband. I don’t usually make desserts specifically for dinner, but I was so anxious to try these apples, that I made an exception.
It was so simple, really. Just slice some apples, whisk some apple juice with cinnamon and corn starch, and bake it. Literally. That’s it!
Our kitchen smelled amazing! It smelled just like a freshly baked apple pie!
Here is the best part of this whole dessert: there is no added sugar! All of the sweetness comes from the natural sugars in the apples and apple juice. Plus, cinnamon has a number of health benefits, including lowering blood sugar and promoting heart health.
I found 8 ounce bottles of apple juice at the grocery store. So rather than buying a large bottle of apple juice and not drinking the whole thing, I just use one small bottle per apple bake, and nothing goes to waste!
To add a little bit of crunch to this recipe, sprinkle some granola on top. I have never made granola from scratch, but if you do, that is fantastic and would be great on this apple bake! I just found some honey and oats granola from Aldi and used that.
For us, it made about 3 servings, but it probably could have easily been finished in 2 servings.
If you want to double this recipe, just know that it is going to take longer to bake. I tried to double the batch when my parents came up for dinner, but I did not bake it long enough, so the apples weren’t as soft as I would have liked. If I had time, I would’ve baked them longer to figure out how long they should actually bake, but I only had about 5 extra minutes, and that wasn’t enough!
I was very thankful my friend shared this recipe with me! I tweaked a few of the ratios a little bit, and I am sharing the finished product with you today!
If you are looking for a sweet treat that is not full of added sugar, I encourage you to try this recipe! If you do try it, I would love to hear your thoughts on it! You can also post a picture on Instagram or Twitter and tag @ruralhighness in your post! Enjoy not feeling guilty about eating dessert!
- 2 cups apples, unpeeled, thinly sliced
- 1 cup apple juice
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 tsp corn starch
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Thinly slice apples and place in 8x8 glass baking dish.
- Whisk together apple juice, cinnamon, and cornstarch.
- Pour apple juice mixture over apples.
- Stir and bake for 15 minutes.
- Stir again.
- Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
- Serve warm, topped with granola.