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Sliced baked apples with brown sugar

Sliced baked apples are a truly simple and delicious dessert or addition to drizzle over ice cream, on shortcake or to just snack on with less guilt. Make a big batch and feel good about enjoying a sweet treat.

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By this point I’m pretty sure you can’t do anything wrong with apples and cinnamon. Unless you’ve taken a look inside one of those dyed cans of apple pie filling from the grocery store and asked yourself what you’re actually eating.

You know what I mean– and this recipe just hits all the points of comforting, homemade flavors with virtually no work and no can of goo to dig in too.

Celebrate using any sweetener you choose, or reduce the sugar as low as you choose. You really can’t ruin these sliced baked apples.

What apple is best for sliced baked apples?

Granny Smith–the firm green ones–are my favorite for baking because they hold their shape and don’t release tons of liquid during cooking. You can’t go wrong with HoneyCrisp, Jonagold, Winesap or even Pink Lady apples too.

Macintosh is one to avoid unless you want to bake apples that are very soft. Their texture breaks down quickly and you’ll have applesauce.

Can I use old apple slices?

Baking is a great way to transform older, slightly dried apples into something delicious so feel free to use whatever you have on hand!

How to make sliced baked apples for diabetics or lower sugar

I don’t support the use of Splenda because of its damage to the gut, but this is one great recipe for using whatever calorie free sweetener you enjoy. Some other options you might like include:

  • Monkfruit (straight or with erythritol)
  • Stevia

These sweeteners are also good to use but will raise your blood sugar:

  • Agave
  • Maple Sugar
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup

I’d even argue that you could skip the sweetener entirely if you had a sweet apple. Baking condenses and concentrates the apple’s natural sugars so they are always sweeter when they come out than before they were baked.

Can these be baked in an air fryer?

Yes! Just cook them until they are hot, bubbling and cooked to your desired level of tenderness.

How to bake apple slices step by step

a bowl of sliced and peeled apples in a bowl
a bowl of apples with sugar on top
two hands mixing apple slices and sugar
a skillet of apple slices with butter on top

Topping ideas for sliced baked apples

My favorite way is with some homemade vanilla ice cream but you can try these ideas too:

skillet of sliced apples with ice cream and a spoon
a skillet of baked apple slices in a skillet with ice cream

Baked Apple Slices

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Rachel Ballard

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium apples granny smith, cortland, or golden delicious;
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar maple sugar or white sugar would substitute, See note 1
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar See note 1
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan, or cast iron skillet and set aside.
  • Peel, core and slice the apples in to 1/2" thick slices and add them to a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl mix together the sugars, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. Add to the apples and toss very well to coat all sides.
  • Transfer the apples to the baking dish and dot with the butter.
  • Bake 25 to 27 minutes until hot and bubbling. If you would like yours softer, bake an additional 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm with ice cream or by themselves.

Notes

Note 1: Sugars in this recipe can be substituted with an equal amount of honey. If you would like to use Stevia or Monkfruit that’s fine but you’ll need to add a little at at a time until you reach your desired level of sweetness. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 221mgPotassium: 217mgFiber: 5gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 275IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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Shirley Howard

Friday 29th of April 2022

Is that light or dark brown sugar?

Rachel Ballard

Sunday 1st of May 2022

Either one is fine Shirley.

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