These simple honey cinnamon apples come together quickly and are sure to be a sweet hit on the breakfast or dessert table!
I love simple, wholesome ingredients. I also love meals that come together quickly without much fuss. The latter is especially important on mornings where the girls wake up starving, asking for food the moment they get out of bed. These simple warm honey cinnamon apples fit the bill!
The second the girls see me pull out apples on the counter, they know they are in for a treat!
Warm honey cinnamon apples are a delicious accompaniment to just about any kind of breakfast food (I’d even venture to serve them as dessert or a thanksgiving side dish too). Our go to’s for using these apples as mix ins or sides are: pancakes, oatmeal (my favorite), french toast or toast and eggs with sausage, even yogurt!
What inspired this recipe?
After my youngest daughter Cora was born, she soon started experiencing very severe eczema. The kind that plagued her day and night. It oozed and dried, scabbed and stuck to clothes and bedding.
I tried eliminating foods here and there, even keeping a food journal but I couldn’t find a single culprit. It wasn’t until the whole family went 100% plant based, gluten/soy/canola oil free and low fat for a SOLID three months did I see an astounding change.
We kept this change for a solid 8 months before slowly adding things back in. Thus, we finally were able to nail down a few of her food sensitivities.
But you guys…eating whole food plant based was HARD. I love food. I love cheese and butter. I love breads and oils and sweets. Read more about why we choose to live more simply and naturally here
During our time as a whole foods plant based family, this little apple dish was such a joy.
Since then, we still try our best to eat a nutrient dense diet with a variety of whole foods every day. But this little apple dish is one of the many recipes that we used during those times that has stuck around and become a family favorite!
So, here’s the breakdown-
I use 3 apples to make a breakfast serving for the girls and I, but if Brian is home I use 4 or 5. I would also say that sticking to a red variety of apples works best.
Gather your simple ingredients: honey, cinnamon and coconut oil.
Then peel and core those babies!
My very giving mother in law gifted us with this contraption that peels, cores AND slices at the SAME TIME. The girls love this thing and I don’t mind pulling it out because it really saves time!
Did you know that food actually creates methane when trapped and wrapped in plastic at the dump? Throw those apple peels and cores in the compost!
Next, chop those apples up. Try to keep them the same size for best cooking results.
Next you will melt the coconut oil in the pot, throw the apples in and add the cinnamon. Mix well and pop the top onto that pot for 3 minutes.
After those three minutes you will take the lid off and add honey.
Cook, lid off, for another 3 minutes or so. Stir frequently until desired doneness has been reached. This is also the step where you will add any other optional ingredients, which I’ll share more about, below.
And here’s your yummy, delicious and somewhat apple pie filling reminiscent honey cinnamon apples! Look at all of those tasty little globs of cinnamon waiting to be eaten up!
Optional add ins and substitutions:
Can I use pears instead?
YES! I sometimes use a combo of both pears and apples.
What if I don’t have honey?
Feel free to use maple syrup, date syrup or even brown sugar. If you do use brown sugar, add in some extra butter or coconut oil.
Other add ins not mentioned but very compatible:
Adding shredded coconut or nuts takes this little sweet dish to a whole new level.
I like to sometimes add a little goat butter while cooking as well. Very drool worthy end result.
A dash of salt is always welcome!
- 3 apples
- 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Heat a pot on medium low heat and melt coconut oil
- Peel, cut and core your apples
- Chop your apples in similar size pieces
- Add chopped apples to preheated pot
- Stir to coat with oil
- Add cinnamon and stir well
- Put lid on the pot and cook undisturbed for 3 minutes
- Remove lid and add honey + any other optional ingredients
- Cook with the lid off for another 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Check for doneness during this time. If your apples are more diced than sliced, you may need a few additional minutes.
- Dish and enjoy while warm!
- Feel free to substitute any ingredients you have on hand. Maple syrup works fine instead of honey, along with date syrup or brown sugar.
- Adding shredded coconut or nuts is great too.
- Adding butter and a dash of salt is also a delicious too!