Stovetop Cinnamon Apples
These quick and easy warm Stovetop Cinnamon Apples are perfectly sweet, delicious, and so versatile. I love how fast these come together, and there are so many ways to serve them! These tasty warm apples work great on their own as a side dish, snack or dessert. They taste decadent when topped with a dollop of whipped cream or served over ice cream. They take breakfast up a notch when used as a topping for yogurt, oatmeal, waffles, or pancakes. There are so many possibilities!
Not only can these Stovetop Cinnamon Apples be used in a variety of ways, they also just taste and smell amazing. My three-year-old can be resistant to trying new things, but the first time I made these she gobbled them right up! The little bit of light butter, the cinnamon, and the brown sugar give these apples rich flavor. As you cook them, a sauce forms around the apples giving them the consistency and flavor of warm apple pie filling. Apple pie filling definitely needs to be part of my every day life on a more regular basis, so if you feel the same way, this recipe is for you! Plus, a serving of these Stovetop Cinnamon Apples is just 150 calories or 2 WW Smartpoints on all three myWW plans.
You’ll notice I said the serving size for these apples is “around” ½ cup. I’m not trying to be vague, it just really depends on the size of the apples you use! I suggest using medium to large apples for this recipe, but obviously apple sizes vary, so your servings may be slightly bigger or smaller accordingly.
What types of apples should be used?
Honestly, I think most apple types will work well in this recipe, as long as they come in a medium-to-large size. If you use a variety with smaller sized apples, you may want to use 5 apples instead of four in the recipe (I do this with Empires). You can change up the flavors a bit by using a combination of sweet and tart apples, or just focusing on one or the other. Some varieties I have used or think would work well are:
- Granny Smith (good mixed with a sweeter variety)
- Pink Lady
I’m sure some of you are wondering about using alternate sweeteners in your Stovetop Cinnamon Apples. I love the flavor the brown sugar the apples and sauce, but you can certainly use an alternate sweetener if you prefer. I know Truvia and Splenda both have brown sugar blends that combine their sweeteners with brown sugar to offer brown sugar flavor with less calories. I do recommend checking the conversion charts if using one of these products, because I believe for both of them you’ll want to use half the amount to get the same level of sweetness. Using the a tablespoon of the Splenda blend will leave the WW SmartPoints at 2 SP per serving, but using a tablespoon of the Truvia brown sugar blend will reduce the SmartPoints per serving to 1 SP. Alternatively, for a zero calorie brown sugar substitute I’ve heard some good things about Swerve sweetener’s brown variety. The Swerve substitute also measures just like brown sugar, so you can use the same amount called for in the recipe. Using 2 tablespoons of Swerve Brown sweetener will reduce the SmartPoints per serving to 1 SP.
Looking for more tasty, lightened up recipes using apples? Check out my Apple and Brie Stuffed Chicken, Puff Pancake Bake with Warm Apple Topping, Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork, Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Chicken Bacon Apple Cheddar Wraps, Baked Stuffed Apples, Sausage Apple Cheddar Frittata, Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Cups, Apple Cheddar Turkey Wraps, Broccoli Salad, Cheesy Apple Walnut Bruschetta, Mini Cinnamon Apple Tarts, Slow Cooker Applesauce, Stuffed Acorn Squash, and more in the Apples ingredient listing in my recipe index!
Stovetop Cinnamon Apples
- 1 tablespoon light butter, (I use Land O’Lakes light butter spread with canola oil)
- 1 tablespoon + ⅓ cup water
- 4 medium to large apples, peeled and sliced to ¼” - ½” thick
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- Place the butter and a tablespoon of the water into a sauté pan and bring over medium heat until butter is melted. Add the sliced apples and stir to coat with the butter. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes to soften the apples. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and water until combined. Add this mixture to the apples along with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir until well combined. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 3-4 minutes until the apples are tender and the sauce is thickened.
4 per (about ½ cup) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below) Nutrition Information per (about ½ cup) serving: 150 calories, 36 g carbs, 28 g sugars, 2 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 1 g protein, 5 g fiber, 27 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)