Actually, this little dish isn’t sinful at all, but that title just sounds so good doesn’t it? Well, this saute does produce tender, juicy apples with a wonderfully rich, sweet, and cinnamon-y syrup, rendering it indulgent enough for a healthy dessert.
However, I had it for breakfast. I ate it on its own as a part of my multi-course Sunday grazing. But, this simple recipe (just 10 minutes!) is incredibly flexible when it comes to serving options. You can:
- Serve the apples with your favorite yogurt (mine being this one), stirring a bit of the resultant cinnamon apple syrup into the yogurt if desired.
- Top waffles with the apples and resultant cinnamon-apple syrup.
- Spread nut butter on a bagel, toast, or rice cakes, and top with slices of cinnamon apples (one of my faves).
- Serve over rice or other grain (I don’t know why I just thought of this one, but it really sounds good).
- Sprinkle the apples with ground flaxseed or your favorite granola (homemade if you can!).
- Top the apples with a scoop of ice cream (this one and this one being my picks), drizzling some of the resultant syrup over top of everything for a sundae flare. Oh what the heck, sprinkle on some granola too!
- You say you’ve finished the apples, but have a little bit of leftover syrup? Use it to sweeten your favorite tea! Problem solved.
Okay, now that you are brimming with ideas, lets get to the kitchen …
Simply Scrumptious Cinnamon-Apple Sauté
Recipe adapted from the October 2007 issue of Natural Health Magazine
This recipe is Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, optionally Vegan, and optionally Soy-Free
- 2 Medium Apples (around 3/4 to 1 lb), sliced 1/4-inch thick (no need to peel!)
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed if you have it)
- 1-1/2 Teaspoons Oil or Margarine (I used coconut oil)
- 1 Tablespoon Honey or Maple Syrup (I used honey, but I think maple syrup may be even better)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- Generous Pinch of Salt (especially if using oil rather than margarine)
In a medium sized bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice and briefly set aside.
In a large skillet, melt heat the oil or margarine over medium heat. Add the honey or maple syrup and the vanilla extract, giving everything a quick stir. Add the apples, and stir to coat them with the sweet sauce. Sprinkle on the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and once again, stir to ensure the apples are evenly coated.
Cover, and allow the apples to cook for 3 to 5 minutes (or until desired tenderness) checking in to stir once or twice.
They are ready! Enjoy them as is, or see the beginning of this post for some serving options.
Cinnamon Pears Option: Use 2 medium pears instead of the apples. Pears are generally softer than apples, so you will only need 2 to 3 minutes of cooking time once covered.
Yields 2 Yummy Servings of Apples
My Earth Day Note: One of my Earth Day resolutions is to try to eat more seasonally. While I was sure that apples were a fall fruit, it seems the crops are brimming right now. I purchase organic apples, since they are a top “pesticide crop.” An abundance of northwest apples (as local as it gets for this area) allowed me to purchase a bag of these beauties (Fuji I believe) for less than a dollar a pound.