Sauteed Apples are a delicious and wholesome dessert choice suitable for any meal occasion. The combination of cinnamon and nutmeg, fused with the sweetness of maple syrup and a touch of citrus juice, renders this dish a must-try healthy dessert, brimming with tantalizing flavors.
This uncomplicated yet nutritious dessert evokes the nostalgic aroma of a freshly baked apple pie while offering the delightful experience of savoring the very heart of that pie. Moreover, it caters to a range of dietary preferences, including gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free lifestyles.
Apples, being the central ingredient in this dessert, stand as a fantastic foundation for health-conscious treats. They satiate your cravings for sweetness naturally, all while delivering a wholesome dose of fiber and essential nutrients. Sauteed Apples, with their enticing flavors and health benefits, exemplify the perfect dessert choice for those seeking a guilt-free indulgence.
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How To Make
Select the apples of your choice. Personally, I opt for a medley of both red and green apples, as the crisp tartness of the green variety complements the sweetness of the red ones.
Next, peel, core, and dice the apples. A kitchen tip to ensure uniform cooking is to cut them into evenly sized pieces, ensuring a consistent texture in your dish.
Now, transfer the diced apples into a skillet or pan.
Now, it’s time to add some sweetness – pour in about 1/3 cup of maple syrup. Squeeze the juice from a small orange (or whatever citrus fruit you have on had) and throw that in. Don’t forget a little kick of cinnamon (about a teaspoon), a dash of vanilla (like half a teaspoon), and just a pinch of nutmeg (1/8 teaspoon).
Cook over medium heat and let them simmer for about 10 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the apples turn all soft and the syrup gets nice and thick. When it’s time to serve, you’ve got two choices: enjoy it as is for a burst of pure apple goodness, or go all out with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top. Either way, your taste buds are in for a treat!
- Sub honey for maple syrup
- Try almond extract instead of vanilla
- Use pumpkin pie spice rather than cinnamon and nutmeg
- Use orange juice or apple juice rather than freshly squeezed juice
- Add a touch of coconut oil for a lite and delicious coconut flavor
- Try replacing the apples with pears
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Apple Selection: Choose a variety of apples that you enjoy. Mixing different types, like red and green, can provide a nice balance of sweetness and tartness. Experiment with your favorites to find your ideal flavor profile.
- Uniform Dicing: When dicing the apples, try to make the pieces as uniform as possible. This ensures that they cook evenly, resulting in a consistent texture and flavor throughout the dish.
- Fresh Citrus Juice: While using freshly squeezed orange juice is great, you can also try other citrus fruits like lemon or lime for a unique twist in flavor.
- Quality Maple Syrup: Opt for pure maple syrup rather than pancake syrup for the best flavor. It might be a bit pricier, but the rich, authentic taste is well worth it.
- Spice Adjustment: Adjust the amount of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg to suit your personal taste. If you love cinnamon, feel free to add a little more for a spicier kick.
- Simmering Time: Keep a close eye on the apples while they simmer. Cooking times may vary depending on the size of your apple pieces and the heat level. The goal is tender apples and a thickened syrup.
- Serve Creatively: These sauteed apples are versatile. Besides whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, you can also try serving them over yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, or waffles. The possibilities are endless.
- Storage: If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be reheated gently in a microwave or on the stovetop.
- Experiment: Don’t be afraid to get creative with this recipe. Add some chopped nuts for crunch, a drizzle of caramel sauce for extra sweetness, or a dash of brandy or rum for a boozy twist.
- Enjoy Year-Round: While this recipe is often associated with fall, it’s delicious any time of the year. It’s a great way to use up excess apples, whether you’ve gone apple picking or just have some extra fruit on hand.
Yes, you can. Place them into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 3-4 months. The apples will be soft once you reheat them, but they will still taste great!
Yes. You should be able to blend all the ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 1-2 minute increments, stirring in between until the apples are done to your liking.
Peeling apples before sautéing is a matter of personal preference. Some recipes call for peeled apples, while others leave the skin on for added texture and nutrients. It’s your choice.
To prevent apples from becoming overly soft, cook them over medium heat and avoid overcooking. Use apples that are firm and not overly ripe. Also, be mindful of the size of your apple slices.
How To Serve Baked Apples
Served in Glass Ice Cream Sundae Bowls with Cool Whip on Top:
For a simple yet visually appealing presentation, scoop your sautéed apples into elegant glass ice cream sundae bowls. The transparency of the glass allows the rich, caramelized colors of the apples to shine through, making for an inviting display. To add a finishing touch of indulgence, dollop a generous serving of Cool Whip or whipped cream on top. The contrast of the warm sautéed apples with the cool, creamy topping creates a harmonious blend of flavors and textures.
Add a Touch of Ice Cream:
Elevate your sautéed apples by serving them alongside a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor. The combination of warm, spiced apples and cold, creamy ice cream is a timeless dessert pairing. Whether it’s classic vanilla, decadent caramel, or a seasonal favorite like cinnamon or apple pie ice cream, the contrast in temperatures and textures is sure to delight your taste buds.
Serve Apples Drizzled Over Ice Cream:
For an even more immersive dessert experience, arrange a scoop of ice cream in a bowl or on a dessert plate, and then generously drizzle the sautéed apples over the top. This method allows the flavors of the sautéed apples to meld with the ice cream, creating a harmonious blend of sweet and spiced notes. It’s a delightful way to savor both components simultaneously.
Creative Toppings and Garnishes:
Don’t hesitate to get creative with additional toppings and garnishes. Chopped nuts, such as toasted pecans or walnuts, can provide a delightful crunch. A sprinkle of cinnamon or a drizzle of caramel sauce can further enhance the flavor profile. Fresh mint leaves or a dusting of powdered sugar can add an elegant finishing touch.
Pair with Complementary Desserts:
Sautéed apples are incredibly versatile and can complement a variety of other desserts. Consider serving them alongside a slice of warm apple pie, a flaky pastry, or a slice of cheesecake. The sweet and spiced apples can elevate these desserts to a whole new level of deliciousness.
Ultimately, how you choose to serve your sautéed apples depends on your personal preferences and the occasion. Whether you opt for simplicity or extravagance, sautéed apples are a delightful treat that can be enjoyed in various ways, making them a versatile addition to your dessert repertoire.
More healthy dessert recipes:
- Chocolate Chip Pumpin Muffins
- Strawberry Triffle
- Toffee Apple Salad
- Fruit Waffle Cones
- Chocolate Black Bean Brownies
- Bran Muffins
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Sauteed Apples Recipe
- 4 green apples, peeled, cored and diced
- 2 red apples, peeled, cored and diced
- 1/3 cup maple syrup ✅
- 1 small orange, juiced (or other citrus fruit)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon ✅
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla ✅
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg ✅
- Combine the ingredients. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine all ingredients.4 green apples, peeled, cored and diced, 2 red apples, peeled, cored and diced, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1 small orange, juiced (or other citrus fruit), 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- ⭐️Cook. Simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes or until apples are softened and syrup thickens.
- Serve. Serve as is or top with cool whip or vanilla ice cream.
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