These fried cinnamon apples are the best fall dessert or afternoon snack. The apple slices are slightly sweetened and sauteéd on the stovetop in under 30 minutes. Top with dairy free ice cream for a simple vegan dessert. Makes 6 – 8 servings.
Why I love these cinnamon apples
Since the pumpkin spice latte is officially back, I think it’s safe to say that everyone is ready for fall. Not that I’m complaining.
For me, fall brings back a ton of nostalgic memories. The fresh beginnings a new school year brings, the return of cooler weather, the smell of cinnamon. Warm boots and cozy sweaters. Those are the things I remember the most.
Now that my kids are in school (preschool counts, right?), I want them to have them to have special memories like these to look back on when they’re older.
Their preschool has an annual apple fundraiser, which means we usually have more apples than we know what to do with.
So, I started making these fried cinnamon apples as an after school treat, topped with a scoop of Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Caramel Cookie Dough – because the flavor pairing is sheer perfection.
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And, you wouldn’t believe the grins on their little faces when they come home to the smell of freshly stewed apples and cinnamon in the house. It’s worth every bit of effort it takes to make this recipe. Although, if I’m being completely honest, it doesn’t take much effort at all.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them
- Apples (we used a mix of gala and granny smith, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
- Lemon juice
- Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Caramel Cookie Dough
How to make fried cinnamon apples
Peel and slice the apples. Start by peeling 6 – 8 apples, depending on size. I used 3 gala apples and 3 granny smith apples. Keep in mind, they will cook faster if you slice them thinner than I did.
Sweeten the apples. Place them in a large bowl and add lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar. Use a spatula or spoon to stir until the apples are evenly coated.
Fry the apples. Heat a large skillet to medium with a bit of olive oil. Once it’s hot, add the apples and let them cook for about 15 minutes. Be sure to stir them occasionally so they cook evenly.
Thicken the sauce. In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together 1/2 cup cold water and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Add it to the pan and let the apples continue cooking for about 5 minutes, or until they’re as soft as you’d like.
Serve with warm with ice cream. Remove the apples from the stove and let them cool for about 5 minutes. Top with a scoop of Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Caramel Cookie Dough before serving.
FAQs and Tips for making the best cinnamon apples
There are so many things you can do with apples. I love making these fried cinnamon apples because they’re quick and easy, but you could also make any of the apple recipes listed below.
Granny smith is always my first choice when it comes to cooking apples, but I also like to use gala and cortland apples, too.
You can absolutely freeze these cinnamon apples. They should keep for up to 4 -6 months in the freezer. Just be sure to use a freezer friendly container or zip top bag (preferably a reusable one).
America’s favorite apple used to be the red delicious apple, but its number one status has been taken over by the gala in recent years.
More apple recipes you’ll love:
- Apple pie bars
- Apple rosemary chicken and dumplings
- Maple bourbon apple tarts
- Apple cider sangria
- Fennel apple salad
More dairy free ice cream recipes:
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- 6 – 8 apples peeled, cored and sliced
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Caramel Cookie Dough, for topping
- Combine apples, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir to until the apples evenly coated.
- Heat a large skillet to medium. Add olive oil and apple mixture.Allow apples to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
- Stir the cold water and cornstarch together in a separate bowl or container. Add to the pan and stir until evenly distributed.
- Allow the apples to continue cooking, until the liquid has thickened and apples are soft – about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.
- Serve apples in a bowl topped with a scoop of caramel cookie dough ice cream.
Keywords: dairy free, vegan, easy, 5 ingredient
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