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Steamed Apples With Cinnamon

Simple and sweet, these stovetop Steamed Apples are the perfect healthy comfort food. Cinnamon apples are sugar-free, vegan, paleo, Whole30 compliant, and freezer-friendly.

diced apples in a bowl with a sprig of mint and a whole apple on a white board

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I have been making these apples for so long that I could cook them in my sleep; they are that simple. Calling this a “recipe” is almost embarrassing.

When we have a lot of apples, we make cinnamon steamed apples. Double the recipe, and save leftovers to make Cinnamon Pretzel Bites with Apple Syrup, Healthy Apple Pie Pancakes, or Apple Pie Egg Rolls.

apples, mint, and a bowl of cinnamon on a white board

How Long Does it Take to Steam Apples?

Diced steamed apples are ready in only five minutes. If you prefer to make apple slices instead of diced apples, you will need to add 1-2 minutes to the cooking time for a soft texture.

Process shots for making warm steamed apples

Variations 

I tend to consider cinnamon a condiment and have a bit of a heavy hand with it. I reigned myself in for this recipe but you could (and should!) absolutely add more cinnamon to your version. And while you’re at it, how about a pinch of cloves and a dash of nutmeg?

A splash of homemade vanilla and/or almond extract is also amazing with the base recipe. 

diced apples in a white bowl with mint on a striped cloth

Recipe Notes

  • Freeze leftovers in small Souper Cubes or 4 oz mason jars. Thaw on the counter for a few hours or in the fridge overnight.
  • Use an apple that will retain its shape and won’t turn into mush upon steaming. I prefer Fuji, honeycrisp, or Gala.
  • Leave the peel on for added fiber and nutrition and less prep.
  • Five minutes of steaming works for our preferences for texture, but if you prefer a firmer apple, check at three minutes.
  • Cool completely before freezing.

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WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving has 0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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5 from 10 votes

Steamed Apples

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Cinnamon apples are sugar-free, vegan, paleo, Whole30 compliant, and freezer-friendly.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel apples, and dice in bite-sized pieces or cut into slices.
  • In a pot fitted with a metal steamer basket, add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the apples to the steamer basket and place a lid over the pan.
  • Steam the apples on medium until the apples are able to be pierced easily with a knife (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Drain, place in a small bowl, and toss with the cinnamon.

Notes

Five minutes of steaming works for our preferences for texture, but if you prefer a firmer apple, check at three minutes.
Cool completely before freezing.
Nutrition Facts
Steamed Apples
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 95
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 194mg6%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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32 comments on “Steamed Apples With Cinnamon”

  1. Could you tell me how you would freeze them and reheat them? I want to make these for my little guy. Thank you so much!

    • I suggest freezing them in small containers (I used 4 oz mason jars most of the time). No liquid or anything needs to be added, just put them in and freeze.

      Most of the time I defrosted in the fridge overnight. My kiddo preferred them cold, but if you’d like to heat up, start with 10-15 seconds in the microwave and test.

      They’re so good! Now I’m craving them. 🙂

  2. Can explain the steaming process? Do you use a lid? Do you heat up the water in the pan before adding the apples? Thank you!

    • Hi Grace, the good news is that it a basic steaming process (like if you’ve ever steamed veggies). Nothing fancy! 🙂

      I do heat the water first. Sometimes I use a lid and sometimes I don’t. It’s such a fast process that its one that it is best to not overthink, i.e., you won’t break it!

  3. Delicious , healthy recipes. Thank you ????5 stars

  4. I tried steaming apples in a microwave steamer basket I bought on amazon and my apples came out rubbery =( I diced them up nice and small for BLW and added 2 tbsp of water in the basket, put them in for 3.5 minutes and they all came out really rubbery and not easily mashable. Do you know what I did wrong? Thank you!

    • With the caveat of never steaming apples in a microwave before, if they’re rubbery I wonder if they’re either over or undercooked? Did the basket come with an instruction manual with time recommendations?

  5. I make these for my grandson, and he thinks he’s getting a treat!5 stars