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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.

cinnamon apples in a white bowl with an apple and cinnamon stick
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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.

And yes, this recipe can work with other fruits! Check out our Peach Compote recipe for a stonefruit option.

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.

4 photos showing how to steam apples


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. 

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.
a white bowl with cinnamon apple slices


One serving has 0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

5 from 11 ratings

Steamed Apples

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
cinnamon apples in a white bowl with an apple and cinnamon stick
Cinnamon apples are sugar-free, vegan, paleo, Whole30 compliant, and freezer-friendly.



  • Peel apples, and dice in bite-sized pieces or cut into slices.
    5 apples
  • In a pot fitted with a metal steamer basket, add ~1 inch of water.
  • 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.
    1 tsp ground cinnamon


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.


Serving: 4ozCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 194mgFiber: 4gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 8.3mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
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  1. I made these for myself because I’m trying to tame my sweet tooth! One of my favorite desserts is apple dumplings. A big NO for healthy eating. This dish  gives the satisfaction of warm cooked apples and cinnamon without the sugar, butter and dumplings! One change to the recipe I made is that steaming go to is a Ziplock steamer bag. 2 minutes for one apple cut into chunks (not diced) was perfect. Thank you for your recipe!5 stars

    1. Cathy, I’m just like you in that I have an evil sugar dragon that I am constantly trying to slay! I’m so glad these helped you fill the need you had today for something sweet.

      They do freeze REALLY well, so have a few containers on hand for emergencies.

  2. These are seriously delicious! I like everything tart so tossed in a little lemon (also prevents browning as they sit in the counter while your kids distract you), they satisfy my sweet and sour cravings!5 stars

    1. Unpeeled is fine if you’re eating that day. But if you’re making them ahead of time, I find the peel gets kind tough and grody after 24 hours.

    1. I haven’t, only because it’s only 5 minutes on the stovetop. I can’t see the IP saving me much time if any.

  3. This is just the kick I needed to stop buying ready made applesauce! Absolutely delicious and I love all your spice recommendations too. Thanks for an awesome recipe.5 stars

  4. I’m not gonna lie, I was that kid with the t.v. dinner and every once in a while I crave that Salisbury steak. I also occasionally crave spaghetti o’s, but I ate my full of those while I was pregnant.
    These look amazing! I need to stock up on smaller mason jars… maybe I could freeze them in silicone muffin cups and keep them in baggies so then I can just plop one into our yum box.
    Adding apples to the grocery list!

    1. Oh, we were totally a TV dinner family! Healthy Choice was our poison of choice (barf).

      I’m not sure how they would work in a muffin tin since there is no liquid. But if you try it out and it and it works please report back!

  5. I used to sautee slices of apple in butter and add cinnamon to create a sweet treat for my MIL because she had lost so many of her teeth. I still do it occasionally just for myself for breakfast, add toast and a bit of cheese… yum. I also sprinkle cinnamon on sliced banana too.5 stars

    1. Wait, do you combine the cheese and toast together with the apples, or serve them on the side?

      I’m not a raw banana fan but I do love to caramelize them to put them on pancakes and waffles. Never thought to add cinnamon before. Genius!

      1. The apples, cheese and toast are all separate items on the plate. The cinnamon is supposed to be good for your blood pressure so I try to throw it on fruit whenever I can.

      2. I think cinnamon is also really good for regulating blood sugar! My grandpa was a diabetic and his doctor encouraged him to add it to lots of things. And it is delicious so that is an added benefit for all of us.

  6. Making it a goal to try one new recipe from your site a week. These apples sound like a delicious treat. 5 stars

  7. Yum! My Great-grandmother used to make apples with cinnamon and sugar but I’ve never tried it with just cinnamon.