If you’re a fan of apple pies, you know just how warm and subtly sweet baked apples can be. Soft stewed apples are super easy to make and delicious. They can complement sweet as well as savory eats. Use them to top your waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, ice cream, or serve it with some gourmet cheese and biscuits.
This stewed apple recipe is versatile and can be prepared using your favorite ingredients, so feel free to adjust it and get creative. Bear in mind, the softer the apples, the quicker they’ll cook. We recommend opting for apples suited for pies like Cortland, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, King, or Braeburn. Unlike softer apples, these hold their consistency well and do not fall apart.
A Healthy Addition to Your Diet
Stewed apples are a delightful addition to your breakfast and make for a tasty dessert after dinner. Make apple sauce, apple pie, apple turnovers… go crazy. The best part, they offer many essential vitamins and heart-healthy fiber, making them a healthy addition to your diet.
What can you do with stewed apples? What are you in the mood for?
- Ice Cream (with caramel sauce)
- Gluten-Free Sourdough Pancakes
- Pumpkin Porridge
- Sourdough Oatmeal Pancakes
- Banana Pecan Oat Waffles
- Melted or Baked Brie
Not all apples taste the same. You can adjust the sweetness to taste in this recipe. Brown sugar and maple work great in the recipe. However, if a little extra sweetness is desired and your apples are a bit tart, put a few more tablespoons of brown sugar to adjust it.
Apples are an excellent source of fiber. Unsurprisingly, stewed apples contain about 4 to 5 grams of fiber per cup of apple slices. According to the University of California San Francisco, that’s about 17 to 20% of your daily recommended fiber intake. This estimation pertains to apples without the skin. If you cook it with the skin on, your stewed apples will have much more fiber as the skin carries much of their fiber content.
Furthermore, apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber may help lower cholesterol levels and bulk up your stools. Insoluble fiber, primarily found in the skin of the apple, supports regularity.
Lots of Vitamins
Stewed apples are a great source of vitamin C. Cooked apples have 0.3 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams. Cooked apples also contain moderate amounts of riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, vitamin A and vitamin E.
Raw apples are an excellent source of polyphenols. However, this amount decreases when apples are cooked. Polyphenols are antioxidants in your body, helping to counteract conditions like cardiovascular disease.
Preserving the Nutrients
Stewed apples are a fabulous, low-calorie alternative to sugar-laced sweets. Whether you’re planning on cooking them sliced or whole, we recommend keeping the peel on to preserve the essential nutrients. Bear in mind that sugar is used in canned apples to maintain their coloring, consistency, and flavor. If you’re canning your own, try not to put extra sugar during the prep stage.
NOTE: This recipe is freezer-friendly. Your leftover stewed apples will last up to three days in the fridge and quickly freeze for more extended storage.
Stewed Apples Recipe
Calories: 71 | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 18g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 44mg | Vitamin C: 4mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yields: 4-6
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 7 cups cooking apples (thinly sliced)
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄2 cup water
Optional Stir Ins:
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- Chopped toasted nuts (pecan or walnuts)
- Dried chopped cranberries
- In a 10″ skillet (with lid), melt the butter over medium heat, then turn off the heat.
- Add in your sugar and brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and water. Stir to combine.
- Bring the mix to a high boil until beginning to blend.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add apple slices, turning to coat.
- Cook over to medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring, allowing the mix to thicken further.
- Reduce heat to low, cover apples, and cook until tender, occasionally stirring for another 5-10 minutes. Add more water if necessary until apples are soft. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of your apple slices.
- The mix will thicken as it chills.
Easy to make and delicious, make these stewed cinnamon apples at home and start topping your breakfast meals the right way! From oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, and ice cream to oatmeal, the choice is yours. In case you were wondering, this stewed apple recipe is indeed vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. More delicious recipes: