Healthy cinnamon apples

15 April 2018 by
First published: 13 April 2018

This recipe for healthy cinnamon apples is our go-to for a quick and delicious breakfast or dessert.

Traditionally with cinnamon apples recipes people add a lot of refined sugar but there’s no need for that with this healthy cinnamon apples recipe – we’ve used dates instead.

I developed this recipe when I was looking for healthy breakfasts I could batch cook or bake when I had spare time before the start of a busy week. You can serve these hot or cold, depending on what mood you’re in, or what the weather’s doing! they work really well with creamy Greek yoghurt but if you fancy something else, try vanilla ice cream or crème fraîche on top.

You’ve heard the one about ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, well there could be some merit to it…apples are loaded with pectin, a complex carb and soluble fibre, which can help reduce gut disorders and control insulin by reducing it slowly.

Healthy cinnamon apples
Serves 4 (makes 4 portions)


2 large apples (or 4 regular apples), cored and chopped – I used 1 large Braeburn and 1 large cooking apple
1tsp butter
6 dates soaked in 100ml boiling water, blitzed to paste
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
1tsp mixed spice
Juice of 1/2 lemon
45g mixed dried fruit, chopped


1. Add the apples and butter to a heavy based saucepan and heat until the butter has melted. Continue to heat for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until the apple starts to soften.
2. Add the date paste, cinnamon sticks, star anise, mixed spice, lemon juice and dried fruit. Stir through for a further 5 minutes.
3. Serve warm or leave to cool and keep in the fridge. Serve on their own or with a topping of your choice.
For some more great batch-cook breakfast ideas, try this Easy banana bread recipe and Deliciously Ella’s Chia Pudding.

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