Frugal Foodie Friday: Sinful Cinnamon-Apple Sauté (Breakfast or Dessert?)


Actually, this little dish isn’t sinful at all, but that title just sounds so good doesn’t it? Well, this Cinnamon Apple Sauté does produce tender, juicy apples with a wonderfully rich, sweet, and cinnamon-y syrup, rendering it indulgent enough for dessert. However, healthy enough for breakfast. I enjoyed it all on its own. But, this simple cinnamon apple saute recipe takes just 10 minutes andis incredibly flexible when it comes to serving options. It would be perfect for on top of waffles, with a scoop of ice cream, on oatmeal, or as a toast topper!

Whichever way you choose enjoy this cinnamon apple saute will be a good one!

Simple Cinnamon Apple Saute

Special Diet Notes: Cinnamon Apple Saute

Frugal Foodie Friday: Sinful Cinnamon-Apple Sauté (Breakfast or Dessert?)
Serves: 2
  • 2 medium apples (around ¾ to 1 lb), sliced ¼-inch thick (no need to peel!)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh squeezed if you have it)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons oil or margarine (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (I used honey, but I think maple syrup may be even better)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Generous pinch of salt (especially if using oil rather than margarine)
  1. In a medium sized bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice and briefly set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt heat the oil or margarine over medium heat. Add the honey or maple syrup and the vanilla extract, giving everything a quick stir. Add the apples, and stir to coat them with the sweet sauce. Sprinkle on the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and once again, stir to ensure the apples are evenly coated.
  3. Cover, and allow the apples to cook for 3 to 5 minutes (or until desired tenderness) checking in to stir once or twice.
  4. They are ready! Enjoy them as is, or see the beginning of this post for some serving options.
  5. Cinnamon Pears Option: Use 2 medium pears instead of the apples. Pears are generally softer than apples, so you will only need 2 to 3 minutes of cooking time once covered.
Simple Cinnamon Apple Saute

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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