Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks Recipe

Autumn isn’t complete for our family without making this easy Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks recipe.

Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks

Made with a handful of healthy ingredients, this is one of those vegan desserts that’s so satisfyingly spectacular you’ll want to make it year-round.

Healthy Comfort Food: Baked Apples Recipe

Sweet and spicy, baked apples are a fabulous shortcut when we want something warm and delicious without making an entire apple pie.

Easy Dessert Recipes with Few Ingredients

To make this gluten free recipe, I stuff the apples with cinnamon sticks and whole vanilla bean.

After that, I spike it with lemon rind and dried currants, though raisins or dried cherries work just as well, and a splash of lemon juice.

Easy Vegan Recipes

I hope this vegan dessert that’s a taste of fall lights up your palate!

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Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks

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  • Place apples in a baking dish with lid
  • Stuff with lemon rind, currants, vanilla bean, and cinnamon sticks

  • Drizzle with lemon juice

  • Scatter remaining currants around apples

  • Bake covered at 350°F for 60 to 75 minutes

  • Serve

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

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Kid Friendly Apple Desserts

I created this kid friendly recipe for my boys when they were little.

I used incredibly aromatic, healthy ingredients to help the boys understand the richness of complex flavors.

Our culture tends to focus on sweet and salty and, in fact, has a bit of a fixation when it comes to those culinary notes.

Easy Dessert Recipes for Kids

I made it my mission to teach the boys that there is more to palate pleasing than ping ponging between the two aforementioned taste bud ticklers.

Easy Recipes with Under 10 Ingredients

I also taught my boys the value of creating super simple dishes from scratch to save time in the kitchen.

Kid Friendly Recipes

This is one of those fabulous, easy dessert recipes for kids.

Simply core the apples, set out filling options, and let the little ones place the apples in the baking dish, then stuff the apples with goodies.

Easy Things to Bake: Apples with Dried Fruit

This recipe is ideal for apple picking season and one of our favorite rituals when we come home with the freshly picked apples.

Baked Apples with Cinnamon Apple Chart

Best Apples for Baking

You can use any type of apple to make this easy vegan dessert recipe.

Gala apples, tart Granny Smith apples, or Golden Delicious apples, whatever you have on hand.

One thing I don’t use is the Fuji apple because it’s expensive, and I prefer to eat this type uncooked.

Organic Apples

Take note, especially when preparing this dish for little ones, I use organic apples because this fruit is on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list.

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How to Core an Apple

The most complex step in this recipe is coring the apples, which only takes a minute or two.

You can remove the core using this great tool, pictured above.

Do I Need to Peel the Apples?

No, do not peel the apples. Leaving the skin on keeps them plump as they cook and helps steam them.

Baked Apples with Dried Cherries

When I really want to take this vegan recipe up a notch, during holidays and other festive occasions, I use dried tart cherries.

I buy organic as this fruit is also part of the Dirty Dozen.

Thanksgiving Desserts: Baked Apples

Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks are wonderful on turkey day when you’re in need of last-minute Thanksgiving desserts.

Apple Dessert Recipes

Here are some of my other easy desserts with apples for you!

If you’re vegan or gluten free, my Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks recipe is the answer.

Vegan Desserts: A La Mode Ice Cream

Add homemade Dairy Free Vanilla Ice Cream to make this one of those incredibly indulgent vegan desserts.

Vegan Gluten Free Dessert Recipes

What’s your favorite vegan gluten free dessert recipe?! Leave a comment and let me know.

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives, I first published this Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sticks recipe in 2007.


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