For those of you who love a homemade apple pie but don’t love all the work involved, these roasted apples in all their cinnamon-vanilla glory are the answer.
It’s the easiest dessert to make and tastes just like the inside of an apple pie. Serve it over vanilla ice cream or by the spoonful- it’s that good!
Best Apples for Roasting
Crispy, tart apples like Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and Honey Crisp can hold their shape and make the ideal apples for pies and roasting. The oven and addition of lemon juice bring out their sweetness and reduces down the sugars into a delicious caramel-like glaze. We’re talking SERIOUS flavor.
Another bonus with this recipe is the intoxicating scent that will perfume your house as it bakes.
Fresh apples and a handful of pantry staples are all it takes to make this simple dessert. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Light brown sugar- dark works too!
- Butter- or coconut oil
- Vanilla extract
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How to Prep the Apples for Roasting
The apples need to be cored and sliced into ¼-inch thick slices. Peeling is optional, but I usually leave the skins on.
Once sliced, make sure to sprinkle the apples with lemon juice to prevent them from browning as you move on with the recipe.
How to Roast Cinnamon Apple Slices
Grab your apples and the rest of the ingredients, so we can make this crustless apple pie! Here’s what to do:
Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Make the cinnamon sugar
In a separate large bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, vanilla, and cornstarch. Add the apples and toss to coat.
Place the apples onto the baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes or until tender.
You can also watch how this recipe comes together in the video below:
How to Serve Roasted Apples
Once you’ve made a batch of roasted apples, they’ll last for a few days in the refrigerator, so you can use them all week in any number of ways. A few of my favorites ideas below:
- Topped with whipped cream
- Over hot oatmeal
- Stirred into overnight oats
- On top of pancakes
- Over a bowl of vanilla ice cream
- With a slice of pound cake