Helping Hands in the Kitchen: Stewed Apples

A bowl of golden brown stewed apples, with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

Stewed apples are a classic dessert that is easy to make and perfect for any season. This simple yet delicious dish can be enjoyed on its own or paired with ice cream, yogurt, or cake. Whether you’re looking for a quick and healthy snack or a comforting dessert, stewed apples are a great option. In this blog post, we’ll share our favorite recipe for making stewed apples that are sweet, flavorful, and tender. So grab your apples, and let’s get started!

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Peeler, cutting board, knife, medium saucepan, measuring spoons, and a large spoon.



  • 4 cups (about 2 large)apples, peeled and medium dice 
  • 2 tsp lemon juice 
  • 1 tbsp apple cider or apple juice 
  • 2 tbsp water 
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon, ground 
  • To taste, salt 


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the apples, lemon juice, apple cider (or apple juice), water, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. 
  2. Cook, stirring regularly, for 10 minutes or until the apples have softened. Add more water or apple cider if necessary. 
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool before serving. 
  4. Tip: Serve over frozen yogurt, warm oatmeal, or mixed in with Greek yogurt. 
  5. Apple Tip: Choose firm apples that are great for making pies, Braeburn, Honey Crisp, and Pink Lady.


Stewed Apples
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving & % Daily Value*
Calories: 85.5kcal 4%
Total Fat: 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2.1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21.6g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Sugars 17.5g
Protein 0.3g 1%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 2%
Iron 1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Apples are a major source of fiber, which can aid digestion. The apple skin contains insoluble fiber, which helps with constipation and regularity, while the flesh has soluble fiber, which slows down the digestion of glucose, helping to regulate blood glucose levels. 

Cinnamon has prebiotic properties, which can help support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut while reducing the growth of bad bacteria. It can also be used to help alleviate gastrointestinal issues, including gas and bloating. 

Left: A lot of apples.
Right: Cinnamon sticks.

Recipe provided by Kelley Robertson
Maryland University of Integrative Health