Oh my, this Keto Baked Cinnamon Apples recipe is a real treat if you’re trying to satisfy that sweet tooth! Made all the more decadent with the addition of vanilla bean paste. Who doesn’t love fresh, baked cinnamon apples! This is the perfect recipe for a ketogenic diet or low carb lifestyle. My family absolutely loves these and they are extremely easy to make. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Keto Cinnamon Apples
Incredibly simple, yet incredibly delicious! These keto cinnamon apples are the perfect sweet side dish for a holiday (or anytime) meal!
WHAT ARE KETO CINNAMON APPLES?
Cinnamon apples are a sweet dish perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They are often found on holiday menus around the United States, especially in the south.
Traditional cinnamon apple recipes are very simple and normally consist of sugar (often brown sugar), cinnamon, water, butter, and apples. The mixture is placed over heat and cooked until the apples are soft and the sauce mixture begins to thicken.
This recipe, however, removes the sugar-filled components and replaces them with keto-friendly ingredients. This makes this recipe the perfect addition to your next family meal or holiday get-together.
Vanilla whipped cream
- 2½ cups heavy whipping cream
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 star anise (optional)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3 apples, preferably a type that is firm and tart, for example Gravensteiner or Granny Smith
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
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- Add the butter, vanilla, optional star anise, and 1/4 of the heavy whipping cream to a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a light boil, over medium heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or more until the sauce turns creamy. Stir frequently.
- Remove from the heat and remove the star anise. Add the egg yolk while whisking vigorously. Place in the refrigerator and let cool completely. You can prepare the flavored cream up to 1 day before, and refrigerate.
- Whisk the remaining heavy whipping cream in a bowl until soft peaks form, and fold in the refrigerated sauce.
- Place back in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes or more. You can add the cream sauce to serving cups to make it thicken up faster.
- Wash the apples and peel them if you want to but there’s really no need for that. The peel adds color, flavor and texture.
- Core the apple and slice thinly. Heat up butter in a frying pan and brown the slices until golden. Add cinnamon towards the end.
- Serve the apples warm with the vanilla sauce.
The sauce goes great with various desserts, where you would normally have served vanilla custard. For example, you can heat a couple of blackberries or raspberries and serve with the vanilla sauce. Put it in the freezer and you’ll have a luxurious ice cream!
Baked Apples with Cinnamon
I love making this easy dish as a shortcut to apple pie.
For me, autumn isn’t complete without this simple and sweet warm comfort food, though it’s so spectacular we serve it all year round.
Healthy Dessert with Apples
This healthy recipe calls for apples stuffed with cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean.
I then spike it with lemon rind, currants (though raisins or dried cherries work just as well), and a splash of lemon juice.
Vegan Dessert Easy
This healthy dessert that’s vegan is nutritious and easy to make, yet incredibly decadent.
How to Make Baked Apples
Baked Apples with Cinnamon recipe requires five simple ingredients and a baking dish.
There’s no need to peel the apples.
Simply remove the core, stuff the apples with four incredibly fragrant ingredients, then place in the baking dish and bake the apples right in their skin.
Fruit as Dessert
I adore serving fruit as dessert to my darling family. It’s fantastic fresh or like this, gussied up in the form of cooked fruit.
Low-Carb Dessert Easy
To make this a low-carb dessert that’s easy, I decided not to add any sweetener.
This not only limits carbs but lets the flavor of the apples really shine through!
WAIT… THERE AREN’T REAL APPLES IN THIS RECIPE?
No, there are not. Apples are full of sugar and should not be eaten on a low-carb/ketogenic diet.
In fact, on average, apples contain around 25g of carbohydrates per apple. For this recipe, you’d need several apples to make it.
Therefore, it would be chock full of carbs!
CHOOSING A GOOD CINNAMON
A good cinnamon can make or break a recipe. Most of the time, we opt for whatever ground cinnamon is in the spice aisle and think no further.
Here are some things to consider when thinking about cinnamon and your home cooking.
CEYLON VERSUS CASSIA CINNAMON
Believe it or not, there are two main kinds of cinnamon found on store shelves; ceylon and cassia.
Cassia cinnamon, the most common, comes from the cassia tree, which originated in South China.
Cassia is considered a lower quality cinnamon since it is very cheap. Because of this, most cinnamon on grocery store and supermarket shelves is cassia cinnamon.
It is most widely described to have a stronger, spicier cinnamon flavor.
Ceylon cinnamon, otherwise known as the “true” cinnamon is found in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. This variety is less common and is more expensive than cassia cinnamon.
Since it has a more delicate, sweeter flavor, ceylon cinnamon is thought to be the absolute best cinnamon to use in anything sweet.
If given the choice between these two, opt for ceylon cinnamon if you’re able to find it in stores near you. However, if you prefer the taste of regular cassia cinnamon, it will certainly do the job.
FRESH GROUND CINNAMON
By fresh cinnamon, we are referring to cinnamon that hasn’t yet been ground into a powder.
Some folks swear grinding your own cinnamon stick is the best way to go about cinnamon.
To go about this, first buy whichever type of cinnamon stick you prefer. Break the sticks into smaller piece and place into a coffee grinder.
Grind the cinnamon until it is a fine powder.
Transfer your freshly ground cinnamon to an air-tight storage container and place into your spice cabinet.
You may find cinnamon labeled as organic. Generally, this could indicate it is ceylon cinnamon. Otherwise it probably just follows whatever organic “rules” that particular company has set forth.
Is organic cinnamon worth it? That decision ultimately lies with you. However, the title “organic” usually comes with a higher price tag the product quality doesn’t live up to.
THICKENING THE CINNAMON SAUCE
Depending on how you like your cinnamon apples sauce, you may want to use a thickening agent in this recipe.
We recommend using xanthan gum to thicken things with.
If you’re not familiar with xanthan gum, it is a popular food additive commonly added to thicken and/or stabilize foods. The gum is sold as a white powder and can be found in all kinds of processed foods of today.
For liquids, xanthan is used to thicken the liquid into a more sauce-like consistency.
Since cinnamon apples are normally covered with a thick cinnamon sauce (thick thanks to sugar, normally) you might want to replicate this at home as well.