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No Sugar Baked Apple Slices Recipe – How to Make it in 6 Simple Steps

Tied for bananas as the most popular kind of fruit in the United States, apples are delicious both cooked and raw. Our recipe for No Sugar Baked Apple Slices makes a great afternoon snack, a dessert, or a side dish for dinner.

Apple slices with cinnamon in a skillet.

Tied with bananas for the most popular fruit in the United States, apples are crunchy, colorful, sweet, and delicious. Whether you like to eat them fresh with the skin on, chopped as a salad ingredient, or baked into a sweet dessert, apples appeal to almost everyone.

Apple slices with cinnamon in a skillet.

No Sugar Baked Apple Slices Recipe

April Freeman
This recipe takes this incredibly popular fruit and turns it into a lightly sweetened side dish that you can serve alongside another main dish for dinner tonight. It takes very little preparation time, and soon your family will be asking for you to recreate our recipe for No Sugar Baked Apples once again.
Prep Time 15 mins
Baking Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings


  • 9-Inch Square Baking Pan
  • Spatula
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Fork


  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 6 pcs Firm Baking Apples
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch or 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the butter into a lightly greased nine-inch square baking pan. Put the butter in the oven in this pan to melt it.
  • After just a few minutes, the butter should be melted. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a heatproof surface.
  • Wash your apples and slice them into wedges after removing the cores. You can peel the apples or leave the peels on. Whatever you and your family like better is perfectly fine.
  • Put the apples in the baking pan on top of the butter, stirring them to coat them in butter. Sprinkle them with flour, cinnamon, and salt. Drizzle the honey over the apples, along with the water and the vanilla extract. Use a wooden spoon to stir the apples until they are evenly coated with all the other ingredients.
    The apple slices in the baking pan are properly coated with spices.
  • Bake the apples in the preheated oven for about twenty to twenty-five minutes. You want them to be fork-tender, but not overly mushy.
  • Serve warm in bowls. You can serve these as a side item or, top them with whipped cream or ice cream to be a delicious dessert. Refrigerate leftovers in a tightly covered container for up to five days.
    A bowl of freshly-baked apple slices with spices.


Many people choose baked apples with cinnamon as a side dish when going to a meat-and-three type diner for dinner. They may consider making this at home, but then hesitate, thinking that sugar-sweetened apples may not really count as a side dish for an everyday dinner. That is why this recipe can help you. You can create our recipe for No Sugar Baked Apple Slices that are sweetened with natural honey and flavored with cinnamon instead of sugar.
This recipe is not just for dinner, however. If you want to create a homemade, reasonably healthy, warm snack for the kids after school, this recipe will work. This recipe is also a wonderful topping for pancakes or waffles, and it is even great as an accompaniment for yogurt for breakfast.
Additionally, if you want to serve this as a dessert, you can top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, add some chopped pecans or almonds, and a drizzle of caramel syrup. Our recipe for No Sugar Baked Apples is very versatile, and you may find yourself whipping up a batch of these apples at all times of the day.
The choice of apples for this recipe is yours, but you definitely want to limit your choice to a variety of apples that will hold up well in baking. Some varieties of apples break down too much when exposed to heat. These apples are often tasty when you are eating them raw, but may turn to mush when heated.
They are sometimes referred to as “sauce apples.” Apples like Red Delicious and McIntosh are good for eating but won’t work very well with this recipe. Apples that are firmer when you bite into them are usually good for baking.
Apples like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, or Braeburn are very good choices for this recipe. However, if you choose to use a Granny Smith apple, you may want to add a few of another variety of apples along with them. Granny Smith apples are generally pretty tart, and adding other apples will increase the sweetness and complexity of the flavor of this baked apple recipe.
If you find a great deal on apples, you can make a large batch of this recipe and freeze it for future use. Simply make the No Sugar Baked Apple Slices recipe, doubling or even tripling the ingredient quantities. To ensure a good texture to your frozen apples, don’t bake these apples too long.
You want to remove them from the oven when they are still somewhat firm. Allow the apples to cool, spoon them into quart-sized freezer bags, pressing out all the air, and then put them into the freezer to freeze solid. Label the freezer bags with the date and use them within three months.
To thaw, put the freezer bags in the refrigerator overnight before you want to eat them. You can heat the thawed apples in a microwave-safe dish by microwaving them in thirty to sixty-second bursts, stirring them after each burst. You do not have to heat the apples if you don’t want to. They are delicious eaten cold as well.
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