Apples For Babies: Cinnamon Apples

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Apples are such an amazing fruit and are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants that are amazing for babies. Cinnamon apples are a great way of preparing apples for babies and make a great topping for breakfast items like pancakes, yogurt, and oatmeal. They contain no added sugar and are even great to serve as a snack on their own!

Cinnamon apples served in a black bowl

If you’re looking for a different way to serve apples, look no further! The cinnamon in these cinnamon apples brings out the natural sweetness in the apples and the butter helps soften the apples, making them easy for babies to eat.

What You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make these cinnamon apples:

Ingredients to make cinnamon apples. See recipe card for detailed ingredient quantities.
  • Apples: I love using Fuji or Honeycrisp apples since they have the perfect sweetness and crunch, but other varieties work as well.
  • Cinnamon: Used for added flavor. Cinnamon enhances the natural sweetness of the apples.
  • Butter: Used to cook the apples.

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a pan on low heat and chop your apples into small cubes.
  2. Add the apples to the pan along with the cinnamon.
  3. Stir well until the apples are fully coated.
  4. Cover the pan and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes until the apples fully soften. Stir the apples halfway through to prevent sticking.
Steps to make cinnamon apples. Specifics provided in recipe card.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Apples: You may replace the apples with pears to make cinnamon pears. I use the same exact method for cinnamon pears and they are just as tasty!
  • Butter: The butter may be replaced with oil for a dairy-free alternative.
Cinnamon apples served in a black bowl

Storage Instructions

Once cooled, store the apples in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You may reheat them on a pan or in the microwave for about 10 seconds. They are also great served cold!

Recipe Notes

  • My favorite type of apple to use for this recipe is Fuji apples. They are sweet and crisp and pair perfectly with cinnamon. If you cannot find Fuji apples, I recommend another sweet apple variety such as Honeycrisp. 
  • You may also thinly slice the apples instead of chopping them into small squares. Thinly sliced apples will soften the same way.
Cinnamon apple pancakes topped with cinnamon apples

Other Serving Suggestions

Here are some other options for ways to prepare apples for babies:

  • Thin slices: Apple chunks are a choking hazard. Thinly slice apples paper thin to make them easier and safer for babies to eat.
  • Grated: Use a cheese grater to make apple shavings that are easily gummed. You can let your baby use their hands to palm the apple shavings or serve it on a preloaded spoon. This is a great technique for beginners.
  • Applesauce: You can make your own applesauce by blending together cooked apples with a little water or purchase it premade. If purchasing premade applesauce, look out for the varieties labeled unsweetened with no added sugars.
  • Cooked into baked goods: You can incorporate apples into soft baked goods to make them easy for your little ones to eat. From pancakes to waffles to cookies to muffins, the possibilities are endless!

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Cinnamon apple pancakes topped with cinnamon apples
5 from 6 votes

Cinnamon Apples

Cinnamon apples are a great topping for breakfast items like pancakes, yogurt, and oatmeal. They contain no added sugar and are even great to serve as a snack on their own!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 medium apples
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions 

  • Melt the butter in a pan on low heat.
  • Peel the apples and chop them into small cubes. You may leave the skin on if preferred.
  • Add the apples to the pan along with the cinnamon. Stir well until the apples are fully coated.
  • Cover the pan and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the apples fully soften. Stir the apples halfway through to prevent sticking.

Notes

  • My favorite type of apple to use for this recipe is Fuji apples. They are sweet and crisp and pair perfectly with cinnamon. If you cannot find Fuji apples, I would recommend another sweet apple variety such as Honeycrisp. 
  • You may also thinly slice the apples instead of chopping them into small squares. Thinly sliced apples will soften the same way.

Nutrition

Calories: 146.06kcal, Carbohydrates: 25.55g, Protein: 0.55g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3.65g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.31g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1.48g, Trans Fat: 0.23g, Cholesterol: 15.05mg, Sodium: 2.64mg, Potassium: 198.58mg, Fiber: 4.63g, Sugar: 18.93g, Vitamin A: 274.69IU, Vitamin C: 8.39mg, Calcium: 17.61mg, Iron: 0.26mg
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Until next time, Lily!

About Lily Payen

Hi, I’m Lily! The mama behind Feeding Tiny Bellies. I’m here to help you take some of the stress out of meal times for your little ones. My goal is to create simple recipes with baby in mind that can easily be adapted for the entire family.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I doubled this apple using 2 apples and 2 pears. Served them on cinnamon apple waffles and stirred the leftovers into baked oatmeal the next day. So yummy!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that!😊 I haven’t tried freezing them but I’m sure they could be, though the apples may get a bit soggy when reheated but should still have the same taste😊

  2. 5 stars
    Can we try this cinnamon sprinkles on other fruits, just like taking examples of guava and pears? Will they taste good with cinnamon?
    Thanks for the tips and the post!

    1. Hi Rahul! It can definitely work with other fruits as long as they are firm enough to hold their shape! I haven’t tried with guava but use this method to make cinnamon pears all the time! I hope that you like them if you give it a try!