A simple recipe to make stewed apples without added sugar and with warming spices.
Over the weekend I made stewed apples a couple times for breakfast, then shared it on Sunday morning on Instagram. We had so many DM’s and comments about how to make this so I’m pushing back “today’s” original recipe to quickly share this Fall staple!
Growing up in a Midwest family, we went all out on for Sunday morning breakfast which always included my dads stewed apples typically served with pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs and cheese, and muffins. Although my dad made delicious stewed apples, I distinctly remember adding brown sugar to the pot. Today I’m bringing back stewed apples and I promise this is one of the easiest recipes you’ll make – with a healthier spin on the traditional recipe by using no added sugars. All you need 3-4 fresh apples of your choice, I find that gala, fuji, and honey crisp are my favorites to stew but the beauty is in using whatever you have on hand, what’s seasonal to your region, and what tastes good. You can use this Stewed Apple recipe in so many ways, but here are a couple that we use at home:
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Apples are one of my favorite digestive friendly fruits due to their unique fiber content- containing both insoluble and soluble fiber in apples are great for improving digestion and keeping us regular. Apples have been studied and associated with improving cognitive function, reducing risk of heart disease, diabetes, reducing cholesterol, managing weight, bone health, and digestive health.
Apple’s polyphenol content also contributes to their amazing health and nutrition profile. One of the biggest health benefits of apples relates to digestion, it’s a natural coincidence that raw apple cider vinegar also is great for our digestion. From a culinary perspective, apples are great to add to dishes for added crunch, moisture, texture, crisp bite, and a hint of sweetness without being overpowering.
When baking, applesauce can also be used to replace many of your fat sources like vegetable oil or any other oil/butter called for in recipes- again depending on the recipe. When purchasing, apples are one of those whole foods that I highly recommend you getting organic since you’re eating the skin on them as well.
I’m not a huge fan of eating carbohydrates (apples in this example) by themselves for the pure sake of blood sugar balance and prefer to have carbohydrates with protein and/or a healthy fat – listen to your body and what feels good.
Moving into the cooler months, my body craves cooked apples or pears first thing in the morning, it’s easy on digestion, it’s warming, and a little goes a long way to fill up. I’ll typically serve it with almond butter to add in protein and healthy fats or have a quick protein shake on the side. Think of this recipe more of a small bite/snack rather than a meal.