This easy Baked Apple Slices recipe is everything you love about apple pie, without the crust! Baked cinnamon apple slices are bathed with a sweet buttery sauce and then baked to perfection. You’ll love these tender, lightly-spiced baked apples slices thanks to a combination of apples for the best flavor and texture.
I love making elaborate desserts. There’s something about moving around in the kitchen, managing multiple parts of a recipe coming together at the same time that just gets me going!
But there are other days when simple is best. This healthy baked apple slices recipe is simple all the way down to the list of ingredients — only eight, most of which you probably have on hand right now.
How to Make Baked Apple Slices
It’s so easy to make this sliced baked apple recipe! Let’s discuss the ingredients first.
- Apples — I prefer using a mixture of tart apples, such as pink ladies, Granny Smith, honey crisp, combined with either red or yellow delicious.
- Lemon juice — this helps keep the apples from browning and adds a little fresh zest to the apple slices too.
- Brown sugar — I love the caramel flavor added to baked apple slices thanks to brown sugar. If you want to go healthy, use coconut sugar instead.
- Cornstarch — We want to create a nice thick sauce around the sliced apples and just a bit of cornstarch does the trick.
- Ground cinnamon — There’s nothing like the flavor combination of cinnamon and apples. I add a generous portion of cinnamon to make this recipe sing! In addition, cinnamon is a healthy spice and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Pumpkin pie spice — Cinnamon’s great and all, but adding a bit of pumpkin pie spice really takes this to another level.
- Salt — We’ll add just a bit of salt to help bring out the sweetness in the tart apples.
- Vegan butter — Ah, the flavor of butter combined with cinnamon apples! It really sets this recipe apart. We’ll add just a bit to help keep the apple slices moist while they bake.
Now that we’ve discussed the ingredients for this sliced apple recipe, let’s talk about the process for making it. Here are the steps to making roasted apple slices:
Step One: Peel and Slice the Apples
Peel and slice the apples and add the slices to a mixing bowl. Immediately toss the apple slices with lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
There are a few tricks for cutting apples. I prefer using a vegetable peeler to remove a thin layer of the peel around the apple. It’s ok if a little bit of peel is left on. Be sure to save those apple peels! I love adding them to my green smoothies.
Then, cut the apples in half and remove the core and slice them into 1/4 inch slices.
Here’s more about the best apples for apple pie (which also works for this recipe) and how to slice them.
Step Two: Create the Cinnamon Drizzle
We’re going to be drizzling the apple slices with a mixture that will create a wonderful sauce around the apples. Here’s how we do that.
In a separate bowl stir together the brown sugar, cornstarch, spices, and salt. Feel free to substitute coconut sugar for a healthier option.
Pour this mixture over the apples and toss to coat all the apple pieces.
Step Three: Bake
Let’s get to the good part — how to bake apple slices. First, spoon the prepared apple slices in layers in the prepared dish. Cut the vegan butter into small cubes and distribute them equally across the top of the apple slices.
Place the dish in the heated oven and bake for 15 minutes, then stir the apples. This helps cook the apple slices more evenly, preventing the top layer from getting dry.
Bake the apple slices for another 10 – 15 minutes, until the top layer of apples are golden brown around the edges and tender. Remove the dish from the oven and allow it to cool slightly before serving.
A note on baking: If you want your apple slices more tender, you can bake them for another 3 – 5 minutes. But be careful because if you bake them too long they will get mushy. I prefer a little spring to my apple slices so this baking time works perfectly for me.
How to Serve Baked Apple Slices
I think sliced baked apples recipes are best when served warm with vegan vanilla ice cream and vegan caramel sauce, such as this healthy date caramel sauce.
Cover any uneaten apple slices and store them in the fridge for up to 7 days. Apple slices can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Vegan Apple Recipes
Want some more vegan apple recipes? These are some favorites:
- This vegan apple pie is perfect for when you want baked apples…with a crust
- Bake this vegan apple crisp with a delicious crumble topping
- Make apples for breakfast with these tasty vegan applesauce muffins
- This apple pie muffins come complete with a crumble topping!
That’s it for these cooked apple slices!
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Baked Apple Slices
- 8 cups peeled and sliced apples (see note on apples)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9X13 dish or 1.5 quart casserole dish with vegetable spray.
- Peel and slice the apples and add to a mixing bowl. Immediately toss with lemon juice. In a seperate bowl stir together the brown sugar, cornstarch, spices, and salt. Sprinkle this over the apples and toss to coat all the apple slices.
- Spoon prepared apple slices in layers in the prepared dish. Cut the vegan butter into small cubes and distribute it equally across the top of the prepared apples.
- Place in the heated oven. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir the apples. Bake for another 10 – 15 minutes, until apples are golden and tender. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
- Serve warm with vegan vanilla ice cream or and vegan caramel sauce.
- Cover any uneaten apple slices and store in the fridge for up to 7 days. Apple slices can be frozen for up to 3 months.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.