These fried cinnamon apples are the best fall dessert or afternoon snack. The apple slices are slightly sweetened and sauteéd on the stovetop in under 30 minutes. Top with dairy free ice cream for a simple vegan dessert. Makes 6 – 8 servings.

fried cinnamon apples topped with dairy free ice cream

Why I love these cinnamon apples

Since the pumpkin spice latte is officially back, I think it’s safe to say that everyone is ready for fall. Not that I’m complaining.

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For me, fall brings back a ton of nostalgic memories. The fresh beginnings a new school year brings, the return of cooler weather, the smell of cinnamon. Warm boots and cozy sweaters. Those are the things I remember the most.

Now that my kids are in school (preschool counts, right?), I want them to have them to have special memories like these to look back on when they’re older.

cinnamon fried apples topped with vegan ice cream

Their preschool has an annual apple fundraiser, which means we usually have more apples than we know what to do with.

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So, I started making these fried cinnamon apples as an after school treat, topped with a scoop of Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Caramel Cookie Dough – because the flavor pairing is sheer perfection.

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And, you wouldn’t believe the grins on their little faces when they come home to the smell of freshly stewed apples and cinnamon in the house. It’s worth every bit of effort it takes to make this recipe. Although, if I’m being completely honest, it doesn’t take much effort at all.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make them

  • Chef’s knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Large skillet
  • Optional: apple peeler
  • Apples (we used a mix of gala and granny smith, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Cornstarch
  • Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Caramel Cookie Dough
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How to make fried cinnamon apples

Peel and slice the apples. Start by peeling 6 – 8 apples, depending on size. I used 3 gala apples and 3 granny smith apples. Keep in mind, they will cook faster if you slice them thinner than I did.

Sweeten the apples. Place them in a large bowl and add lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar. Use a spatula or spoon to stir until the apples are evenly coated.

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Fry the apples. Heat a large skillet to medium with a bit of olive oil. Once it’s hot, add the apples and let them cook for about 15 minutes. Be sure to stir them occasionally so they cook evenly.

fried cinnamon apples

Thicken the sauce. In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together 1/2 cup cold water and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Add it to the pan and let the apples continue cooking for about 5 minutes, or until they’re as soft as you’d like.

Serve with warm with ice cream. Remove the apples from the stove and let them cool for about 5 minutes. Top with a scoop of Hudsonville Ice Cream’s Dairy Free Caramel Cookie Dough before serving.

cinnamon fried apples topped with vegan ice cream

FAQs and Tips for making the best cinnamon apples

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More apple recipes you’ll love:

  • Apple pie bars
  • Apple rosemary chicken and dumplings
  • Maple bourbon apple tarts
  • Apple cider sangria
  • Fennel apple salad

More dairy free ice cream recipes:

  • Grasshopper pie
  • Hot fudge recipe
  • Ice cream pie
  • Brownie sundae


Last Updated on July 24, 2020 by Melissa Belanger

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