When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of Apple Pie!!! What I found I like about the pie is the apples – so one year, an idea popped in my head.  What if I made extra apples for me and ate them separately?  I could still have some whip cream on top and by eliminating the crust, I would save the calories. That was nine years ago, and it’s still the way I prefer to eat my apple pie – without the crust! 

So, if you want a healthy yet sweet way to use apples and if you don’t want to make an apple pie or applesauce… how about this Healthy Cinnamon Apple recipe! 

I found this recipe years ago but have changed it over the years because I like more nutmeg and clove flavoring and I reduce the allspice.


  • 4-5 pounds apples cored and sliced (not too thin, or they will break up.  I like to cut each apple into 8 wedges)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free sweetener or honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove (optional)
  • 2-3 teaspoons arrowroot or organic cornstarch or 1 teaspoon glucomannan (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  • Place the apples and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Toss until butter has melted and is coating the apples.
  • Mix apple juice, sweetener, cinnamon, allspice and salt and pour over the apples. Toss. Cover with a lid and simmer on medium-low heat for around five minutes.
  • Uncover and toss. Either simmer until thickened or add arrowroot/cornstarch/glucomannan and toss quickly. 
  • Stir in apple cider vinegar and serve hot or chilled.

Submitted By Rachel Harshfield