Transform normal apples into refined sugar-free Sliced Baked Apples with this super simple method that takes just 5 minutes to prep. They’re a healthy topping for oatmeal, yogurt, and pancakes—and are also perfect for baby led weaning!

baked apple slices on plate Sliced Baked Apples

I almost always tend to have an apple or two left at the end of the week, and while my kids don’t always love to eat them fresh, they do love them turned into baked apples! This super simple method transforms apples into sweet slices of goodness without any need for extra sugar or fancy ingredients.

Simple Baked Apples

These slices are tender and soft, so they’re a perfect texture for babies starting solids with baby led weaning, toddlers, or even us parents. We love them plain as a snack cold out of the fridge, warmed slightly, served with oatmeal or yogurt, or as a side with dinners including roasted chicken and pork chops. Plus? They only require three basic ingredients.

TIP: You can add extra flavor to this recipe by adding ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger or Chinese five spice powder.

Best Apples for Roasting

I prefer to use harder cooking apples in this recipe for Sliced Baked Apples including Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Jonagold, and Jonathan, BUT it works with any apple. Apple varieties such as Gala and Golden Delicious may cook slightly faster and be softer, but they still work well.

ingredients in baked apple slicesIngredients in Sliced Baked Apples

To make this recipe you’ll need:

TIP: To make this recipe dairy-free, use the coconut oil option.

How to Make Sliced Baked Apples Step-by-Step Process

Here’s a look at the simple process involved in making this recipe.

  1. Preheat your oven and slice your apples to an even thickness of about 1/2-inch.
  2. Place baking pan into oven with oil or butter to warm and melt. Add apples.
  3. Add cinnamon, toss to coat, and bake.
  4. The apples are done when they are very tender when poked with a fork or pairing knife.

TIP: You can also dice the apples before roasting if you prefer to have smaller pieces of apples.

What should I serve these roasted apples with?

We like these apples cold straight out of the fridge as a snack, warmed with oatmeal or yogurt, over pancakes, or served alongside roasted chicken or pork chops.

baby with apple slices

Baked Apple Slices for Baby Led Weaning

These tender slices of apples are perfect for the baby led weaning style of starting solids. They are large enough for a baby to easily hold, are soft for sucking on, and are easy to make ahead.

TIP: Be sure to let the slices cool before serving to a baby or toddler. Bite into one yourself to be sure that the inside is totally cooled.

How to Freeze Sliced Baked Apples

You can freeze some of these apple slices to use later by simply allowing them to cool, then placing into a zip top freezer bag. Press the apples flat into one even layer and freeze flat to avoid the apples freezing together in a large clump. Then, when you want to serve up a few, simply break them off and thaw at room temperature, in the fridge, or quickly in the microwave.

TIP: You can also add frozen slices directly to smoothies.

slices of baked apples on plate with cinnamonTips for Making the Best Sliced Baked Apples

  • Store leftovers, once cooled, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve cold or warmed.
  • To freeze, let apples cool completely and store in a single layer in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer for up 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or at room temperature.
  • You can add frozen baked apples directly to smoothies.
  • Serve warm apples over yogurt, oatmeal, or pancakes.
  • Serve alongside savory dinners such as roasted chicken or pork chops.
  • Use Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Fuji, or any other slightly firm apple you like.
  • Add ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger or Chinese five spice powder for additional flavor.

I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe, so please comment below to share!

baked apple slices on plate

So Easy Sliced Baked Apples

We like these apples warm or cold out of the fridge, so see what your kids like best!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cuisine American
Course side
Calories 97kcal
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 3-4 medium apples (about 3 cups sliced; core discarded)
  • 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place the butter or oil into a pie plate or baking dish. Warm in the oven for a few minutes to melt. Remove from oven.
  • Slice the apples into approximately 1/2-inch slices and discard the cores. Place into the baking dish with the oil.
  • Add the cinnamon and toss to combine.
  • Bake for 28-34 minutes, or until tender when poked with a fork.
  • Serve in slices or cut up into smaller pieces and serve over yogurt, oatmeal, or pancakes.

Notes

  • Store leftovers, once cooled, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve cold or warmed.
  • To freeze, let apples cool completely and store in a single layer in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer for up 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or at room temperature.
  • You can add frozen baked apples directly to smoothies.
  • Serve warm apples over yogurt, oatmeal, or pancakes.
  • Serve alongside savory dinners such as roasted chicken or pork chops.
  • Use Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Fuji, or any other slightly firm apple you like.
  • Add ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger or Chinese five spice powder for additional flavor.

 

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 148mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 162IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I received a lot of “late”apples, can’t wait to use in oatmeal, side dish for pork, and as a snack. Increased the spices, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg. So delicious, and I love I can freeze them also!

  2. 5 stars
    Ive made these soo many times now for my kiddo. One of her favorite things to eat and she has now learned to request it. Thank you so much! Sending love from the Philippines! 🇵🇭

  3. I made these with apple pie spice in place of cinnamon and added half tsp brown sugar & vanilla. Served for desert with whipped cream for my 6 & 7 year olds, so yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    My toddler and preschooler both love these! My toddler is extremely picky about fruit but will easily eat two or three servings of these in one meal!

    1. I usually leave it on since it helps the apple hold together. Baby usually spits it out. If that makes you nervous, you can peel them.