Simple Sautéed Apples

Simple sautéed apples on small wooden plate, topped with walnuts and flaky salt, with a golden fork on gray/white surface with golden yellow linen

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These simple sautéed apples taste like apple pie filling and can top anything your heart desires! Spoon warm over your morning oatmeal, pancakes, cakes, ice cream, or French toast. Or, serve chilled on top of yogurt or overnight oats.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 large or 3 medium apples, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (+ more to taste)


  1. Apples. Add the sliced apples to a bowl and toss in lemon juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Preheat. Heat coconut oil in a sauté pan over medium heat until melted and hot (should move quickly across the pan when you tilt it).
  3. Sauté apples. Add the apple-cinnamon mixture to the pan and sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes until softened and warm, stirring occasionally to get all sides of the apples exposed to the heat. Once done, remove from heat and serve warm, or transfer to a container to enjoy later.


  1. Serving suggestions: These sautéed apples are delicious served warm over pancakes, French toast, warm oatmeal, and as a dessert topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. They are also delicious served chilled in yogurt parfaits, on vanilla ice cream, or in overnight oats.
  2. Apples: You can use your favorite kind of apple! For the best flavor, I recommend sweet-tart varieties, such as Honeycrisp, Jazz, Fuji, Pink Lady, or Granny Smith (more on the tart side).