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These 3-Ingredient Sautéed Apples Are a Healthy, Kid-Friendly Snack

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Why don’t I ever sauté fruit? Sure, I’ve done it every once in a while as part of a planned recipe, but looking at this simple recipe for sautéed apples made me realize that I basically never cook fruit like this, and I really should. It’s easy, tasty, and makes a healthy dessert or snack for any time of day. 

Sautéing apples in a bit of butter or oil with cinnamon makes a candy-sweet snack, and it doesn’t even include any extra sugar. You could put them on top of anything, like yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, or ice cream. But you could also just make them as a kid-friendly snack or side dish. I bet they’re even a good side dish with savory meals like roast chicken or pork. 

It’s so easy you barely need a recipe. Just core and chop a few apples and add them to a skillet of warmed butter or coconut oil. Cook them over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. They should be tender when pierced with a fork, but not soft enough to fall apart into applesauce (unless that’s what you’re going for). Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the apples and give them a stir. 

You can use whatever kind of apple you like best for this. The author recommends harder apples that are good for cooking, because they’ll keep some of their firmness and be less likely to fall apart. But you can use a soft apple like a Gala too; the author says it will taste as good, and it will probably just take less time for the apples to cook. 

These apples taste fantastic served warm right out of the pan, especially if you’re doing the ice cream thing. But they’re also good cold, and you can put them in a container and keep them in the refrigerator for a few days. They’d also be a great snack in a lunch box. 

Get the recipe: Simple Sauteed Apples from Yummy Toddler Food

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman/Kitchn; Food Stylist: Pearl Jones/Kitchn

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