Honeycrisp apples poached in apple cider with fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks make for a wholesome and delicious dessert. Just five minutes of prep work goes into this recipe! These poached apples are also delicious paired with yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast.

Poached apple in a small bowl, next to a plate of other poached apples, with cinnamon sticks and ginger slices surrounding

Apples are one of the most widely available and affordable fruits. As a Registered Dietitian, I love to think up new and different ways to enjoy my favorite produce. These cinnamon and ginger poached apples are the most delicious way to prepare apples in a unique way. Plus, your home will smell incredible while the apples cook.

Making poached apples is super simple, and it takes minimal prep work (less than 10 minutes). Most poached apple recipes call for added sugar, but this recipe relies on the natural sugars in apples and apple cider. The result is not cloyingly sweet, with perfectly concentrated sweet and tart apple flavor. Optionally, you can cook down the cider into a syrup to pour over the poached apples after they are done cooking.

This recipe is naturally vegan, gluten free, nut free, soy free, and dairy free.

Ingredients in poached apples

You need just a handful of ingredients to make poached apples:

  • Apples: Select a firmer variety of apples, such as Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Gala.
  • Apple cider: The poaching liquid which imparts even more apple flavor.
  • Fresh ginger
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract

Kitchen tools needed

To make this recipe, you should have a fruit and vegetable peeler and a deep, medium to large saucepan. It also helps to have a pair of kitchen tongs to remove the apples once they are cooked.

Poached apples ingredients measured out on a wooden cutting board

How to make poached apples

Making poached apples is so easy! Start by peeling all the skin off each apple.

Add the apples to your pot, along with slices of fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks.

Pour in the apple cider and water, so liquid covers the top of the apples. Then add the vanilla extract and lemon juice.

Bring the liquid to a simmer, and continue to simmer, partially covered, for about 30 minutes until apples are soft but not falling apart.

To make the optional syrup, remove the apples with tongs and set them aside. Remove and discard the ginger and cinnamon sticks. Boil the apple cider for about 45 minutes until it is reduced to about half a cup and is thick and syrupy.

Drizzle the syrup over the apples to serve.

Peeled apples in a pot with cinnamon sticks and ginger

Serving suggestions

These apples are delicious on their own, especially with the syrup, as a nutritious dessert. They also make a great addition to vanilla ice cream! You can enjoy them for a sweet breakfast on top of yogurt, or chopped up and stirred into oatmeal.

Storing poached apples

You can store poached apples in an airtight container (with the syrup, if you make it) for up to 3 days. Enjoy them cold or reheat in the microwave.

Apples nutrition benefits

Apples are a nutritious fruit to include in your diet. One medium apple provides:

  • 4.4 grams of dietary fiber (16 percent of your daily needs)
  • 8.4 mg Vitamin C (9 percent of your daily needs)
  • A source of several other micronutrients, including potassium, copper, B vitamins, and Vitamin K

Apples are a source of soluble fiber – 1 medium apple has 1 gram. This particular type of fiber is beneficial for heart health. Eating 5-10 grams of soluble fiber per day can help reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.

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Cinnamon Ginger Poached Apples

Honeycrisp apples poached in apple cider with fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks make for a wholesome and delicious dessert. Just five minutes of prep work goes into this recipe! These poached apples are also delicious paired with yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast.

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale

Instructions

  1. Peel apples using a vegetable peeler or small knife. Discard the skin or use for another recipe.
  2. Add peeled apples to a medium-large deep pot, along with cinnamon sticks and ginger slices.
  3. Pour the apple cider and water into the pot. If the liquid does not completely cover the apples, add a little bit more cider or water until it does.
  4. Add lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  5. Simmer the apples, partially covered, for about 30 minutes until soft and easily pierced with a fork.
  6. Remove the apples and set them aside on a plate. Remove and discard of the cinnamon sticks and ginger.
  7. To make optional syrup: Bring liquid to a boil, and boil uncovered for 30-45 minutes, until liquid is reduced to about half a cup and is thick and syrupy.
  8. Pour the syrup over the poached apples.

Notes

Serving suggestions

These apples are delicious on their own, especially with the syrup, as a nutritious dessert. They also make a great addition to vanilla ice cream! You can enjoy them for a sweet breakfast on top of yogurt, or chopped up and stirred into oatmeal.

Storing poached apples

You can store poached apples in an airtight container (with the syrup, if you make it) for up to 3 days. Enjoy them cold or reheat in the microwave.

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