A sweet side dish that’s great for the holidays or any weekday! Our Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake is made with only 5 ingredients and is easy to prep. The pecans sprinkled on top with the optional maple syrup give this dish a nutty and sweet flavor.
A simple side dish made with less than 5 ingredients.
Eating real food doesn’t have to be complicated or require hours upon hours in the kitchen. Consuming a real food diet can be done in a simple, delicious and sustainable way, and it’s our goal to teach you just that. This Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake can be prepped and in the oven in less than 10 minutes. You can use the time it’s in the oven to prepare the rest of the meal you’re serving and you may even have enough time to clean the kitchen or hang out with your family. As a new mom and much less time for cooking, I’m on a mission to continue to share real food recipes that are made with less than 10 ingredients and don’t require a lot of time.
Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake is perfect for your holiday table OR could make a great addition to easy weeknight meals.
Just because this recipe is incredibly simple to make, doesn’t mean it can’t belong on a holiday menu. In fact, this side dish will make the perfect addition to your holiday menu. It will bring ease to your day and add flavor to your meal. Just imagine it served up with a big ol’ roasted turkey, Roasted Brussels with Feta and Cranberries, Massaged Kale Salad and Slow Cooker Mulled Wine. OK, I just inspired myself to make that meal for the upcoming holidays!
I also like to serve Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake as part of a quick weeknight meal. It makes for a tasty side dish that can be paired with a choice of protein such as pork tenderloin or baked chicken thighs and a veggie of your choosing – perhaps steamed green beans or roasted Brussels. If you have leftovers, you can even enjoy those for breakfast along with a couple of our Turkey Apple Sausage Patties.
No need to add sugar – this recipe is Whole30-friendly!
This recipe has absolutely no added sweeteners. The apples are sweet enough, my friend! Because there are no added sugars, this recipe is also Whole30-friendly!
But whether you’re doing a Whole30 or not, this recipe is one you want to try and one your entire family will love. Additionally, it provides a good source of soluble fiber and is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients!
If you’re not in search of a no-added-sugar recipe and would like to add a touch of maple syrup, you absolutely can. The maple adds such a delicious flavor especially in addition to the chopped pecans, which are also optional.
What kind of apples should you use in this recipe?
Great question! Apples come in several different varieties – different colors, textures, sweetness, and overall taste. Some are better for baking and some are better for eating. Because there are no added sweeteners in this recipe, Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake is made best with a sweet, crisp apple. Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, Gala and Fuji all work great! Apples are best to be purchased organically and that’s because of the high amounts of pesticide residue on conventionally grown apples.
It’s time to gather the ingredients and get this Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake in the oven.
Bonus: It will make your home smell AMAZINGLY “fall-like!”
- 2 medium apples, sliced (fuji, gala or honey crisp work great)
- 2 medium (8-9 oz. each) sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/8th-1/4-inch. rounds
- 3 tablespoons ghee or butter, divided (for vegan-friendly, sub coconut oil)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Sea salt
- Optional – 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- Optional – 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 375℉.
- In a 9×13 inch casserole dish, combine the sweet potatoes, apples, 2 tablespoons melted ghee or butter, water, and cinnamon.
- Mix until apples and sweet potatoes are evenly coated.
- Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
- After 40 minutes, remove foil, add optional pecans, stir and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are cooked through to your liking.
- Remove from oven, toss or drizzle with 1 tablespoon melted ghee or butter and dash with cinnamon and a little sea salt.
- Optional – Drizzle with a little maple syrup and top with additional chopped pecans.
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- Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe
- Calories: 130
- Fat: 5 g
- Sodium: 75 mg
- Carbohydrate: 22 g
- (Fiber: 4 g
- Sugar: 9 g)
- Protein: 1 g
Photo Credit: The photos in this blog post were taken by Jess of Plays Well with Butter.
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