I'd say I'm more of a vegetable than fruit girl. And since I have to pretty much force myself to eat fruit, I often end up with a lot of distressed fruit in my house. Next to bananas (that is another story entirely), among the distressed are most commonly apples. Therefore, I'm always looking for yummy things to do with overripe apples. If you're the same, then this Apple Cinnamon Topping recipe is for you!
It is unbelievably delicious and I have made it Weight Watchers friendly and cut the points to 4 WW points on my plan. It makes a great apple dessert or topping for pancakes, waffles and much more. It's very popular during apple season, but great any time of the year!
There are some things you can only get in the States and IHOP food used to be one of them. We always used to hit an IHOP on our summer vacations and that's where I fell in love with this apple topping. Sadly, although we now have IHOP in Canada, the Canadian IHOP doesn't have any apple topping on their menu.
This recipe was inspired by the Cinnamon Apple Topping for Pancakes that I had at IHOP in the United States years ago. But I wanted to reduce the calorie count and make a Weight Watchers friendlier version. And this topping is amazing with my Weight Watchers friendly IHOP copycat Harvest Grain & Nut Pancakes! That's how I originally tried it and it's a match made in heaven.... So if you're looking for pancake toppings, and want to make boring old pancakes into apple cinnamon pancakes, you'll love this recipe!
This is also a great apple topping for:
- French toast
- waffles (shown below)
- nice cream
- Greek yogurt
- frozen yogurt (shown below)
- vanilla ice cream
But I need to be clear about something....this isn't some boring old apple compote, which is, in essence, just chunky apple sauce anyway. This apple cinnamon sauce has much more depth of flavor; it's rich and buttery with maple undertones. For this recipe you'll need:
- large apples (you can use Granny Smith apples or any type of apple!)
- unsweetened apple sauce
- light brown sugar
- maple syrup (low sugar)
- butter extract
- maple extract
- unsalted butter
- lemon juice
🍎What to do with overripe apples
Apples don't seem to last very long and I'm always trying to find things to do with them (along my other distressed fruit) so that they don't go to waste. I love this recipe because it's healthy, quick and easy to make. It's a good thing that's the case because it only lasts about an hour in my house! Here are some other ways to used overripe apples:
- Sugar-free Pure Fruit Popsicles
- Healthy Apple Crisp in a Mug
- Weight Watchers Apple Crisp
- Apple Pie Cookies
- Caramel Apple Betty Dessert Shooters
You will need a small saucepan for this recipe, as well as a cutting board, a good slicing and paring knife. I would also highly recommend an apple corer and slicer (affiliate link).
👪 Serving Size
This easy recipe makes 9 servings. However, you can half, double or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust. You'll just need a larger saucepan if you double or triple the recipe.
You can store this apple cinnamon topping in a airtight container for up to 3 days and it can be reheated just prior to serving (in microwave or saucepan on stovetop). It can also be frozen in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
I'm urging you, before it's too late, save your distressed apples and make this amazing Weight Watchers Apple Cinnamon Topping!
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📋 Apple Cinnamon Topping Recipe
- Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan.
- Stir over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, then turn heat down to medium- low until apples are very tender.
- Serve apple topping over warm pancakes, waffles, yogurt, ice cream or frozen yogurt.