When it comes to apples, there are endless possibilities for ways to enjoy them. One of my favorites is stewing them on the hob until they’re soft and sweet. Once they’re cooked, I love to eat them with things like yogurt, vanilla ice cream, or caramel sauce.
You might be wondering what other tasty things are there that go well with this nutritious and sweet delight.
There are plenty of delicious things you can eat with stewed apples:
- Overnight oats
- Fruit salad
- Pancakes and waffles
- Fruit cobbler
- With pork dishes
- Dried fruit
Read on to see the recipes for these ideas. I’ve found all the different ways to use up a batch of stewed apples, including the best way to make and store them so that it keeps for a long time.
Here is my list of all the tasty and wholesome treats you can make with this versatile dish.
1. Mix Them Into Plain Or Vanilla Yogurt
One of the easiest combos you can make with stewed apples. Not only do apples and yogurt taste great together, but they also provide each other with essential nutrients that the other lacks.
Yogurt provides vitamins and minerals like calcium, zinc, B12, and probiotics, while apples fill in with fiber and vitamin C that yogurt is lacking.
No recipe needed for this one – just top your favorite yogurt with apples and add some honey or syrup if you like it sweeter.
2. Add Them To Overnight Oats
This is a fiber and nutrient-rich start to the day and also very satisfying. As it’s made the night before, it’s ready to go in the morning.
For this hearty and filling breakfast, mix stewed apples with oats, cinnamon, and milk. Let it sit overnight in the fridge and enjoy it in the morning. The oats will absorb the moisture from the apples and milk to become super soft and delicious.
Try this recipe – Stewed Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
3. Make A Healthy Fruit Salad
Fruit salads are a great way to use up stewed apples and the combinations are endless. Mix them with other fruits like blueberries, bananas, grapes, and strawberries. Add a little bit of honey or agave nectar to sweeten if necessary.
4. Top Them With Granola Or Cereal
A simple one, but so effective. Add some of your favorite granola or cereal to stewed apples and enjoy a filling breakfast that will give you sustained energy throughout the morning. Added yogurt is great too.
Granola and oatmeal are both great ways to start the day, and adding stewed apples to either of them makes them even better. The sweetness of the apples compliments the nuttiness of the granola, and the texture is just perfect.
5. Topping On Pancakes Or Waffles
Try something different for breakfast and top your pancakes or waffles with stewed apples instead of just syrup. The sweetness of the apples will be a perfect complement and is a more nutritious start to the day.
The recipe below makes a gooey caramel apple topping with stewed apples, cinnamon, and some maple syrup. You can of course leave out the syrup if you want it to be healthier.
Try this recipe – Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
6. Make A Fruit Cobbler Or Crisp With Them
Fruit cobblers, crisps, and crumbles are always a hit with family and friends and the ultimate old-fashioned dessert when the nights start getting colder. And they’re so easy to make! Simply add stewed apples to a baking dish, top with your favorite cobbler or crumble mix, and bake.
Try this recipe – Apple Cobbler
7. Apple And Cinnamon Oatmeal
After you cook some stewed apples using the recipe below, don’t let them go to waste, make a healthy cooked breakfast porridge even tastier! Oats are slow-release carbs, so they’ll help keep you full of energy all morning long.
They are also good for your cholesterol and give a boost to your immune system. The sweetness of the cinnamon apples pairs perfectly with the creamy oats so it works really well.
8. Serve Them With Pork Or Chicken Dishes
A more unusual entry to the list as we are pairing it with a savory dish. This will work best if your stewed apples aren’t too sweet and don’t have any spices like cinnamon in them.
Stewed apples are the perfect accompaniment to pork or chicken dishes as the tangy flavor cuts through the richer cuts of meat. The sweet but slightly tart and caramel taste of the cooked apples contrasts the flavor of the meat, and they make a healthy and tasty alternative to other side dishes such as potatoes.
9. Mix With Dried Fruit For A Nutritious Snack
For a quick and easy snack, mix stewed apples with dried fruit such as raisins, apricots, or figs. This is a great way to use up any stewed apples that you have left over, and it’s a healthy and nutritious snack that will keep you going until your next meal.
If you want an extra special dessert, add some rum to the dried fruit while heating on the hob – flambe it by igniting it if you want. Serve with vanilla ice cream and the stewed apples.
Try this recipe – Flaming rum and raisin dessert
10. Use In Traybakes Like Date and Apple Squares
You can add them to other fruits and oats and bake them in a rectangular tray pan. The caramel taste of a cooked apple mixture can be used to complement the oaty sweetness and chewy texture of these delicious date and apple squares.
When the days get shorter and colder, this makes for a great pick-me-up to have with your morning coffee.
Try this recipe – Date and apple squares
How to Make and Store Stewed Apples
This is such a simple process that it’s hard to go wrong really, but if you’re like me and need a straightforward recipe to follow, the one below works really well.
You also only need one pan which is the type of cooking I like!
- 6-8 medium apples, peeled, cored, and diced
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Add apples to a large saucepan with the water, sugar, and cinnamon.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until the apples are soft.
- Taste the mixture to see if it’s to your liking. If the apples are too sharp add more sugar, or if they are too sweet, a dash of lemon juice.
- Remove from heat and eat or allow to cool.
Stewed apples can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
What’s The Best Apple For Stewing?
You can stew all apples but they will differ in sweetness and texture. Some apples’ flesh holds together better when cooked while some turn into a puree.
The best apples to use for stewing are Granny Smith or Bramley apples, as they hold their shape and texture well. However, these apples do have a more tart flavor, so if you’re looking for something more subtle, opt for Golden Delicious instead. These apples will result in a softer, sweeter mix.
If you’re going to use your stewed apples as an apple pie filling or crumble base, another good apple to use are Jonathans. If you are cooking with softer “eating apples” then see my guide on how to cook with eating apples.
Can You Stew Apples With The Skins On?
You can stew apples with the skins on, but I prefer to peel them off as it results in a smoother mixture. Skins do give an interesting texture you might like (read my post on how to cook apples with skins)
If you’re short on time, you could leave the skins on and simply give them a good wash before adding them to the pan. The skins also have lots of fiber and other nutrients.
How Can I Make My Stewed Apples Healthier?
There are a few swaps you can make to this recipe if you’re looking for a healthier version.
Stew them with the skins on for more fiber, vitamins minerals, and antioxidants. The skin has 2/3rds of the fiber found in the whole apple and is packed with vitamins A, C, K, calcium, and potassium.
Instead of refined white sugar, use small amounts of brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup. You could also omit the sugar altogether if you prefer. The apples will be less sweet but still lovely and soft.
If you want to up the nutrients even more, add a couple of handfuls of dried fruit such as raisins, apricots, or figs when you simmer the apples.
I hope you have found some useful ideas on what to eat with your stewed apples. The stewed apple recipe I’ve provided is a great way to use up a glut of apples from your yard so that none go to waste.
Stewed apples are a versatile, healthy, and tasty addition to any meal or snack. Try them with yogurt, granola, overnight oats, or dried fruit for a quick and easy snack or breakfast, or use them to make traybakes, oatmeal, or pie fillings.
But my favorite is to just eat them spooned over a bowl of vanilla ice cream!