If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then we can’t even begin to speculate what an apple a day with cinnamon will do.
Not only does this tasty bark fight microbes, but it also helps to mitigate inflammation and reduce blood sugar spikes (just a little over a teaspoon mixed into your meal reduces the rate at which the stomach empties after eating, leading to a decrease in the rise of blood sugar. Good news!).
And that’s not all: its delicious, warming scent is also thought to boost brain activity, improving both memory and attention–just the thing, say, for helping to keep focused on your goals.
So go ahead, get your cinnamon fix and start fall off with a productive bang!
Roasted Apples: Ingredients
- 2 lbs apples (about 8 apples); I used honey crisp
- 1 Tbsp apple juice
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400°F and cover a large rimmed baking sheet in parchment paper.
2. Core the apples and cut them into eighths.
3. Toss the apples in a bowl with the remaining ingredients, ensuring that the apples are evenly covered.
4. Pour the apples and their juice on the parchment-covered baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven, being careful of any steam that has built up inside. Give a shake and pour off as much of the liquid as you can. Place the apples back in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until softened and slightly brown.
6. Eat on their own or serve with yogurt, cottage cheese, toasted walnuts, cheese, nut butters, or as a topping on leftover oatmeal.