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pan of baked apple slices in caramel syrup

Cider Baked Apple Slices (Gluten Free + Paleo Dessert)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 1 hr 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Baked apple slices, hot and bubbly in naturally sweet apple cider with warm spices. Make this paleo dessert recipe to welcome fall!


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup butter (8 Tablespoons) or vegan butter/ghee for lactose free
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar or coconut sugar (see notes for less sugar option)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 56 cups (250 -260 grams) of sliced apples (red, green, or mixed)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice mixed with 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (this combo acts as the apple cider part)
  • optional: 1/3 cup toasted nuts topping


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Slice your apples. Leave peel on. Place in a large bowl.
  2. In a small pot, combine the butter, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, and spices.
  3. Bring to a soft boil and then reduce to low for 5 minutes. Just until it thickens or “caramelizes” a bit.
  4. Next pour the caramelized sugar over your apples in a bowl. Mix thorough.
  5. Place caramelized apples in a large casserole dish. Spread out evenly. Pour the apple juice/cider mix evenly on top.
  6. Sprinkle extra sugar and/or nuts if desired.
  7. Place in oven at 325 F for 1 hour, mixing apples halfway through baking.
  8. Remove from oven and serve immediately or cover, refrigerate and cool for later use.
  9. If serving later, rewarm in oven when ready.


Works well with vegan butter or ghee if you need to adjust for paleo/vegan. Great to make ahead and then reheat for serving.

Instead of nut topping, you can add in seeds or even leave without.

For lower sugar option feel free to use Monk fruit or baking stevia.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hr 5 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 195
  • Sugar: 20 g
  • Sodium: 3.9 mg
  • Fat: 11.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.6 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 30.5 mg

Keywords: caramelized apples, baked apple slices, fall dessert recipe, gluten free desserts, paleo dessert