In this healthy, warm fruit pancake topping recipe, apples are simmered with brown sugar, apple cider and a touch of vanilla extract to make this healthy alternative to maple syrup. This recipe is also fantastic when made with pears.

Stacy Fraser
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2014


Recipe Summary

25 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 1 cup cider and brown sugar to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add apples, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the apples are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons cider and cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir into the apples and cook, stirring, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.



Make Ahead Tip: To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

71 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 18.3g 6% DV; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 15g; fat 0.2g; saturated fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; vitamin a iu 36.4IU 1% DV; vitamin c 3.3mg 6% DV; folate 2.1mcg 1% DV; calcium 10.9mg 1% DV; iron 0.2mg 1% DV; magnesium 5.3mg 2% DV; potassium 107.4mg 3% DV; sodium 3.4mg; thiamin 0mg 2% DV; added sugar 5g.

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Rating: 4 stars
I made this twice. The first time I followed the recipe but the vinegar taste was too strong for my liking. Not sure if it was because I used the Bragg's vinegar or maybe I didn't boil it long enough? The second time i used 3/4 c vinegar and 1/4 cup water and I liked the taste much better. Not sure how this affects the nutrition though. I like this recipe because it's low in fat and sugar and tastes good. Will definitely make again! Glad I found it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We LOVE this recipe and make it a few times each fall/apple season. I make big batches and store it in the freezer to enjoy all year long! Read More