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Sautéed Apples with Spices

Updated: Oct 13, 2022

There’s nothing like raw fruits in the summertime, because they’re so refreshing and cooling. But now that we’re in fall, we need more cooked food, such as cooked apples. Raw apples are cold and drying, and don’t digest as easily as cooked apples. So, let's sauté some apples with warming spices!


  • 1 tbls. ghee (see Note below)

  • 1 tbls. + 1/2 cup water

  • 4 medium sweet apples such as Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Gala (peeled and sliced to 1/4" - 1/2" thick)

  • 1 tsp. arrowroot powder (you can use cornstarch, but you'll need 2 tsp.)

  • 1 tbl. real maple syrup (more or less to your taste)

  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom

  • 1/4 tsp. cloves

Note: Ghee is clarified butter; and clarification is a process that reduces the cholesterol milk-solids in butter. Ghee is used in Ayurveda medicine to help build "ojas" or life essence. You should be able to find it in your grocery store in the aisle with other fats, such as coconut oil.


  • Place the ghee and a tablespoon of water into a sauté pan over medium heat until the ghee is melted.

  • Add the sliced apples and stir to coat with the ghee mixture.

  • Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for 5-6 minutes to soften the apples.

  • In a small bowl, stir together the arrowroot powder and 1/2 cup of water until combined.

  • Add this to the apple mixture along with the maple syrup, vanilla, and spices.

  • Stir until well combined.

  • Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low.

  • Simmer for 4-5 minutes, until the apples are tender and the sauce is thickened.

Cooked apples are great by themselves or mixed in with your oatmeal.


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