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Simple Apple Compote

Looking for an easy apple recipe? This simple apple compote is a great option! Make a big batch to top all your favorite breakfast foods and desserts.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Diabetic
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • 2 cups diced apple peeled and cores removed
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice the juice of half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2-3 tablespoons water if needed


  • Add the apple, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a medium saucepan set over medium heat.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are fork tender– about 15 minutes. If the mixture begins to scorch on the bottom, turn the heat to low and add a few tablespoons of water. We don’t want to burn the apples!
  • When the apples are your desired doneness, remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container.


STORAGE: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
  • Variations: Feel free to add vanilla bean, lemon juice, orange juice, or lemon zest to this easy recipe, if you'd like!
  • Type of apples: This versatile apple compote can be made with any apple varieties, including Fuji, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala apples, etc.
  • Sweetener: You can omit the sweetener if you want a healthier apple mixture to use in a light dessert or breakfast. You can also sweeten your apple compote with honey or maple syrup.


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg