These easy apple turnovers with cinnamon are absolutely delicious, quick to make and as an added bonus contain no refined sugar at all.
I was particularly pleased that my fruit-phobic four-year-old tucked into these therefore getting some fruity goodness without the unfortunate addition of a load of sugar.
How do your kids do after sugar? I’ve found that mine aren’t too bad as long as they’ve had a meal before. A lot on sugar on an empty stomach is a disaster for mood swings and behaviour. For this reason, and also because sugar is pretty bad for their teeth, I try to sweeten treats as naturally as possible. Sometimes that’s by just using fruit alone as in this apple flapjacks recipe. Other times I’ll use honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar. If you do use honey remember not to give it to babies under one year old as it can cause an illness that can make them very ill.
More apple recipes for kids
- Healthy apple cinnamon cookies
- Apple and fig energy balls
- Apple and mincemeat puff pastry swirls
- Apple and carrot hot cross buns
- Naturally sweetened apple flapjacks
- Apple and cinnamon Viennese whirls
- Pippin pie
- Vegan tarte tatin
How to make easy apple turnovers
Apple turnovers are very straightforward to make if you use ready rolled puff pastry. All you need to do is cook the apples, unroll and cut the pastry, fill your turnovers with the apple mixture and seal them together. Oh and bake them in the oven of course.
I prefer to make my apple turnovers free from refined sugar – I find that the apples are plenty sweet enough with a little honey or maple syrup.
If you’d like to make vegan apple turnovers simply use maple syrup instead of honey and brush the pastry at the end with plant milk rather than egg. Most ready made puff pastry is vegan but do check the packet if you’re not sure.
Easy apple turnovers with cinnamon
- 4 large apples peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 375 g ready rolled puff pastry
- 1 egg beaten (use plant milk glaze for vegan version)
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C(fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Cover a baking sheet with greaseproof baking paper.
Put the apples, honey and cinnamon into a saucepan, stir and gently heat through until the apples are starting to soften. Add 1 tbsp water if the mixture starts to stick.
You can use the mixture as it is, or mash it together (I did the latter). Allow to cool (this is important or it'll melt your pastry)
Unroll your puff pastry. Cut into four or eight smaller rectangles, depending on whether you would like to make large or small turnovers.
Put a few spoonfuls of apple mixture into the centre of each rectangle, being careful not to overfill. Press the edges together and lightly brush with beaten egg. To make these into vegan apple turnovers lightly brush with plant based milk instead.
Place on the baking tray and bake for around 15-20 minutes in the centre of the oven or until golden brown.
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NB: This recipe and photographs were updated in November 2018.