Sweet and salty, this Roasted Apple Brussels Sprouts side dish will melt in your mouth and blow your mind. Easy to make!
- 1 lb (16 oz) brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed, halved lengthwise (see note 1)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dried apples, chopped (see note 2)
- 1/2 cup apple cider (see note 3)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup, optional but recommended
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 3/4 tsp sea salt, to taste
- Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- Prep: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205 degrees Celsius).
- Mix: In a medium to large bowl, pour in the apple cider and maple syrup, then add the spices and whisk to combine (leave out the chopped dried apples for now). Throw in the brussels sprouts. It’s OK if some of the leaves are falling off. Include those. Toss well and pour everything into a rimmed baking dish.
- Cook: Bake covered for 20 minutes, then stir and add the apple pieces. Bake uncovered for about 15-25 minutes, depending on how soft you like your brussels. Test with a fork when you think they’re done.
- Serve: That’s it! Serve and enjoy. I highly recommend these on the side of a hearty main like vegan ham or my seitan turkey. If you’re gluten-free, try my Mushroom Lentil Loaf or Smoky Shepherd’s Pie!
- Store: Refrigerate leftovers up to 3 days in an airtight container. Cooked vegetables don’t tend to last much longer than 3 days, so enjoy soon for best results!
- Note 1: Cut the bottom chunk of stem off (about ⅛”) (save these for stir frys!), and halve them lengthwise. If you have some big and some small, quarter the large ones and halve the small ones. Frozen brussels sprouts just don’t have the same texture. If all you have is frozen, I’d try cooking this stovetop and adding the other ingredients with them in a small pot, then letting them simmer until heated through.
- Note 2: The dried apples will get softened in the oven if you’re worried about the chew. You can use fresh apples instead, but they will not have much of a texture after the cooking process, they will be soft and a bit mushy. If you wanted to substitute another dried fruit you could also do that. Dried cranberries or apricots would be absolutely delicious in this recipe.
- Note 3: You can substitute apple juice for apple cider, but it is a little bit more watered down so try to use apple cider if you can find it. Some stores sell a shelf stable version that is pretty good!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Category: Side
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Vegan, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free