Easy rosh hashanah dessert healthy apple honey roses

Apple Honey Roses {Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free}

Meredith 7:00 am

Apples and honey are traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to symbolize hope for a sweet year ahead.  I love this tradition and it is one my family always incorporates into our New Year’s celebration.  In years past, I would also prepare elaborate desserts incorporating apples (or pears) and honey.  These days, I spend less time preparing dessert.  After researching the health effects of eating too much added sugar (it isn’t just added calories), my family has a daily sugar allotment, and we try our best to stay within it.  We still eat dessert, but it is typically a piece of fresh fruit or some berries.  Delicious, yes.  Celebratory?  Not so much.

A simple, healthy dessert for Rosh Hashanah

This year, I wanted to make a simple yet elegant dessert for my family to enjoy on Rosh Hashanah.  Nothing is simpler than a baked apple for dessert.   Adding a touch of honey and sprinkle of cinnamon rounds out the flavors and make the apple truly delicious.  And by creating delicate slices in the apple prior to baking, it can easily be arranged into a flower.

These apple honey roses are a simple yet beautiful fall dessert.  They are delicious served on their own or can be combined with a delicious coconut pastry cream to make a dairy-free apple rose tart.  The apple honey roses can easily be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for several days.

5 from 2 votes
honey apple roses rolling into flowers
Apple Honey Roses
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Simple and yet elegant, these baked apple roses are a healthy, anytime treat.  {Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo}

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 52 kcal
  • 2 apples * (any apple will work, though I typically use Fuji or Gala)
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 mint leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F

  2. Wash and dry apples
  3. Peel and core apples
  4. Cut apples in half
  5. Uniformly slice apples into thin strips
  6. Transfer sliced apples to baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicon baking liner
  7. Microwave honey in a small dish for 20 seconds. Add cinnamon and mix until combined
  8. Using a pastry brush (or back of spoon), coat sliced apples in honey cinnamon mixture
  9. Bake in oven for 20 minutes at 400°F and then cool completely on baking sheet

  10. Once completely cool, use your fingers and gently squeeze sliced apples to create a long strip. Ensure that apple slices are evenly distributed
  11. Gently roll apple slice strip into a tight spiral
  12. Once all apple roses have been formed, transfer to a serving dish
  13. Garnish with mint leaves (optional). Honey apple roses can be served right away or refrigerated up to overnight. They are delicious served cold or at room temperature
  14. If you prefer the look of a more open rose, you can gently press the apple petals starting from the middle and working out

*Note: Apples are a fruit that I choose to purchase organic.  Read more on pesticides and produce.

Nutrition information (per serving):

  • 52 calories
  • 2 g added sugar
  • 2 g fiber
  • 0 g protein
  • 0 g fat


  1. These are gorgeous and have me totally inspired. Let’s see if I have time to make them before Rosh Hashana! Shana Tova!

  2. How pretty are these!!! I love how fresh and simple this is but they look so fancy!

  3. These are beautiful and perfect for fall/apple season! I’ve seen this done with avocados but never apples. So great!

    • Thanks Mona! I have been on a bit of a “flower” kick lately. Peach roses on top of salad are another personal favorite!

  4. Wow! Love the simplicity of this. And they are so beautiful!! I almost wouldn’t want to eat them… though I say almost 😉

  5. These are SO pretty! I’ll have to remember this the next time I want to impress someone!

  6. These look so pretty. I’d eat them anytime of the year!

  7. I made chocolate pear tarts like this last year and they were NOwhere near as beautiful as these!

  8. I love those for fall entertaining-cute idea

  9. I love this idea! We celebrate Rosh Hashanah, too, and this is such a cute idea. My kids would love it.

  10. What a gorgeous dessert! These would be perfect for any holiday party or get together the next few months. Pinning for later

    • Thanks Chrissy! I am definitely already imagining how to use these apple honey roses in additional upcoming holiday desserts!

  11. These are gorgeous! What a creative idea!

  12. These are so pretty and creative!

  13. Looks like such a simple and beautiful recipe! Definitely a crowd pleaser! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. These are so beautiful! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Rosh Hashanah

  15. These are really cute! My little sous chef would love these!

  16. Move over avocado rose! These are so cute! They’d be perfect for a party!

    • Thanks Liz! I think they also might be delicious as the topping of a tart. They are so easy I may have to try a few different variations!

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