A good breakfast is the start of your day. That makes it one of the most important meals of the day. Or so I like to think. This apple compote is made with chestnuts to give it that autumn feel. I like to eat it with coconut yogurt for a good beginning of my day!

apple compote with chestnuts

Apple compote with chestnuts

If you would have to pick one ingredient that screams autumn, which one would you choose? I have to decide between pumpkin and chestnuts I think. While the pumpkin is more versatile there is something utterly satisfying about chestnuts.

To peel or not to peel

The first time I tried out chestnuts I bought them whole. It was for a turkey stuffing so you can imagine how much I needed in that particular recipe. I set myself the task to cook the chestnuts and then peel. What a nightmare. My fingers where sore and blistered after having gone through all of them and I made myself the promise to never do this task myself again. And I don’t really have to. Chestnuts can be easily bought cooked and vacuum sealed. At least when it is the right season.


Which leads me to the next possible issue. If you do use pre-cooked chestnuts, you will find that they become mushy fast if you process them too long. So make sure you don’t overcook them. In this apple compote recipe the total recipe needs only 15 minutes. That can already be too much for the chestnuts.

Alternatively you can prepare the chestnuts separately and just briefly fry them in a pan and then add to the apple. That way you will make sure to not overcook them. I like to serve the apple compote with chestnuts over coconut yogurt. Also good to have with a glass of delicious ginger tea.

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apple compote with chestnuts

Apple compote with chestnuts

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Delicious and perfect for a winter breakfast
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Prep time 5 minutes
Cooking time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes

2 people


  • 2 apples core removed peel and cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 gr cooked chestnuts in cubes about 1 cup
  • 75 ml orange juice more if you want 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 40 gr pistachio nuts chopped
  • coconut yogurt to serve

  • Heat a small sauce pan with the olive oil and add the pieces of apple to it. Bake them quickly. You can now add the chestnuts, the star anise, cinnamon stick and maple syrup.
  • Add the orange juice and leave to simmer on low heat until the apple becomes soft. This is usually 15 minutes, depending on the type of apple. Add more orange juice if the pan becomes too dry.
  • Before serving remove the cinnamon stick and the star anise. Serve with coconut yogurt and chopped pistachio nuts.


If you want to make sure your chestnuts do not become too mushy, keep them away from the apples and prepare them in a separate pan. Heat this with some oil on high heat and quickly brown the chestnuts. Add them to the apple compote later.

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 784mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist