Hello my fine folks! It’s apple season, and I am going bananas for apples. Or should I say I’m going apples for apples? Um, okay…. moving on. Today I have 50+ healthy apple recipes for you to try this fall. Plus information about which varieties are in season during early, mid and late season. What is the best way to store apples and which apples are best for baking and which are best for snacking!

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45 Healthy Apple Recipes

Did I say bananas? I mean I am an apple nut.

Joking aside, I mean it. I really love apples so much. Obsessed even.

My apple obsession began when I was a kid. My mom tells me I “had” to have one in my lunchbox every day. Always the discerning foodie (aka high-maitenence-pain-in-the-butt-to-pack-a-lunchbox-for) I was not into the mealy varieties like Red Delicious. I wanted them hard and crisp like a Granny Smith.

In the nineties, my mom ended up moving to Vermont and bought an apple orchard with dozens of varieties I’d never tried. That’s when I had my first Macoun. They are one of those old-fashioned varieties that don’t keep or travel well, so a lot of folks haven’t tried them. [By the way, it’s pronounced either mac-cowan or macoon depending on who you ask.] If you haven’t had one, they are worth seeking out. They are full of juicy flavor and really crisp. I wonder what my college roommate thought about the fact that I used to store a peck of Macouns next to the Saranac Black and Tan in our dorm fridge.

Now-a-days I prefer to snack on Honey Crisp apples- I mean c’mon- who doesn’t LOVE Honey Crisp apples?!!! Woot woot! Read on to find out more about different varieties of apples and find 50 plus healthy recipes for apple season!

Girls apple picking | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Early Season Apple Varieties

Paula Reds

Jersey Mac

Ginger Gold

Mid-Season Apple Varieties

McIntosh

Cortland

Empire

Red Delicious

Golden Delicious

Honey Crisp

Liberty

Honey Gold

Macoun

Fuji

Gala

Late Season Apple Varieties

Mutzu (Crispn)

Fireside

Frostbite

Haralson

Keepsake

Northern Spy

Regent

Snow Sweet

Apples Best For Storing

Honey Crisp

Mutsu

Northern Spy

Ambrosia

Braeburn

Fuji

Honey Crisp

Jazz

Pinata

Pink Lady

Sweet Tango

Apples Best For Baking

McIntosh (they become saucy, so are best mixed with other more firm apples. You can read more about that here.)

Cortland

Empire

Ginger Gold

Golden Delicious

Jonagold

Rome Beauty

Red Rome

Apples Best For Snacking

Ambrosia

Braeburn

Fuji

Honey Crisp

Jazz

Pinata

Pink Lady

Sweet Tango

 

The Best Way To Store Apples

That expression, one bad apple spoils the whole bunch is based on the fact that apples give off ethylene as they ripen. Ethylene causes fruits to ripen. This is useful if you’re trying to soften an avocado or banana, just put them into a paper bag with an apple or two and seal it shut to hold in the ethylene. Otherwise, for storing apples it is best to keep them away from other fruits and vegetables so they don’t cause them to rot. Apples should be kept as cold as possible without freezing. For the longest term storage wrap each apple in a thin sheet of acid free tissue paper in a produce crisper drawer of a fridge.

Now On to the Healthy Apple Recipes to try this Fall!

Breakfast with Apples 

applesauce and yogurt bowls 

With Food and Love | No Recipe Stovetop Applesauce Yogurt Bowls

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Apple Cheddar and Sausage Breakfast Strata

All Day I Dream About Food | Low-Carb Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Floating Kitchen | Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl

Green Apple Smoothie

Healthy Seasonal Recipes Green Apple Smoothie {Vegan} 

The Lemon Bowl | Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie

Apple Gingerbread Pancakes

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Apple Gingerbread Pancakes

The Lemon Bowl | Apple Pie Refrigerator Oatmeal

Lauren Kelly Nutrition | Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Caramel Apple Cider Hot Fruit bake

Cotter Crunch | Caramel Apple Cider Hot Fruit Bake {Gluten-free}

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Maple Caramelized Apple Stuffed French Toast

Snacks with Apples 

Healthy Apple Crumb Muffins

Greek Yogurt Apple Streusel Muffins 

Low Sugar Apple Upside Down Muffins 

Simple Home-made Apple Sauce 

Gluten Free Applesauce Bundt Snack Cake

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Gluten-free Applesauce Bundt Snack Cake 

Lovely Little Kitchen | Glazed Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread

Baked by Rachel | Maple Apple Chips

Honey and Birch | Apple Almond Cranberry Quickbread

Texanerin Baking | Paleo Apple Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bites

Running to the Kitchen | Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bites

Self Proclaimed Foodie | Honey Crisp Applesauce

Teaspoon of Spice | Ginger Pear Applesauce

 

Lunch, Soups, Sides and Salads with Apples 

Harvest Apple Salad

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Vermont Fall Salad with Apples, Cheddar and Bacon

All Day I Dream About Food | Low-Carb Brie Ham and Green Apple Panini {Gluten-free}

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Healthy Waldorf Chicken Salad

Cupcake and Kale Chips | Maple Dijon Apple Coleslaw

Kitchen Confidante | Parsnip Apple Soup

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Carrot Ginger Soup with Apples 

Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Walnut Dressing

Diethood | Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples and Candied Walnuts

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Layered Slaw with Beets, Apples, Cheddar and Bacon 

Apple Beet Salad with Endive

Kitchen Confidante | Apple Beet Salad with Endive and Baby Greens

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Chopped Winter Salad

Running to the Kitchen | Turkey and Sage Stuffed Apples

Nutmeg Nanny | Herbed Applesauce

Dinner with Apples

One Pan Apple Sausage and Potato Bake

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Roasted Potatoes with Apples, Sausage and Maple Mustard Glaze

Baked By Rachel | Slow Cooker Apple Cider Beef Stew

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Apple Cheddar Pizzettes 

Maple Apple Blue Cheese Bacon Pizza

Foodie Crush | Maple Apple and Blue Cheese and Bacon Pizza

Roasted Squash, Sausage and Apple One Pan Dinner

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Roasted Squash, Sausage and Apple One Pan Dinner {Gluten-free}

 

Dessert with Apples

Cranberry Apple Maple Pie

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Maple Cranberry Apple Crumb Pie

Heartbeet Kitchen | Berry Apple Buckle Cake {Gluten-free}

Apple Pie Peanut Butter Mug Cake | Gluten Free and Vegan

Cotter Crunch | Apple Pie Peanut Butter Mug Cake {Gluten-free and Vegan}

Amy’s Healthy Baking | Simple Cinnamon Apple Cake

Amy’s Healthy Baking | Clean Classic Apple Pie

Maple Apple Crisp

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Maple Apple Crisp

Texanerin Baking | Gluten-free Apple Crisp

With Food and Love | Apple Crumb Bars with Maple Coffee Glaze

Maple Almond Apple Cake

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Maple Apple Almond Cake

Uproot Kitchen | Whole-wheat Apple Cake

Krolls Korner | Apple Pie Stuffed Pitas

Sugarfree Mom | Low Carb Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Nourished Simply | Mini Walnut Apple Tart

Fool proof recipe for Deep Dish Double Crust Apple Pie sweetened with Maple Syrup. With tips on how to get great whole-wheat crust and blue ribbon filling!

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Deep Dish Double Crust Maple Apple Pie 

 

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QUESTIONS

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