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? 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!
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 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.
Nowadays 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!
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.
What Are the Best Apples Best For Storing?
Apple Varieties By Season
Early Season Apples
Mid Season Apples
Late Season Apples
Best Apple Varieties For Baking or Snacking
Best Baking Apples
Best Snacking Apples
McIntosh (*See note below)
*Note: MacIntosh apples are very saucy when cooked and are a great addition to pies when blended with other more firm apples. They may be too soft or juicy to use for cakes and other pastries.
If you are looking for a make-ahead breakfast casserole for Christmas morning, look no further. This Cranberry Apple Christmas Casserole will be a huge hit with the whole family and it can be assembled the day before. It’s made with vanilla Greek yogurt, fresh cranberries, sourdough bread, eggs and it’s topped with a crunchy nut streusel topping.
These low-sugar upside-down apple muffins have a buttery maple apple topping reminiscent of tarte tatin or pineapple upside down cake. They are much healthier though! They’re made with oats, almond flour and apple sauce. They make a great after school snack because kids love them because they are naturally sweet, they’re 100% whole-grain, and only have 1 1/2 teaspoons added sugar.
Today I have my Apple Bread recipe with Cinnamon and Maple sugar. It is studded with chunks of fresh apple and with the addition of applesauce it is ultra moist! Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy the taste of fall in each bite!
Give me a bunch of kale, and I will find a hundred ways of using it in the kitchen, but making Massaged Kale salad is by far one of my favorites! Rubbing the kale leaves with olive oil before you toss with the apples and other salad toppings makes them tender and delicate. I know it sounds strange, intentionally “roughing up” your produce, but it works wonders! One try and you’ll add this Vegan Kale Salad to your salad rotation!
Panini sandwiches are typically high carb, but you don’t need miss out on a panini sandwich on your low carb diet. Make this easy low carb flatbread recipe and then add your favourite fillings in the middle.
A flavorful seasonal salad with chunks of Cabot White Oak Cheddar, sweet Vermont apple, spiced nuts and crumbled smoky bacon for fall. Easy enough to make for lunch and special enough for Thanksgiving.
This crisp and creamy apple slaw is a Healthy Coleslaw recipe we can all love because it is sweet and savory and made without mayo! It is lightened up with Greek yogurt, plus the juicy apples, dried cranberries, and maple Dijon dressing give it a delicious flavor. Enjoy this quick and easy side dish any time of the year because when the kiddos gobble it up, you know it has to be the best cole slaw recipe ever.
This Carrot Ginger Soup with Apple is the perfect vegan soup! And it is only 123 calories per serving. Granny smith apples, fresh ginger and thyme add wonderful layers and depth of flavor and the aromatic and crunchy oregano croutons make it extra special.
This Brussel Sprouts Salad with Apples and Candied Walnuts is an amazing Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish. Warm brussel sprouts loaded with tart apples and candied walnuts, this easy recipe is healthy and delicious!
This Chopped Winter Salad with apples, celery, radishes and carrots is colorful, crunchy and clean-eating friendly! I am re-sharing it today and I have a bit of cool stuff to share about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, which I used in the shallot cider vinegar dressing on this salad.
This easy holiday slaw with apples and pomegranate is a bright and cheerful dish that will provide a healthy and fresh contrast to the rest of your meal. The apples, pomegranate and dried apricot make it festive enough for your Christmas feast, yet it is easy enough for a weeknight dinner. Just chop everything up, toss it in a bowl. Drizzle on the dressing and you’re good to go!
Here is a delicious Farro Salad made with sauteed leeks, apples and walnuts. It has orange and walnut vinaigrette and dried cranberries which gives it a sweet, tart and savory flavor that pairs with a variety of meals. It is so easy to make, vegetarian and can be made ahead.
This Easy Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Apple Skillet is glazed in maple and whole mustard with thyme and a splash of cider vinegar. There are peeled and quartered shallots in it too! It is fancy enough for company but easy enough for a weeknight!
Friends, I know how busy fall can be, but I’ve got your back! Check out these Roasted Potatoes with Apples, Sausage and Maple Mustard Glaze. With just 20 minutes of prep and only one pan you’ll be able to put a delicious kid friendly dinner on the table without breaking a sweat.
These mini apple and cheddar pizzas with caramelized onion are perfect for watching the game because they are small which means you can serve them with other yummy and healthy appetizers. Or you can serve them as an individual pizza for a main course with a nice side salad for a healthy fall meal!
I’ve been so excited to share this Maple Cranberry Apple Pie recipe I have been working on for Thanksgiving. It has a deep dish whole-grain crust. It is sweetened with maple syrup and has a crunchy nut crumb topping.
This double crust deep dish maple apple pie is a classic fall dessert that is hard to beat. If you love homemade apple pie and you plan to make one for Thanksgiving, then you’ll want to try this one. In this recipe, I have included a step-by-step explanation of how to get great results (even for pie beginners). Plus I am going to tell you my number one top tip to make blue ribbon apple pie.
This Healthy Apple Crisp is the perfect dessert to bake this fall. It’s made with two varieties of apples to amp up the juicy flavor and then topped with pecans (or walnuts) and rolled oats to really take it to the next level! To make it healthy, it is sweetened naturally with maple syrup, which means it’s made without refined sugar.
These apple crumb bars taste just like apple pie, but aren’t nearly as complicated or time consuming. The crust is flaky and light, and the apples are lightly sweetened and spiced. Serve them warm or room temperature with a heavy drizzle of maple coffee glaze on top.
Tighten up your apron strings dear readers, you’re about to meet your new favorite cookie on the planet. It is a healthier oatmeal cookie with walnuts, apple and white chocolate chips. They have just a touch of cinnamon, sweet butter and they are sweetened with unrefined maple sugar! These cookies are the essence of autumn! I cannot help but swoon when I think of these cookies. They are the best I have ever made. Period.
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