Not sure what to do with that haul of fresh, crisp apples you picked from the farm? Make one (or all!) of these delicious but healthy apple recipes.
There’s nothing like heading to a local farm to go apple picking during the fall. The sights, smells and tastes you encounter while meandering through an apple orchard (and maybe sampling a few apples along the way!) just seem to go hand-in-hand with the season. But what do you do with all those apples that you overzealously pick? Find some delicious apple recipes, of course!
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The first thought most people have when looking at a large bowl full of apples and deciding what to do with them is to bake an apple pie. But many apple pie recipes are full of added fat and sugar, turning those healthy apples into a not-so-healthy apple treat. But what if you could enjoy fall apple favorites like apple pie and apple crisp without the guilt? These healthy apple recipes allow you to enjoy the sweet, tart flavors of your favorite fall apple varieties without blowing your commitment to healthy eating.
Here are 5 healthy apple recipes you’re going to want to try after going apple picking. The recipes are so yummy that you may want to enjoy them all year long, but they taste extra-special when made with fresh apples picked off the tree with your own hands!
Trust us when we tell you there’s nothing like an apple pie to make your apple picking trip well worth the time spent! This all-American recipe is one the most quintessential fall apple recipes. Spiced with cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg, the pie not only tastes delicious but makes your house smell divine. And with only one crust, you can enjoy some warm apple goodness without too much fat, carbs or calories.
If you prefer more apple than crust, you’ll want to skip the apple pie and instead try this healthy apple recipe instead. This recipe is quick and easy to make but isn’t short on warm, sweet goodness. The topping is a mix of oats, whole wheat flour, brown sugar and spices, which transforms into the perfect crumbly and slightly sweet topping for the flavorful apples and cranberries.
If you’re an apple purist, then you’ll definitely want to try this fall apple recipe. Thin apple slices are sprinkled with cinnamon and then baked low and slow in the oven until they’re chewy and crunchy. With no other ingredients, there’s nothing to overpower the fresh taste of the apples you just picked from the farm!
Looking for an apple recipe that goes beyond the traditional sweet treat? Then try these veal chops adorned with a mixture of apples and comforting flavors like fennel, honey and lavender. The taste combination is far from ordinary and makes for the ideal date-night meal.
Another great way to use up some of those just-picked apples is by adding them to salads. This hearty and healthy fall recipe combines escarole with apples, walnuts, cranberries and a bit of shaved Parmesan to create a salad you’ll want to enjoy long after the fall season ends.