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Looking for ways to use up apples this fall? I’ve got you covered with over 30 healthy apple recipes with everything from breakfast and snacks to dinner and dessert!

I’m so excited because apple season is officially here and I couldn’t be more excited to share these 30+ healthy apple recipes with you!

One of my favorite fall activities is going to an apple orchard and coming home with bags of fresh apples. I love slicing them up and serving them with my date caramel sauce, making homemade applesauce or making ALL the apple baked goods like my vegan apple bread and apple cider donuts.

Collage of four photos: apple chicken salad, apple oatmeal bars, apple pancakes and apple crisp.

Health Benefits of Apples

Apples aren’t just delicious; they come packed with a range of health benefits that make them a smart addition to any diet:

  • Rich in Fiber: One medium-sized apple contains about 4 grams of dietary fiber, which helps with digestive health.
  • Nutrient-Dense: Apples are a good source of various vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C and potassium.
  • Low in Calories: At just under 100 calories for a medium-sized apple, it’s a guilt-free snack that can help with weight management.
  • Antioxidant Properties: The phytonutrients in apples act as antioxidants, combating free radicals in the body.
  • Heart Health: The fiber, potassium, and vitamin content in apples all contribute to heart health.

What Apples are Best for Baking & Cooking

When choosing apples for cooking or baking, consider the flavor and texture you want. Here’s a breakdown of some popular apple varieties:

  • Honeycrisp and Pink Lady – my personal favorites! Both of these apples have a nice balance of sweet and tart, suitable for eating fresh, baking or cooking.
  • Granny Smith – these green apples are tart and keep their shape, making them perfect for baking things like pies and tarts.
  • Braeburn and Fuji – also good options for cooking, but not so much for baking as they won’t hold their shape as well.
  • Gala and Golden Delicious – these are softer and sweeter varieties, making them good for sauces.
  • McIntosh – best for recipes like apple butter where you want a softer texture.
  • Red Delicious – best eaten fresh and not recommended for cooking.

What Can You Make With Apples?

So many things! I love making everything from desserts to oatmeal and salads. It’s such a diverse fruit that can be used in sweet and savory dishes. Let’s jump into some healthy apple recipes!

Apple Breakfast + Snack Recipes

From oatmeal, pancakes and donuts to applesauce, granola bars and muffins there are so many delicious ways to use apples in various breakfast and snack recipes!

Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal in a square baking dish with a serving spatula and a piece missing.
4.43 from 220 votes

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

This apple cinnamon baked oatmeal is inspired by traditional Amish baked oatmeal and studded with apples, raisins and loads of cinnamon flavor. It’s the perfect fall breakfast and great for meal prep.
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A cooked apple dutch baby in a cast iron with powdered sugar sprinkled on top.
4.80 from 5 votes

Apple Dutch Baby

This apple dutch baby is a fun take on a classic dutch baby pancake. It's puffy, sweet and such an impressive (but easy) dish to serve for breakfast, brunch or even dessert.
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Five apple pancakes stacked on one another on a white plate with diced apples and maple syrup on top.
4.75 from 28 votes

Healthy Apple Pancakes

Healthy apple pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. They taste decadent, but are packed with protein and fiber. 
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A bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal.
4.92 from 12 votes

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This creamy apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe is studded with fresh apples and loaded with fall flavor. It comes together quickly and is the perfect warm breakfast to enjoy on chilly mornings.
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Bowl of apple cinnamon baked oatmeal.
3.98 from 43 votes

Single Serve Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

This easy apple cinnamon baked oatmeal recipe makes just one serving! It's loaded with flavor and the perfect cozy breakfast for one.
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Three slices of apple bread. The top has a crust of cinnamon and pecans.
4.48 from 48 votes

Vegan Apple Bread

This vegan apple bread is studded with fresh apples and has a delicious cinnamon pecan topping and creamy glaze. It’s the perfect loaf for fall!
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Baked apple steel cut oatmeal in a pink bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top.
4.72 from 63 votes

Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

This apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal recipe is a lovely make-ahead breakfast option for busy mornings. Studded with sweet apple chunks, raisins and cinnamon, these oats will satisfy your taste-buds and keep you feeling full all morning. 
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Bircher Muesli in a white bowl with a spoon.
5 from 5 votes

Bircher Muesli (Chilled Swiss Oatmeal)

This Bircher muesli (also called chilled Swiss oatmeal) is loaded with crunchy apples, dried fruit and nuts. Full of fiber and protein, plus easy to make ahead of time!
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Three apple yogurt muffins stacked on top of each other. The muffins are wrapped in paper liners.
4.84 from 6 votes

Apple Yogurt Muffins

These apple yogurt muffins are studded with apples and packed with cinnamon flavor. They're soft, fluffy and extra moist thanks to the Greek yogurt. Perfect for meal prep!
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Apple muffins topped with cinnamon sugar on a cooling rack.
3.84 from 36 votes

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These healthy apple cinnamon muffins are made with a blend of whole wheat and all-purpose flour. They're loaded with fall flavor and extra moist thanks to pumpkin!
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Stack of baked apple cider donuts on a tray.
4.33 from 80 votes

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

The perfect fall treat, these baked apple cider donuts are made a healthier with whole wheat pastry flour, coconut sugar, Greek yogurt and coconut oil.
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Three apple oatmeal cups on a plate drizzled with peanut butter.
4.59 from 24 votes

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups

These apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cups are loaded with cinnamon flavor and studded with small pieces of diced apple.
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Overhead photo of a jar full of apple pie overnight oats garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple chunks.
3.95 from 163 votes

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Eat dessert for breakfast with these healthy apple pie overnight oats. You’ll love the cozy cinnamon apple flavor and that they can be made ahead of time.
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Two muffins stacked on top of each other.
4.87 from 23 votes

Morning Glory Muffins

Packed with fruit, carrots, walnuts and rolled oats, these morning glory muffins are hearty, filling and perfect way to start the day!
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Bowl of healthy apple cinnamon oatmeal made with steel cut oats and topped with cinnamon and chunks of apple, and a dollop of peanut butter.
4.11 from 64 votes

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Apple cinnamon oatmeal made with steel cut oats and filled with soft apple chunks. You can make this oatmeal in your slow cooker or Instant Pot for a warm, filling breakfast that's loaded will fall flavors.
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Three apple oatmeal bars stacked on one another on a cooling rack.
4.75 from 4 votes

Apple Oatmeal Bars

These healthy apple oatmeal bars are made with wholesome ingredients and studded with fresh apple chunks. They're kid-friendly, portable and perfect for meal prep. Vegan + gluten-free.
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Glass jar of homemade applesauce.
4.60 from 5 votes

How to Make Applesauce

Homemade applesauce is a breeze to make and even more delicious than the store-bought stuff. It’s great for snacking or to use in recipes!
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Apple butter in a jar with a twine bow tied around the jar.
4.73 from 40 votes

Healthy Apple Butter

This healthy homemade apple butter is made in the slow cooker without any added sugar. Enjoy as a spread on toast or stir into a warm bowl of oatmeal.
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Apple granola bars on a wood board next to a bowl of white chocolate chips and apple slices.
3.83 from 23 votes

Apple Granola Bars

These apple granola bars are the perfect fall snack with dried apple chunks, white chocolate chips and cinnamon. They’re both chewy and crispy and are so delicious.
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Apple samoas on a plate. Apple rings topped with caramel, chocolate drizzle and coconut flakes.
4 from 20 votes

Apple Samoas with Date Caramel

These apple samoas are super simple and fun to make. Just top apple rings with date caramel, toasted coconut and chocolate. A great kid-friendly recipe!
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Sliced apples piled high with date caramel, chocolate chips, and nuts.
5 from 2 votes

Apple Nachos

These healthy apple nachos are sure to satisfy even the strongest sugar craving. Sliced apples are piled high and topped with date caramel, chocolate chips and nuts.
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Apple Dessert Recipes

One of my favorite ways to use up apples during the fall is to make some type of apple dessert… apple crisp, apple cake, baked apples… I’ll take them all!

A healthy apple crisp topped with three scoops of ice cream.
4.74 from 106 votes

Healthy Apple Crisp

This healthy apple crisp is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and features a crunchy oatmeal topping. This recipe is sure to be a fall family favorite!
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Dutch apple pie in a pie pan.
5 from 11 votes

Dutch Apple Pie

This healthier Dutch apple pie combines a sweet cinnamon apple filling with a delicious oat crumble topping. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate fall dessert.
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Stacked slices of apple cake.
5 from 24 votes

Apple Cake

This delicious gluten-free apple cake is made with a blend of almond and oat flour, studded with fresh apples and has a delicious cinnamon pecan crumb topping. It’s moist, tender and the perfect fall dessert!
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An overhead shot of a baked apple sliced in half with a scoop of ice cream and a caramel drizzle in a shallow bowl with a silver spoon.
3.69 from 47 votes

Baked Apples

These cozy baked apples are filled with a buttery cinnamon sugar oat crumble and super easy to make. Enjoy warm with ice cream and a drizzle of date caramel sauce for the ultimate fall dessert!
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Mini raw apple pies on a plate. A napkin and apple slices are also on the table.
4.84 from 6 votes

Mini Raw Apple Pies

These raw mini apple pies are made with all whole foods and no processed sugar, flour, dairy, etc. They're raw, vegan, gluten-free and packed with nutrients. These mini apple pies are perfect to satisfy your fall sweet tooth!
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Raw apple pie filling a glass jar.
3.46 from 22 votes

Vegan Apple Pie Filling

This healthy apple pie filling is vegan, naturally sweetened with dates and perfectly spiced with ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Hand holding an apple crumble bar.
4.39 from 39 votes

Healthy Apple Crumble Bars

These healthy apple crumble bars are vegan, gluten-free, and made with wholesome ingredients and fresh apples. You’ll love the cinnamon apple filling paired with the oatmeal crumble crust and topping!
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Savory Apple Recipes

Yes, apples are just as delicious in savory dishes as they are in sweet ones. I love adding fresh apples to salads, but they also make for a great addition to soups and other protein dishes.

Fuji apple chicken salad with gorgonzola cheese, pepitas, tomatoes and dressing.
4.39 from 18 votes

Fuji Apple Salad

This delicious meal-sized salad is inspired by Panera’s Fuji apple salad with fresh apple slices, gorgonzola, tomatoes, pepitas and a white balsamic vinaigrette.
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Apple slaw plated on a white plate.
3.88 from 25 votes

Easy Apple Slaw

This easy apple slaw features red cabbage, spinach, quinoa and a creamy tahini dressing. It's mayo-free and a healthy and unique twist on traditional coleslaw.
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A roasted harvest bowl.
4.34 from 24 votes

Roasted Harvest Bowls

These roasted harvest bowls combine maple turmeric chicken, roasted butternut squash and brussels sprouts and crisp apple chunks all served over a bed of kale drizzled with an apple cider vinaigrette dressing.
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Two glass storage containers layered with detox salad ingredients: almonds, apple, edamame, quinoa, cabbage, kale and avocado. A small container of dressing is also in each of the containers.
5 from 11 votes

Meal Prep Detox Salad

This meal prep detox salad combines quinoa, edamame, kale, cabbage and apple with a delicious sesame ginger dressing. It's packed with plant-based protein and perfect for traveling or an office lunch! Vegan + gluten-free.
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An overhead shot of a bowl of fig salad with a white wine glass next to it.
4.58 from 7 votes

Fig Salad

An easy fig salad with arugula, chopped apples, dried cranberries, pecans and goat cheese topped with a delicious balsamic dressing. Perfect as a light lunch, side salad or topped with protein for a meal sized salad.
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Waldorf salad served in a bowl over lettuce.
4 from 7 votes

Waldorf Salad

This Waldorf salad is loaded with apples, celery and walnuts. It’s crisp, crunchy, refreshing and perfect served as a light appetizer or side salad.
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Butternut squash soup in a large pot garnished with coconut milk, pumpkin seeds, and fresh sage.
4.92 from 23 votes

Butternut Squash Soup

This butternut squash soup is super creamy and easy to make! It combines butternut squash with coconut milk, carrots, fresh ginger and sage for a delicious and comforting fall meal.
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Salad plate filled with spinach harvest salad including butternut squash, cranberries, quinoa, pecans, and apples. A fork of on the plate and a dish towel to the side.
4.55 from 48 votes

Fall Harvest Spinach Salad

Loaded with fall favorites like butternut squash, chopped apples and dried cranberries, this fall harvest spinach salad is packed with nutrition and flavor.
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Bowl of chicken waldorf salad made with chunks of grilled chicken, chopped apple, celery, onion, herbs, walnuts and a creamy dressing.
4.89 from 17 votes

Chicken Waldorf Salad

This healthy chicken Waldorf salad uses grilled chicken and a light dressing that blends mayo with Greek yogurt! Great for sandwiches, wraps and salads.
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Healthy Apple Recipes + Healthy Apple Crisp

Looking for ways to use up apples this fall? I've got you covered with over 30 healthy apple recipes with everything from breakfast and snacks to dinner and dessert!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients  

  • 6 cups apples, about 6 medium apples, peeled (or unpeeled) and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder, or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon sea salt

Topping

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Make the topping by mixing together sugar, rolled oats, almond flour and nuts. Add butter or coconut oil and combine until topping is crumb-like. Set aside.
    Oatmeal topping mixture in a bowl.
  • Add apple slices to a large bowl with maple syrup, lemon juice, arrowroot powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Gently toss until all apple slices are coated.
    Apple slices in a bowl mixed with spices and sugar.
  • Transfer apple mixture to greased 8×8 square baking dish or a 9-inch round pie pan.
    Apple slices arranged in a baking dish.
  • Sprinkle crisp topping over apple mixture.
    Apple slices topped with oatmeal mixture in baking dish.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the apple filling is bubbly and the top is golden. Check the crisp around 30 minutes in. If the crisp seems to be browning too quickly, cover with foil for the remaining 15-20 minutes.
    Healthy apple crisp in a baking dish.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping.
  • Store in an airtight container. Leftovers will store well at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Notes

    • Almond flour: I haven’t tested this crisp with a different flour, but I have a feeling that oat flour, all-purpose flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour will work just fine for the topping. If you try it, please let me know in the comments.
    • Rolled oats: You can’t substitute the rolled oats for steel cut oats, but quick oats should work.
    • Nuts: Feel free to use your favorite nut in place of the walnuts or pecans. Almonds would be a nice option.
    • Oil: You can swap the coconut oil with vegan butter or regular butter if you don’t need this recipe to be vegan.
    • Maple syrup: Any liquid sweetener like honey or agave will work as a substitute.
    • Coconut sugar: Feel free to use brown sugar instead if that’s what you have on hand.
    • Nut-free: If you need this recipe to be nut-free just swap the nuts for additional oats and the almond flour for all-purpose flour or oat flour.
    • Low-sugar: If you’d like for the crisp to be less sweet, feel free to cut the sugar back to 1/2 -3/4 cup instead of 1 cup!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy apple crisp
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Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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