30 Healthy Apple Recipes
Published Aug 26, 2023, Updated Oct 26, 2023
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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.
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?
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
Apple Dutch Baby
Healthy Apple Pancakes
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Single Serve Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Vegan Apple Bread
Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal
Bircher Muesli (Chilled Swiss Oatmeal)
Apple Yogurt Muffins
Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups
Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Morning Glory Muffins
Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal
Apple Oatmeal Bars
How to Make Applesauce
Healthy Apple Butter
Apple Granola Bars
Apple Samoas with Date Caramel
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!
Healthy Apple Crisp
Dutch Apple Pie
Mini Raw Apple Pies
Vegan Apple Pie Filling
Healthy Apple Crumble Bars
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 Salad
Easy Apple Slaw
Roasted Harvest Bowls
Meal Prep Detox Salad
Butternut Squash Soup
Fall Harvest Spinach Salad
Chicken Waldorf Salad
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Healthy Apple Recipes + Healthy Apple Crisp
- 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.
- 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.
- Transfer apple mixture to greased 8×8 square baking dish or a 9-inch round pie pan.
- Sprinkle crisp topping over apple mixture.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.