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Apple Recipes

Autumn has arrived, and apple picking is in full swing. However, after all the apple picking, you may be wondering what recipes you can make. If apple recipes are on your mind, this recipe collection is for you!

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Apple Orchards and Harvesting

There is nothing like a fresh apple…the crunch when you bite into it and the juice that runs from the fruit…what’s better? Similar to picking other kinds of fruits throughout the year, harvesting apples typically occurs in the late Summer or early Fall (in most states).

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In the north, September to early October is harvesting season for most apple orchards. However, in Texas, the prime harvesting season for apples are July and August. During this time, people flock to orchards with wooden crates or buckets, select the best-looking apples, and brainstorm the variety of recipes they can make with this fruit. Similar to blueberry picking, the recipe ideas are endless with this fruit.

Apple Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Empanadas

 Pastelitos or Apple Cinnamon Empanadas are crisp, sweet, and delicious. Furthermore, these have the warmth of a homemade Apple Pie but in a bite-sized treat. 

One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples

One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples feature seasoned, savory juicy pork chops with sweet apples simmered to perfection! This Paleo and Whole30-compliant dinner is easy, fast, and great for busy weeknights. Finally, serve this dish as is or with cauliflower rice, roasted sweet potatoes, or a green salad.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Have you ever heard of Fall in a bowl? If not, this recipe is it! This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe is way better than any instant oats! Furthermore, it is filled with so much protein and a vegan option. Finally, you will love this healthy apple breakfast oatmeal made with sweet apples, cinnamon, and pecans!

Butternut Squash Harvest Salad

This Harvest Salad is packed with flavor from the perfect caramelized roasted butternut squash, crispy bacon, sweet crunchy apples, toasted maple pecans, avocado, cranberries, and a tangy apple cider vinaigrette. Finally, it’s perfect as a side salad or can be served as a meal with additional protein!

Easy Cinnamon Apples

These Cinnamon Apples taste like warm apple pie, but they come together in 15 minutes on the stovetop! This cinnamon apples recipe makes a perfect breakfast, pancake topper, snack, or light dessert.

Roasted Delicata Squash Harvest Salad

This Harvest Kale Salad is packed to the max with Fall goodies! Perfectly roasted delicata squash, apples, pecans, and cranberries all tossed in a cider vinaigrette that’s naturally sweetened with dates.  Furthermore, this recipe is Whole30, Paleo, and Vegan-friendly.

Thanksgiving Cider Punch

Get into the spirit of the season with this Thanksgiving Cider Punch. Warming apple cider, vodka, apple butter, and bitters, mixed with whole cinnamon sticks, ginger beer, and bubbly champagne.

Furthermore, you will create the perfect holiday punch that’s both festive and delicious with this recipe. Finally, rim your glasses in sweet cinnamon sugar to create a magical fall cocktail that everyone will love this Thanksgiving!

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters are luscious deep-fried donuts filled with apples, and cinnamon and drizzled with an easy three-ingredient glaze. In addition, you can have these scrumptious warm apple fritters in your hands in less than thirty minutes! Finally, watch these sweet treats fly off the tray or table, or stash some in a secret spot for yourself.

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce is a Fall favorite! With only 3 ingredients (and a splash of water), it’s so easy to make! Furthermore, this recipe is a simple blend of apples, sugar, and cinnamon is all you need for this applesauce recipe.

Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage

Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? A morning of breakfast calls for a big pot of coffee and this homemade chicken and apple sausage. Mixing and cooking up these sausage patties is just as easy—maybe even easier—than weeknight burgers or meatballs.

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The trick is to grate the fresh apple and the garlic so they blend with the meat and save you lots of chopping. Finally, serve this as a main course for breakfast, a side dish with Sourdough Waffles, or for a protein-packed snack.

Green Apple Lemon Cucumber Ginger Smoothie

This healthy, Green Apple Lemon Cucumber and Ginger Smoothie is a great source of many vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C and a great way to boost your immune system. Serve this smoothie as a way to jumpstart your day or as a snack, and enjoy!

Harvest Hash with Bacon Apple Vinaigrette

This Harvest Hash is everything you’re craving for the Fall season. Furthermore, it’s loaded with roasted veggies, apples, bacon, pecans, and raisins for a sweet, savory and healthy dish. Finally, the apple vinaigrette adds the perfect final touch! 

Applesauce Cake

Applesauce Cake is lightly spiced and moist, and it will transport you into the season of Fall. In addition, it would taste amazing served with a simple dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of caramel, or a dollop of whipped cream. Finally, make and enjoy this apple-inspired cake for a holiday, celebration, or a weeknight treat.

Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Spiked Hot Apple Cider is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Furthermore, it is made with cinnamon sticks, star anise, clove, allspice, fresh oranges, and a spiced rum to warm you right up!

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Change up the same old pancake recipe with these Apple Cinnamon Pancakes! These fluffy cinnamon pancakes have an ooey, gooey apple topping making them the most perfect cozy breakfast. 

Chewy Cinnamon Apple Pecan Cookies

Cinnamon Apple Pecan cookies are soft and chewy! In addition, they are Gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan-friendly! Furthermore, the cookies are packed with warm spices, chewy dried apples, and chopped pecans in every bite!  They’re kid-approved, fun to make, and are an incredibly tasty Fall dessert!

Brown Butter Maple Glazed Cinnamon Apple Scones

Brown Butter Maple Glazed Cinnamon Apple Scones are a Fall favorite! Furthermore, they’re just beyond delicious and are the perfect treat to welcome in the first weekend of Autumn! In addition, they take under thirty minutes to make and are drizzled with a generous amount of brown butter glaze. Finally, they are sprinkled with just a little cinnamon sugar which gives them an “out-of-this-world” taste experience!

Apple Chips

Are you looking for a healthy Fall snack for your kids? Apple Chips are thinly sliced apples that are lightly sprinkled with cinnamon, and then baked until pleasantly crisp. Furthermore, these healthy homemade apple chips are a remarkably addictive snack. Unlike their store-bought counterparts, however, this apple chips recipe uses no sugar and the chips are baked, not fried. In conclusion, this is healthy snacking at its finest!

Salted (and Other) Caramel Apples

Who doesn’t love a Caramel Apple when the season of Fall hits? Caramel Apples sprinkled with salt, or rolled in any number of ingredients, are the perfect Halloween treat!

Apple Turkey Sandwich

Did you make a turkey for the holidays and in need of recipes to use your leftovers? Then, try this Melty Cheddar and Apple Turkey Sandwich! This delicious sandwich can be devoured for lunch or dinner and is a great way to use leftover turkey from the holidays.

Mini Pecan Butter Apple Rose Tarts

If you’re looking for a simple and elegant apple-inspired dessert, this is it! Mini Pecan Butter Apple Rose Tarts are simple to make and easy to enjoy. Finally, these would be beautiful on any Fall table or served at a holiday gathering.

Amish Apple Dumplings

Is your mouth watering yet? Amish Apple Dumplings are apples wrapped in a buttery, homemade dough and baked in cinnamon-brown sugar syrup. Finally, this is one of the best apple recipes to make for a delicious Fall dessert!

Apple Beet Burgers

Calling ALL AIP community members! Have you tried these Apple Beet Burgers? If not, now is the time! Furthermore, the shredded beet and apple turn these “burger” patties into a full-flavored meal. Finally, add the horseradish spread and parsnip fries and this becomes a restaurant-quality dinner.

Apple Cider Donuts

Perfectly spiced and beautifully tender, these Apple Cider Donuts are about to be your latest and greatest Fall obsession! Furthermore, these donuts are full of warm cinnamon, freshly ground nutmeg, and tangy apple cider. Finally, with a heavenly chew, these donuts are buzz-worthy.

Prosciutto Apple and Sage Butter Chicken with Cider Pan Sauce

Cheesy Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Honeycrisp Apples is made with roasted garlic, a little crispy sage, and browned butter – YUM! Furthermore, all are served in a delicious white wine and cider pan sauce. Finally, this dish doesn’t get simpler, cozier, or more delicious, and all you need is one skillet, 30 minutes, and fresh in-season Autumn ingredients.

Warm Cabbage and Apple Salad

Warm Cabbage and Apple Salad is the perfect Oktoberfest side dish or Fall meal. Furthermore, this AIP recipe is good for your body, and it will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Finally, if you’re looking to incorporate new fruits and vegetables on your dinner table, feed your family this warm salad.

Chai Candied Pecan Apple “Pops”

Chai Candied Pecan Apple Pops are delicious and easy to make. In addition, they’re perfect for Fall! Drizzle a little caramel on top and you’ve got a winner! Finally, the pecans are tossed in chai spice and brown sugar and then candied in the oven.

Harvest Apple Ginger Spritz

Kick-off Thanksgiving with this Harvest Apple Ginger Spritz. Furthermore, fresh apple juice is combined with vodka, orange liquor, and lemon, along with sweet honey, ginger, and sage syrup.

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Then, mix everything together to create a simple, pitcher-style cocktail that will make entertaining holiday season stress-free. Finally, when guests arrive, simply top each drink off with sparkling water to add a little fizz.

Apple Brie Crostini

Apple Brie Crostini are like little bites of heaven! Crunchy slices of toasted baguette topped with creamy melted brie, crisp apples, a drizzle of honey, and a touch of fresh ground pepper… they’re the perfect fall appetizer, and destined to become a favorite!

Apple Butter

Apple Butter is perfectly spiced with rich fall flavors. In addition, it takes just 10 minutes to prep with NO peeling required, and it’ll become a fall favorite for any homemade bread.

Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita

Autumn calls for a switch-up between a traditional margarita and a Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margarita. Smoky mezcal (or tequila) mixed with a splash of orange liquor, spiced apple cider, a touch of citrusy lime, and sweet maple.

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Furthermore, this cocktail is a cozy take on the classic and the perfect warming Fall drink to sip on with friends and family. Finally, finish this smoky margarita off with fresh rosemary, apple slices, and a smoking cinnamon stick for that extra special touch.

Apple and Turmeric Jellies

Turmeric has a well-known list of uses in the medicine cabinet — anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and balancer of the digestive system, metabolism, and hormones to name but a few. 

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Apple and Turmeric Jellies use raw honey, turmeric, and apple flavors to create a deep amber color. In addition, the warm-colored, spicy afterglow of this dessert will have you questioning what’s inside and also digging in for more.

Raisin and Apple Chutney

Apple Chutney is like a chunky applesauce, fortified with raisins and spices. In addition, it is great for using up soft or bruised apples. Furthermore, you can enjoy it on its own, with a crisp type topping for dessert or even atop some pork chops or chicken. Finally, this is pretty quick and low effort which will give you more time to enjoy your loved ones this holiday season.

Spiced Apple Moscow Mule

This Spiced Apple Moscow Mule cocktail recipe is made with vodka, apple cider, ginger beer, and a spiced simple syrup. Furthermore, this is a delightfully refreshing drink for Fall!

Chipotle Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Chorizo and Caramelized Apples

Chipotle Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Chorizo and Caramelized Apples is Fall from the inside and out! Furthermore, the sweetness of the caramelized apple plays off the spicy flavors in the chorizo and chipotle. Finally, you’ll love the combo together.

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