Looking for the best way to eat apples? Here are our best apple recipes with something for everyone, from applesauce to apple pie.
Ahhh, apples. Though they’re seasonal in the fall, apples store well, making them available for recipes all year long. That makes them one of the most popular fruits around! Once the weather gets cooler, we start craving those traditional apple recipes: apple pie, apple crisp, and applesauce. Fall isn’t complete without a trip to our local orchard: leaving us with lots of ripe, crisp fruit for making all the apple recipes!
Here we’ve collected all of our favorite ways to use apples in recipes. Many are sweet, but there are lots of ways to eat apples outside of desserts. Throw them into salads, eat them sauteed with cabbage or roasted with cauliflower, or blend them into an electric green smoothie as a healthy breakfast. The sky is the limit with apples, so…why don’t we get started?
First up in our apple recipes: the very best apple pie. Really. This one has the perfect buttery crust, woven into a rustic lattice and painted with a sparkly maple glaze. The interior is gooey, sweet apples, spiced with cinnamon, cloves and fresh ginger. It's so, so flavorful and looks positively stunning.
Head to the post for tutorials on how to cut apples fast and how to weave a lattice crust.
Next up: apple crumble! This is the best classic apple crumble (or apple crisp, because they’re pretty darn similar). It’s a big 9 x 13 pan to feed a crowd, and fresh ginger accentuates the gooey filling perfectly. It's so good, we've also got at vegan & gluten free version. Top with melty vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream for the full experience.
These incredible apple muffins have a a crunchy streusel topping made of glittery turbinado sugar and a little butter and oats. The nice thing about a streusel topping is that it adds just the right sweetness and crunch to each bite. The muffin is flavored with cinnamon, ginger and allspice, and features both applesauce in the batter and chunks of diced apple throughout. They're so, so good. (And here's a vegan apple muffin variation!)
The best apple recipe? Applesauce cake! This is the most drop dead delicious applesauce cake you’ll eat. It’s moist and scented with cinnamon, perfectly fluffy and even a little gooey. It’s got a healthy spin with olive oil and Greek yogurt, and instead of calorie-rich icing there’s a sprinkle of powdered sugar. And the best part? It’s legitimately easy: you simply mix all the ingredients together in the baking pan. No mixing bowls required!
This spinach apple salad is as easy as it is tasty! No one will believe it took minutes to put together. Start with a bed of greens and add crisp apple and pear. Our best balsamic vinaigrette covers it in tangy sweet goodness, and the best part? Maple-glazed walnuts or pecans! Just a few minutes in a hot skillet with maple syrup makes the nuts come out shiny and lightly sweet.
Got apple cider? You'll need it for this apple recipe, and it's well worth the jug! This one's a stunning drink for entertaining, made with pure apple cider, cinnamon and cloves. Freeze it in an ice cream maker or in ice cube trays and blend. It's so refreshing: and looks beautiful garnished with apple slices!
And now for one of the most classic of all apple recipes: applesauce! Making applesauce at home is easier than you think. This recipe skips the extra sugars of the store bought kind! If you'd like, add cinnamon and a splash of maple syrup: or leave it unsweetened! Here’s how to make applesauce at home: on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot.
This apple galette recipe is an easy version of apple pie! Apples and pomegranate seeds are beautifully arranged onto a free-form flaky pie crust. It’s sweetened only with a bit of honey and the natural sweetness of the fruit. The cinnamon and ginger-spiced apples and pomegranate seeds are sweet and slightly tart, a perfect contrast to the flaky and salty crust.
This big pot of oats is apple cinnamon flavored and oh so delicious! Why make steel cut oats? Both steel cut and rolled oats have the same benefits: lots of fiber and plant-based protein to start your day. But steel cut oats are less processed, which may help you to feel fuller and have less of a “spike” of energy after eating! Top this apple recipe with sliced apples and cashew butter.
Want the easiest apple crisp recipe out there? This one is cooked in an Instant Pot (pressure cooker), which makes for seriously quick prep! The crisp comes out with a chewy granola topping, brightened with a little lemon zest, and tangy tender apples. Top with vanilla ice cream or Homemade Whipped Cream.
Take it from one of our recipe testers: “It was easy and quick and even though it was made in the Instant Pot rather than the oven it made my kitchen smell amazing. The apples came out perfectly tender. My 10 year old girls helped me put it together and asked for seconds!”
What’s more fun than apple pie? Mini apple pies! Am I right? There’s something about miniaturizing anything that attracts attention. And this mini apple pies recipes is the cutest thing to grace your table. Even better, they’ve got a splash of bourbon. Yep, these are the apple pies of your dreams! (And don’t worry, they’re safe for the kiddos because the alcohol cooks out when baking.)
This refreshing apple manchego salad recipe features apples and Spanish Manchego cheese cut into matchsticks, dressed simply with a bit of olive oil and chives. The way these ingredients are combined in such a simple way makes each shine! Manchego cheese has a unique flavor: it's available at most mainstream grocery stores. The way the apples and cheese are cut makes it hard to distinguish between the two – making it all the more fun to guess what will be part of each bite!
This tasty apple oatmeal muffin recipe has a secret: these muffins are made mostly of oats! Oat flour and rolled oats make the base for the muffin, but with a few tricks so they turn out moist and beautifully fluffy. They're sweetened with maple syrup and tender apple chunks. Slather them with peanut butter or almond butter for a fantastic healthy breakfast idea. (Another great choice: Apple Zucchini Muffins.)
Here's another project in our apple recipes: apple chips! If you’re looking for a little recipe that’s a fun kitchen DIY, fairly easy, and makes your house smell divine, look no further than apple chips! A tip before you start: a mandoline is helpful for this recipe to cut the apple paper thin. Douse with cinnamon and bake in a low oven for a few hours. They come out crisp and sweet.
This apple recipe combines biscuits and cinnamon-y baked apples for a fall treat! It's baked up in a cast iron skillet until the apples are tender and the biscuits are golden on top and doughy on the inside. Serve this skillet apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, yogurt whipped cream, or coconut whipped cream
This green apple smoothie recipe is the tastiest sweet tart drink with a vivid, glowing green color! It features dates to bring a natural sweetness, balanced by the tart green apple and lemon. The tangy is balanced with sweet, and it has a loose but creamy texture that’s easily drinkable. It will become a favorite in no time.
This cabbage and apple salad recipe features Savory cabbage, a variety with a mild, sweeter flavor than standard green cabbage. The leaves are crinkled and when thinly sliced, they look like beautiful frizzy confetti. Here it's combined with crisp apples and crunchy walnuts, then topped with sliced Parmesan. It's got just the right refreshing vibe!
Here's an apple recipe that will blow you away with its flavor and beautiful colors! These roasted apples with cauliflower are a unique pairing that everyone will be talking about. The sweetness of the apple works perfectly with the savory cauliflower: and topping with fresh dill brings an herbaceous note. The best part? The bright purple of the roasted onion against the bright pink of the apple is stunning.
This beet and apple salad is one of our favorite fall apple recipes! It features our "famous" tangy Easy Honey Mustard Dressing, tart green apples, tender beets, crunchy pistachios over a bed of greens. The texture, flavor and color contrasts make this salad hard to beet. (OK, we had to!)
And last up in our apple recipes...hot apple cider! Looking to spice up your fall drinks? This apple cider hits all the cozy notes! It's spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. If you like it spiked, a splash of rum is perfection. Serve it warm on chilly fall evenings!
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.