Apple season is here! Tis the season for apple pie and ice cream. We have collected some of the best apple recipes from all around in order to share them with you.
When you think of apple pie, a few things come to mind. Vanilla ice cream, caramel, cinnamon, cheddar cheese. So we knew that this post would not be complete without a few of these apple-esque partners in crime.
A healthy caramel recipe? Oh yes. They do exist. Check out this Salted Caramel Sauce recipe by Downshiftology.com. Perfect for drizzling on your favorite ice cream or pie. Or even just to use as a dip for sliced apples.
And speaking of ice cream! No warm slice of apple pie is complete without it. Here is an easy, healthy vanilla ice cream recipe to make your American’s favorite alla mode.
Also but not least and then we’ll get to the main event. (Promise!) Many of your favorite apple recipes call for Apple Pie Spice. While you can pick this up at some grocery stores and online, you also likely have all that you need to make this at home. Check out this recipe to prepare your own Apple Pie Spice to have on hand all season long. This stuff is great sprinkled on top of your morning latte too!
Lastly, we want to share our favorite apple accessory that makes all this so much easier for us. We use it literally every day – the Dynamic Chef Apple Slicer and Corer.
As you can see, it is a wonderfully cheery bright red and does the job in a snap, coring and slicing your apples in one quick motion. We love time-savers that help us to eat healthier on a daily basis. No conversation about apple treats in the kitchen could be complete without it.
Now enjoy all the amazing recipes below!
1. Paleo Apple Cider
Make your own apple cider instead of buying? Yes! This healthy refined sugar free version is actually two recipes in one! Apple Cider AND Applesauce – all ready in 30 minutes! Sign me up! Prep your recipes easily and quickly – just peel and then core and slice in one quick motion. We like to use our Dynamic Chef Apple Slicer to do the job. Makes all your apple recipes a breeze!
2. Slow Cooker Apple Cider Wassail
This mulled apple cider is perfect for get togethers! Preps quickly and stays warm all night in the crockpot. Use the apple cider recipe above then take it to the next level with this one. Here we come a wassailing! Add a bit of brandy or rum for a “grown-up” version.
3. Apple Lemon Fizz
A great non-alcoholic drink that can be mixed up in a batch for your next holiday party. Or just make one for yourself and enjoy all by itself. We like to pour in a bit of sparkling water for our own homemade soda. Try it!
4. Apple Pie Smoothie
This recipe is a great way to start the day on a fall morning. With apple cider, cinnamon and a touch of maple syrup as well as the added fiber from chunks of apple, you are guaranteed a happy, healthy day!
5. Chunky Sugar-Free Cinnamon Applesauce
This chunky, spiced applesauce makes a great snack. Toss in some dried cranberries and walnuts for even more deliciousness. Also great with roast pork and on pancakes. So much better than the store-bought handi-snacks! Mott’s ain’t got nothin’ on you!
6. Smooth, Sweet Homemade Applesauce
If chunky isn’t your cup of tea, try this silky, smooth version with a touch of raw honey, a bit of freshly grated nutmeg and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Purée in the blender or food processer and enjoy!
7. Apple Butter
This sugar-free crockpot recipe can be made with almost no prep time. We use our Dynamic Chef Apple Slicer and Corer to chop 4 pounds of apples in just minutes. Then toss all the ingredients into your slow cooker and let it do all the work for you. So easy and healthy, you’ll wonder why you don’t make this more often!
8. Sweet Potato Apple Pancakes
These pancakes are gluten-free and maybe on of the best things to happen to leftovers in a long time. Use last night’s mashed sweet potatoes for a morning-after breakfast you’ll fall in love with. Combine bit of mash, some shredded apple and an egg and a little of this and that and breakfast is served! Also great as an appetizer. Try with a dollop of sour cream mixed with cinnamon. Yum!
9. Apple Pie (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan)
This recipe is not only gluten-free, it’s grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free and vegan. Oh! It’s also delicious! How can you resist? Toss in some dried cranberries for an extra flavor pop!
10. Apple Crisp
Everyone knows with an apple crisp it’s all about the topping. Cinnamon-y and delicious, this one doesn’t disappoint. Maple sweetness and pecans with just the perfect touch of salt. Did we mention it’s grain and refined sugar free?
11. Mulled Wine Poached Apples (Sugar-free!)
Red wine poached apples? Yes, please. Not only are these sugar-free and delicious, they are beautiful! I mean, look at them! Also a great idea for a poisoned apple dessert for Halloween! Serve with Greek yogurt with a touch of honey and a vanilla bean stirred in as a healthy alla mode alternative. You won’t regret it.
12. Baked Apples with Maple Syrup
Such a beautiful and healthy approach to your apple pie craving. Nuts such as almonds and walnuts add good-for-you omegas to the mix and the apples with a touch of maple syrup are the perfect sweetness in this delicious, refined sugar-free recipe. In place of raisins, also try using dried sweet cherries – divine! Serve with the dairy-free ice cream recipe mentioned in the intro or eat on it’s own warm or cooled. Yum!
13. Apple Cake or Applesauce Cake
This beautiful grain-free apple cake adapted from a Paula Deen recipe is drizzled with a sweet honey melted butter sauce that soaks deliciously into it, providing amazing flavor. The grated apple and shredded coconut are great little textures within the cake. Serve warm with a steamy cup of coffee!
14. Apple Fritters
Yes, yes, yes! An apple fritter is like a doughnut and an apple pie made love and had a baby – and this apple fritter is like it all happened in a way we shouldn’t feel bad about. Some combos you see are just wrong in every way – Crispy Crème hamburger buns, we’re looking at you – but when it’s grain-free with no refined sweetener? Now that’s something we can feel good about. These apple fritters are a very good thing.
15. Apple Cider Donuts
That just sounds good doesn’t it? Made with coconut flour and baked (not fried!), and loaded with warm apple cider, cinnamon and honey, these things are irresistible. Good thing you don’t have to resist them! With this healthy version, you can say yes please!
16. Paleo Apple Cookies
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This batch of cookies promises just that. One healthy apple transforms into this delicious batch of dreamy little cookies. Sweet grated cinnamon apple cookies sweetened with honey and maple syrup and combined with gluten-free almond flour gives us perfect little apple nuggets of goodness. Yum!
17. Honey-Caramel Apples
Paleo caramel apples? Is that even possible? The Paleo Mom teaches us that, yes, yes it is. And with only 4 ingredients and a handful of popsicle sticks, there is no reason not to make these naughty-but-nice treats.
18. Easy Low-Sugar Cucumber Apple Sorbet
Low-sugar here means no refined sugar. Yay! This delicious frozen treat is sweetened with the tiniest amount of raw honey and combines green apple, cucumber, mint and lime for an oh so refreshing after dinner palate cleaner. Enjoy!
19. Salted Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream
Genius move! Classic apple pie alla mode combined into once pint-sized (get it?) dessert. Why don’t they have this in supermarkets? Oh yeah, because if they did it would be full of bad for you sugar and chemicals. Bless the internet for delivering to us this amazing refined-sugar free, dairy free version just in time for apple pie season!
20. Apple Pie Granita
Granita is like a homemade slushie all grown-up. Super simple to make, this recipe uses maple syrup for its sweetness. Make up a batch for your next dinner party. It’s a great way to impress your guests. Serve in cocktail glasses for added effect!
21. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
Nothin’ but cinnamon and apples! These are perfect crispy treats by the handful and they make beautiful, decorative toppers for apple cakes and ice creams. Cut them cross-wise for the beautiful star effect in the middle.
22. Soft & Chewy Spiced Apple Rings
These yummy little snacks taste like a handful of apple pie heaven. With cinnamon, ginger and cardamom and just a pinch of ground cloves these little rings of joy make the perfect snack for you or your little ones.
…AND THE SAVORY
23. Apple Pomegranate Crunch Salad
This salad is full of great cruciferous greens with delicious, crisp Granny Smith apples and wonderful pop from little pomegranate seeds. The dressing is light and fresh with a squeeze of lemon and a touch of honey sweetness.
24. Apple, Pecan & Feta Salad with Honey Apple Dressing
A wonderful fall salad, crispy kale makes the base to this salad with slices of apple and feta crumbles and a light apple cider and honey dressing. A great salad to bring to any holiday potluck or as a side to a roast pork or chicken.
25. Healthy Potato Soup with Brie Cheese and Apples
Nothing says comfort better than potato leek soup. This recipe is a lighter version with no heavy cream but tons of creaminess. Thank you! The apple and brie are a perfect classic combination and do amazing things to the taste buds here. Enjoy on a cool autumn night with the ones you love.
26. Sauteed Apples & Sweet Potatoes
This apple and sweet potato recipe is a great accompaniment to both savory and sweet dishes. Try it along side a roasted chicken or topping your morning oatmeal.
27. Apple & Cheddar Whole Wheat Quesadillas
Nothing goes together like apple and cheese. Like a slice of melty cheddar on top of homemade apple pie, this quesadilla recipe hits the spot. Whole wheat tortillas make for a healthy quick snack that you will love serving up to your kids. Fast and easy to make and will disappear from the plate even faster.
28. Chicken & Spiced Apple
A delicious and easy (read: quick!) recipe. Our favorite healthy staple, boneless, skinless chicken breast, is deliciously complemented by cinnamon-spiced sautéed apples. Yum!
29. Paleo Sausage and Apple Stuffed Breakfast Bell Peppers
There are good ideas and then there are good ideas. One of our favorite ideas is make-ahead breakfast. Mix up a batch of these babies at night then throw them in the toaster oven to reheat in the morning while you run about getting set for the day. Spinach, sausage and apples in a cute little bell pepper boat! Toss a fried egg into the mix and you have yourself a great meal in a hurry! Love it!
30. Roast Pork with Apple
This recipe is not only beautiful, it’s delicious! This thing is a meal and fit for your next dinner party or holiday buffet table. Substitute the plain flour for a bit of tapioca flour for grain-free and opt for chunks of sweet potato to keep your starches low. A great classic combination!
We hope you enjoy these and all that the holiday season has to offer. Enjoy your friends and family and feel free to check out our many other recipes including our 30 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes post, which is one of our most popular. We hope your days are filled with love, light and happiness and we hope that by sharing these recipes we might be some small part of it. Happy holidays!