This week it officially became Fall!! Woohoo! To celebrate our first Fall living in a new place, my husband and I went apple picking for the very first time!
Even though I love Florida, there are many things that Floridians miss out on when it comes to Fall…cooler weather, changing leaves, and apple picking! Growing up in Florida I remember going to the pumpkin patch to pick up my pumpkin, but never had the chance to experience apple picking. Florida is known for its citrus fruit (they’re everywhere) but there’s not many apple farms.
Now that I’m in Oregon, I am trying to experience some new things, so off to the Kiyokawa apple orchard we went!
It was super fun to pull around the little red wagon and check out all the apple varieties. I never knew there were so many different kinds of apples. This particular orchard had 30 different varieties of apples!
We were there just in time for honeycrisp apple picking, so we loaded up on them (Wes’ favorite), as well as some crimson red, gala, and fuji apples (my favorite).
I can’t remember what their name was, but we came across some of the largest apples I had ever seen! They were almost as big as my head!! I was super impressed.
Healthy Apple Recipes
Once we got back home I started dreaming of all the apple recipes I could make using our new fresh apples from our adventures in apple picking! I like to eat apples raw, but there is just something about a good apple dessert with some cinnamon on top that screams Fall!
So, I have rounded up some of the best-looking apple recipes for you, along with my very first healthy apple pie recipe that turned out great! I have to admit that I am usually a huge pumpkin fan (as you can see from these pumpkin recipes from last Fall) but this year I’m all about the apples! I haven’t even had a bite of pumpkin yet! These recipes will have you forgetting about pumpkin!
Apple Recipes for Breakfast
No Sugar Added Apple Cinnamon Granola by Healthy Helper
Apple Butter Muffins by Food, Pleasure & Health
Apple Pie Granola by Uproot From Oregon
Baked Apple Pancake by Uproot From Oregon
Apple Cider Muffins by Chicago Jogger
Apple Cider Protein Pancakes by A Fit Philosophy
Apple Gingerbread Muffins by Strength & Sunshine
Cinnamon Apple Proat Muffins by A Fit Philosophy
Gluten Free Apple Crisp Parfait by Food, Faith, Fitness
Apple Cider Donuts with Molasses Dulce de Leche Glaze by Ari’s Menu
Breakfast Apple Cupcakes by Sprint 2 the Table
Apple Pie Donuts with Salted Caramel “Frosting” by Fresh, Fit N’ Healthy
Apple Ring Pancakes by Fresh, Fit N’ Healthy
Apple Recipes for Dessert
Clean Eating Apple Crisp by He and She Eat Clean
Simple Layered Apple Crisp by Uproot From Oregon
Miracle Crust Apple Pie by Little Chef Big Appetite
Gluten Free Maple Apple Crisp by The Fit Cookie
Carmel Apple Galette by The Fit Cookie
Clean Eating Baked Apples by Clean Eating Couple
Nutty Apple Cake by Nutrition Starring You
Whole Wheat Easy Apple Pie Recipe
I learned how to make apple pie using the honey crisp apples we got apple picking. I had never made an apple pie before, but with all these apples, who could resist a try?
It ended up being a pretty simple apple pie recipe. I got the recipe from my mother-in-law and modified it just a bit to make a little healthier version, using a whole wheat crust and flour.
- 2 9-inch whole wheat pie crusts (you can get these at Whole Foods)
- 4 large or 3 medium Honey Crisp apples, peeled and thinly sliced (or apples of choice)
- 1/4 Cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 Cup Sugar (can substitute 1 1/2 Tablespoon powdered stevia for sugar-free version)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Dash of salt
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- Heat oven to 425 degrees F
- Prepare pie crust as directed (thaw)
- Stir together flour, sugar (or stevia), cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
- Mix with apples
- Pour apple mixture into bottom pie crust
- Dot with butter
- Cover with top crust
- Place pie on aluminum foil and cover edges of pie crust with 2-3 inches of foil to prevent browning
- Cut a few slits in top of crust
- Sprinkle the top of pie crust with cinnamon if desired
- Bake 35 minutes
- Remove aluminum foil from crust and bake an additional 15 - 20 minutes or until crust begins to brown
- Whole wheat pie crusts can be found at whole foods, as well as whole wheat pastry dough to make your own crusts.
Apple Drink Recipes
Apple Crisp Smoothie by FITAspire
Caramel Apple Pie Smoothie by Fresh, Fit N’ Healthy
Apple Pie Protein Shake by Maybe I Will
Apple Sauces and Dips
Slow Cooker Apple Butter by Food, Pleasure, & Health
Crockpot Pumpkin Apple Butter by Fresh, Fit, N’ Healthy
Apple Snacks and Main Dishes
Baked Apple Stuffed Crumble by The Kitchen Table
Baked Apple Chips with Cashew Cinnamon Dip by Tasting Page
Apple Nachos by Fairyburger
Apple Sage Sablefish by FITAspire
There you have it! 30 delicious healthy apple recipes that will make you forget about pumpkin this Fall!
Which one are you going to try?