Treats with a Healthy Twist for Your Fresh Picked Apples This Fall

by: Danielle Ternyila

Burn some calories exploring your local apple orchard picking some fresh fruit to use in some of these great apple recipes. There is far more, and much healthier options, than apple pie!

Whether you are looking for a dessert, snack, or even an app, apples are a great fruit to add and can be so easy to pair with when you have a few recipes, like these! Benjamin Franklin once coined the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” With the antioxidants and immune support, and even fiber among among so many other nutrients, we all know apples should be a part of our diet, so there is no reason to argue with Ben.

1. Apple Chunk Guacamole

Next time you’re making fresh homemade guac, chop up some apple into bite size chunks and mix it in with your other ingredients! My sister gets all the credit for this delicious recipe, but but feel free to try what you want with it. What I will say is: don’t knock it till you try it.

Ashley’s Autumn Apple Guac: 2 ripe avocados, 1 apple, ½ small red onion, 1 garlic clove, ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, 1 lime, and a pinch of salt. Dice, chop, and mash these ingredients as you normally would for your homemade guacamole, then cut up that apple into small bite-size chunks to mix in too. It will add unique and sweet flavor to this classic party recipe.

2. Apple Dessert Nachos

This is a favorite no one can turn down! Slice your apples into thin wedges like chips, drizzle them with nut butter (this will get you some protein, too!), and top with coconut shreds, dark chocolate chips, and cinnamon for a delicious and healthy apple snack. If you want to keep your apple slices fresh, use a little lemon juice to keep them from browning.

3. Apple Oatmeal for Breakfast

Add apple chunks to your morning breakfast for some added seasonal flavor! Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, and there are plenty of options out there now if you need breakfast with more protein or less sugar. You can also add some apple chunks to a new overnight oats blend to get in all the fall flavors early and get you excited for the day!

My favorite combination for apple overnight oats include almond milk (always my preferred milk!), apple chunks, nonfat greek yogurt, cinnamon, and some almonds or walnuts for a crunch!

4. Apples in a Sheet-Pan Dinner

This is a favorite autumn dish for me! I’ll add in chunks of apple with unique dishes some might normally not consider. Much like my sister’s incredible guacamole, some sliced apple adds a unique taste to your dinners. What I love about a sheet-pan dish is I can cook it all at once!

Brussel sprouts, sweet potato, apple and chicken is a delicious combination, or try sausage, potatoes, and squash. Skip the same boring dinners and apple pie desserts; combine apples and some simple dishes, or even in a skillet dish, and you’ll find some delicious new meals to add to your weekly rotation of recipes!

5. Bake with Homemade Applesauce

Use those fresh handpicked apples from your local farm to make some homemade applesauce, which can also be used to replace eggs in most recipes, providing a vegan alternative even considering other ingredients in the dish. I make most of my cookies now with apple sauce for the sake of a few vegan friends, and the convenience of not having to run to the grocery store when I’m out of eggs. This can be especially helpful with too many apples on your hands after a fun day out this fall! Consider your favorite chocolate chip cookie with apple sauce.

Which recipe are you dying to try now?

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