Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, apples are known to help boost our overall health and well-being. This fiber-rich fruit is a great snack when hunger strikes—especially if weight loss is your goal. It’s low in calorie and is sure to hold you off between meals when paired with a nutritious dip.
But while apples may be famous for dipping in nut butter and packing on a loud crunch, they’re actually more versatile than you think. Turns out, this sweet (and sometimes tart) fruit can be used in a variety of recipes from chilled applesauce and hot soups to spiced cocktails.
Ready for the recipes? Some are sweet, some are savory—all are delicious. Let’s bring on the apples!
Love apple pie? Loathe the calories? We’ve got you covered. Sip on this smoothie when the cravings call. Made with plant-based protein powder, wholesome oats, fall spices and natural applesauce, this thick shake is sure to suffice. Crying over the lack of crust? Crush up an Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Graham (or two) and sprinkle on top when you’re in the mood for a little extra somethin’.
Head to your local farmer’s market (don’t forget your reusable bags) and pick up some local, in-season fruits and veggies for this creative recipe. This dish is comprised of all your favorite soup ingredients (onions, spices and herbs) combined with traditional fall flavors including butternut squash—and you guessed it—apples. After heating up all of these smell-good ingredients, use a blender to puree the contents into a smooth, creamy soup!
Sometimes, there’s just no time to prepare baked goods. But if you’re heading to a feast, arriving empty-handed is not an option. This vegan and gluten-free apple dessert recipe, which yields 24 no-bake bites, is ideal for health-conscious busy bees with little time to spare. Simply combine sweet dates, apples, coconut flour and a few other ingredients for an out-of-this-world treat fit for sharing with family and friends. Let your kiddos join in on the fun (face it, you can use their helping hands) and have them roll the batter into bite-size balls.
A steaming mug of apple cider is the perfect autumn indulgence. When the temperature starts to drop, try this boozy version made with brandy and black walnut bitters. Serve in a hollowed out apple with a cinnamon stick and you’ll forget all about those chills! Opt for our alcohol-free version, made with a touch of tart, by following our recipe for warm & calming cranberry-apple cider.
This savory stuffing is packed with warm autumn flavors that pair well with your favorite Thanksgiving feast staples from meat-free “turkey” loaf to green bean casserole. Impress your guests with hearty, whole-grain bread melded with sweet-tart apples, cranberries, walnuts and unique seasonings.
There really isn’t much a slow cooker can’t do. Use this trusty appliance to create the most delicious applesauce you’ve ever tasted. First step, take the family apple picking. Second, prep your own fresh, organic, cinnamon-y applesauce. For a little extra flair, sprinkle some walnuts, raisins and granola on top before serving.