12 Healthy Apple Recipes You Need to Try Now

12 Healthy Apple Recipes You Need to Try Now

Apples and apple recipes explained

Because an apple a day keeps the doctor away! 

Apples are refreshing with a nice balance of sweet and sour.  They are healthy and available year round.  In addition, they add a bit of sweetness and fruity flavor while adding fiber to recipes.    

Apples work well in a wide variety of recipes.  Here is all you need to know to get cooking with apples.

How do you enjoy apples?

Enjoy apples by themselves or use them in recipes.  You can buy apples fresh, frozen and dried. 

Apples are delicious and add sweetness and tartness to apple recipes.  Apples have textures ranging from soft to crisp.  Apples skin color ranges from green to red to yellow. 

fresh apples being sliced and peeled for apple recipes
Fresh apples work well in a wide variety of recipes.  Pictured are apples being sliced and peeled for apple recipes!

Apples pair well with a wide range of foods.  Some of these foods include

  • Vegetables: celery, red cabbage, carrots, butternut squash, pumpkin
  • Nuts: peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios
  • Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, grapes, raisins, mangos, oranges, pears, pineapple,
  • Spices and Extracts: Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, rose, sage, horseradish, cilantro, coriander seed
  • Others: bacon, pork, cheese, shellfish

Every apple type has a unique and special attributes.  The most common apples you can find in US grocery stores are Red Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Gala and Pink Lady.  

Substitutes for fresh apples in apple recipes

Apples are available in the grocery store year round here.  Regardless, if you want to make an apple recipe but do not have fresh apples you can use substitutes. 

First, dried apples are excellent substitutes in recipes.  Soak the dried apples in warm water until they plump up. 

fresh apple and dried apple slices for apple recipes
Dried and frozen apples can be used as substitutes for fresh apples in apple recipes.

On the other hand, you can use frozen apples in apple recipes.  Frozen apples will be a bit more watery so in baked goods reduce the amount of liquid added. 

What are cooking apples?

Are you using an apple recipe that calls for cooking apples?  Have you wondered, what are cooking apples?

Cooking apples are apples used mostly for in cooked recipes.  Culinary apples are another name for them.  In contract, apples mainly eaten raw are dessert apples.  Many types apples can be both cooking apples and dessert apples.

Cooking apples are generally larger and tarter than dessert varieties.  Some cooking apples are ideal because they do not become mushy or soft after cooking.

What’s a good cooking apple?

Some common cooking apples are Granny Smith, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, Gala.

Cooking apples can be apples for baking, cooking and applesauce.  Here are suggestions for those categories

Cooking and Baking: Rome, Granny Smith, Braeburn and Jonagold

Applesauce: Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Fuji

Apples displayed for sale by variety. Some are sweet apples and others are cooking apples.
Apples displayed for sale by variety. Some are sweet apples and others are cooking apples.

What are apples good for?

Apples are good for adding a touch of sweetness, some of tartness and mild fruity flavor to recipes and dishes. 

Apple picking generally happens in the fall, so they are excellent additions to fall dishes and holiday dishes.

Are apples good for you?

Yes, apples are healthy.  They contain nutrients, fiber and antioxidants that are beneficial for your body.

Does an apple a day keeps the doctor away?  Maybe, apples are healthy and are a superfood fruit.  Many people consider apples to be one of the healthiest foods in the world.

They are full of fiber (good source at 4.37 grams per apple or 17% of your DV).  Fiber is good for digestion and can help lower cholesterol.

They also contain antioxidants that support overall body health.  One desirable antioxidant in apples is vitamin C.  Vitamin C boosts your immune system and helps with the growth and the repair of tissues.

What can you do with fresh apples?

Fresh apples work in many different types of recipes.  Remember that some apples perform better in cooked and baked apple recipes. 

Add fresh apples to salads, eat them as part of a snack, use them in baked good, make applesauce or apple butter. 

apple butter is a healthy apple recipe
Apple butter is a healthy apple recipe you can make with fresh apples.

How do you use dried apples?

Similar to fresh apples, dried apples are delicious and can be eaten alone or used in recipes.  Dried apples have much less water than their fresh counterpart does.

Just like fresh apples, many foods including salads, oatmeal, cookies, muffins, breads and trail mix are great with dried apples.

You can also substitute dried apples with other dried fruits in recipes.

Can you eat fresh apples without cooking?

Yes, you can eat fresh apples without cooking them.  Apples eaten raw most of the time are dessert apples.  The most common dessert apple varieties are Red Delicious, Gala, Cripps Pinks (Pink Lady) and Honeycrisp apples.

Fresh apples can be added to salads, eaten as snacks and added to smoothies.

kale salad with apples
Fresh apples can be added to salads, eaten as snacks and added to smoothies.

What can I do with lots of apples?

Make the apple recipes in this post anytime and when you have a lot of apples.  You can eat apples raw, cook them, bake with them, freeze them and dehydrate them.

What can you do with apples before they go bad?

Apples are very versatile.  You can eat them, cook them, freeze them or dehydrate them.  The apple recipes below are a range from smoothies to salads.  You can experiment and try adding apples to dishes you are making.  Get creative and let me know your best discovery – tag #sherlockhungry

12 Healthy and Delicious Apple Recipes

Apples are used in a wide variety of apple recipes.  You can buy fresh apples all year, so these recipes are based on fresh apples.  Apples are healthy and increase the nutrition of the recipe you are making. 

Healthy Apple Smoothie

This first apple smoothie is a delicious and healthy smoothie made with apples, coconut milk and cinnamon. You can enjoy it all year long.

Healthy Pumpkin Apple Pie Smoothie

Healthy pumpkin apple pie smoothies are delicious because it is all your favorite things about fall in one glass! A perfect fall recipe.

Apple Pancakes

These delicious apple pancakes are filled with apple and raisins. They are a great breakfast or finger food.

Savory Muffin with Pumpkin and Sage

Try these savory muffins for breakfast or a snack. They are paleo and GAPS-friendly.  Please note, the recipe calls for ½ a cup of fat. You can replace half of that with pumpkin puree if you are watching your fat intake. 

Apple Nachos

Apple nachos are a fun, quick snack.  They can be dressed with your favorite toppings like nut butter and chopped peanuts for a quick, delicious snack.  Leave out the chocolate chips and add chopped fruits such as grapes or raisins. 

12 healthy apple recipes you need to try now
12 Healthy, Delicious apple recipes you need to try now!

Super Slimy Snail Snacks

These slimy snail snacks include fruit, veggies and protein for a healthy afternoon snack.  They are also so cute you will enjoy eating them.

Instant Pot Apple Apple Infused Water Recipe

This Apple Apple Infused Water is so refreshing and delicious.  You need just 2 ingredients and a few minutes to make it.  If you do not have a instant pot, use a pot and boil on the stove.

Homemade Apple Crisps

These homemade apple crisps are super easy and actually good for you.  These homemade apple chips are the perfect fall snack. 

Spiced Apple Butter

This easy spiced apple butter in the instant pot will fill your kitchen a delicious smells and tastes of fall! This recipe is paleo, GAPS-friendly, vegan, and low-carb.  If you do not have a instant pot, you can make this on the stove or even in a slow cooker. 

Apple and Cinnamon Wedges

Sautéed apple and cinnamon wedges are a delicious snack for people of all ages.  They are also quick and simple to make.  Eat as a healthy dessert or serve with some Greek yogurt for dipping for a snack.

All-Natural Applesauce

This all-natural applesauce is very easy to make and requires only 3 ingredients.  It is vegan, gluten-free and has no added sugars or sweeteners.  The apples are sweet enough so this applesauce is very healthy.  

Healthy Vegan Waldorf Salad

This Healthy Vegan Waldorf Salad is a vegan take on the classic Waldorf salad.  The deliciously creamy apple cider vinegar dressing is perfect for this lighter and fresher version.

Apple Butter (No Added Sugar)

This Apple Butter recipe does not have any added sweeteners or sugars.  You can make it without the added ginger or cloves if you do not like those spices.  I made it with just apples and ate it all within a few days, yum yum! 

Apple Recipe Tips & Conclusion

Apples work in a wide variety of apple recipes.  They are healthy and delicious.

This delicious fruit are available all year in recipes, including fall recipes and the holiday recipes.  You can buy apples fresh, frozen or dried to use in apple recipes!

Get creative and tag #sherlockhungry to let me know what you create.


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