14 Amazing Apple Recipes for Fall

14 Amazing Apple Recipes for Fall

When we’re hankering for something that’s crispy, crunchy and juicy, there’s only one fruit we reach for — the amazing apple! A good source of antioxidants and vitamin C, apples also have a significant amount of fiber that will keep you satisfied. Plus, studies have linked apple consumption to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. But beware: those sugar-laden caramel apples and cider donuts at the local orchard definitely aren’t doing your waistline any favors. If you’re craving a sweet apple treat, we’ve got 14 healthier apple recipes for you to try. (Cinnamon-apple chips, multigrain muffins and slimmed-down mini donuts ahead!)

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14 Healthy Apple Recipes

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

1. Apple Oatmeal Cookies 
These treats are lower in fat than your average treat because they feature applesauce instead of butter. (But don’t worry, your taste buds will still go wild for the crunchy, chewy texture!) At 110 calories a pop, you won’t feel guilty about snacking on one or two with a glass of apple cider. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by DailyBurn 

Apple Sandwiches

2. Mini Peanut-Butter and Apple Sandwiches
This easy snack delivers a one-two punch in the nutrition department — it’s got a hearty dose of protein and fiber. Whip up homemade granola beforehand and this recipe will take a mere five minutes to pull together. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn 


3. Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes
Pancakes are a delicious way to fuel up for fall and winter mornings. This paleo-friendly recipe includes nutritious and protein-packed bananas, eggs and almond butter. Photo and recipe: Trina / PaleoNewbie

Apple Kale Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

4. Apple-Kale Green Smoothie
Granny Smith apple is the star of this easy breakfast recipe. Kale and cucumber add additional fiber that will keep you energized all morning long. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn 

Photo: Renee Blair

5. Sweet Potato Apple and Cinnamon Muffins
Muffins are a great on-the-go breakfast for rushed mornings. Try this slimmed down version and stay satisfied until lunchtime since it’s loaded with heart healthy grains. Finish it off with optional streusel for a sweet crunch. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by DailyBurn 

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6. Carrot Apple Mint Slaw
Looking for the perfect side dish? This fruit and veggie slaw gets its creaminess from Greek yogurt and uses a minimal amount of mayo. Make it ahead of time and store it in your fridge for up to three days. Photo and recipe: Brenda Bennett / SugarFreeMom

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7. Caramel Apple Popcorn
Instead of topping popcorn with processed caramel candy, consider making this homemade apple cider-infused recipe as an alternative. The challenge: not eating the whole batch in one sitting! Photo and recipe: Jocelyn/ Grandbaby-Cakes

Apple Pie Granola Bar Recipe

8. Apple Pie Granola Bar Recipe
Stash one of these bars in your bag for instant energy. Fiber from apples and oats will keep you fueled up and ready to tackle even your longest to-do listPhoto and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by DailyBurn 

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9. Apple Pie Blondies with Brown Sugar Frosting
Based on the photo, it’s hard to believe this delectable dessert is vegan and gluten-free! These rich brownies pair perfectly with the light applesauce-flavored frosting. Though the cake base and frosting may take some time to make, the end result will be worth the wait.  Photo and recipe: Jessica / Desserts With Benefits

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10. Healthier Mini Apple Cider Donuts
Though warm donuts from the orchard look (and smell!) tempting, odds are that they’re loaded with sugar and unhealthy fats. Make your own center-less treat with this recipe that uses egg whites, apple cider and a minimal amount of brown sugar. They clock in at around 100 calories per 50 gram serving, meaning you can go back for seconds! Photo and recipe: Ruta / Mix It Up

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11. Caramel Apple Protein Shake
If you’re in a post-gym shake rut, switch things up by sipping on this protein-packed seasonal beverage. Sugar-free butterscotch pudding mix is the secret ingredient giving it a nice, not-too-thick texture. Photo and recipe: Christin / Fort Mill SC Living

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12. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
Transform your bushels of apples into crunchy chips! Once you perfect the slicing, you’ll want to make a huge batch of these sweet crisps. The hardest part will be waiting out the three-hour baking and cool time. Photo and recipe: Veronica / The Vegetarian Ginger

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13. Bite-Sized Healthier Apple Pie
Not only are these sweet treats perfectly portioned, they’re also significantly healthier than the average pie pastry. With no butter, processed flour or white sugar, this recipe is certified vegan and gluten-free.  Photo and recipe: Jessica / Desserts With Benefits

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14. Sugar-Free Apple Pie Chia Seed Breakfast Parfait
Thanks to the fruit’s natural sweetness, no additional sugar is needed in this inventive recipe for chia seed spread. By not mashing the apples completely, you’ll create a chunky-textured, vegan jam. Layer it with homemade oats overnight and wake up to an apple-tastic meal! Photo and recipe: Angela Liddon / Oh She Glows

Originally posted September 2013. Updated October 2015.