It may be hard to pick out my all-time favorite fall dishes, but it is incredibly easy to pick out my favorite fall fruit— apples, of course! Seeing all of the wonderful apple recipes online, I just had to compile this list myself. From main dishes to snacks, the possibilities are endless and you are going to FALL in love with them, too!
Health Benefits of Apples
There is a popular saying: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But does it? Much research has been done confirming the health benefits of apples. In fact, apples are even listed in the top 15 healthy foods on Medical News Today.
So what’s so special about apples? They are extremely rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin K, and complex B vitamins.
What’s better is that a medium apple contains about 100 calories and 3.93 grams fiber. That’s to say, if you’re hungry, a juicy apple can make you feel full while aiding weight loss by reducing the risk of overeating!
A quick tip: the skin of the apple contains most of its nutrients, so it’s better to keep it on when eating.
I feel excited to introduce you to this heavenly salad: roasted carrots and apples. There are other vegetables included, too, and you can feel free to add your own favorites. It’s easy and takes you only 20 minutes to make. The deliciousness from the combination of fruits and vegetables is simply out of this world!
Brie has often been called “The Queen of Cheeses” and is loved by many. Its creamy texture and rich flavor turn every dish it touches into something regal. In this recipe, the warm, creamy brie is mixed with fresh apple and honey, and served on a toasted bread or cracker base. A beautiful blend of flavors and textures. You can get creative and add different kinds of butter, jams, or nuts, to boost the flavor, but I think it’s perfect just the way it is. Thank you, your Majesty!
Apple Main Courses
This amazing dinner recipe combines all the fall flavors I love: sweet potato, chicken, bacon, Brussel sprouts, and apple. Everything’s going into the same pan means you get all those flavors in each bite. It is even gluten-free, low-carb and whole 30 compliant.
When fall settles in, do you find yourself looking for something warm? This dish is here for you! It’s overflowing with chicken, melted cheddar and apples – these ingredients are just meant to be together. They can be made in 15 minutes, which makes them a simple yet ideal way to cap off a fall day.
High chance that you will be amazed by the combination of sweet and savory flavors in this foolproof beef stew. Slow cooking allows the beef, apples and sweet carrots to become really tender and soak up all the different flavors. This apple beef stew is incredibly flexible too. You can add your own spin on the vegetables by using sweet potatoes, turnips, or pumpkins, it’s almost impossible to mess this up. Serve it with hearty, crusty bread, or rice. There’s nothing like walking into the kitchen and smelling this stew in the slow cooker.
I still remember the day I fell in love with stuffings. I was at my friend’s Christmas party and found a stuffing served as the main dish (yes please). Since then, I have been trying to come up with the perfect stuffing, and this recipe nails it: apples, crunchy celery, lightly caramelized onions, and aromatic herbs. The bread soaks all the flavorful goodness while turning crispy on the top when baked. I could eat this all day long!
It is the apple season after all! If you want to keep apples throughout the whole year to enjoy, this apple chips recipe can do it.To make these chips, dry apple slices at a low temperature in the oven, and add some seasoning and spices if you want when it’s done drying. The result? Delicious tasting apple chips! Not only does cinnamon bring out an amazing fall flavor, it is also a low-calorie snack. These homemade, sugar-free chips are crunchy, addictive, and totally healthy.
Apple crisp is probably one of those recipes that many people may have in their personal recipe book. Like most other baked apple recipes, there is one tip to remember: using firm apples (like Granny Smith) for better flavor and texture.
I like how the tartness balances out the sweet crisp topping. You can add other things to this recipe to tailor it to your taste, e.g. walnuts or almonds to the crisp.
A quick tip: leaving the apples unpeeled can actually add a fun texture to the crisp!
Whenever you are in the mood for something fruity and creamy, try this apple bread rolls recipe. It takes less than 10 minutes to make a warm, delicious plate of bread rolls. You can even make it savory by adding other ingredients that go well with apples: ham, bacon, carrots, etc. Up to you!
This sugar-free tea recipe includes simple ingredients: apples, cinnamon, ginger, and star anise. I love how you can make use of the peels and cores left over from snacking on apples to make this beverage. Such a nice way to go zero-waste! The mixture of the apples and spices creates a beautiful warm aroma and fresh taste. Ginger is also a natural remedy for colds and flu. Best thing is, this apple tea can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days for cold serves, and whenever you feel like having a hot cup, simply reheat it in the microwave or on the stove.
Did you know there are two different methods for making apple juice? The first is to juice fresh apples. The second involves boiling apples and preserving the juice so it can be kept longer. Add some orange peels and spices to the mix and you have this wonderful fall drink.
Quick tip: when it comes to the kind of apple to use, nothing can beat low acidic varieties like Juliet, Ambrosia, or Fuji. They are naturally sweet, so you don’t have to add any sweeteners if you don’t want to.
When I think of a cake that will wow my family and friends (but is also easy to make), sunken apple cake is the first thing to come to my mind. No difficult techniques are required and it can be all done within an hour. The best part about this traditional German cake is all the ingredients needed are probably already available in your pantry.
A quick tip: you should make this cake a day in advance. When left to sit, the apple flavor infuses into the cake, and it becomes more moist and flavorful.
Granola bars are my perfect “on-the-go” snack whenever I wake up late and don’t have enough time for a proper homemade breakfast. Most of granola bar recipes are easy to make, and so is this one. The coconut oil and apple sauce are melted in a pot, then mixed together with spices, oats, and rice cereal. Next, the mixture is pressed into a tray, decorated with apple slices, and baked.
The edge is crunchy while the inside remains chewy. These bars can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
Bottom line is, they truly taste like apple pie and every bite puts a smile on your face.
For this caramel apple coffee cake, , oat flour and almond flour are substituted for all-purpose flour. This gives the cake a nice, fluffy texture, and makes it gluten-free. The apple-cinnamon coffee cake is delicious on its own, but the addition of the caramel takes the flavor to a whole other level. This cake, with all the classic fall flavors combined, would be perfect for desserts, brunches, or snacks anytime.
There are two kinds of people in the world: pancake people and waffle people. If you are a pancake person, you might change your mind after trying a piece of this apple cider waffle.
These waffles are crisp on the edge, fluffy on the inside and full of apple cinnamon flavor. Plus, they are also fantastically easy. I often serve these waffles with warm maple syrup and a cup of latte or a large glass of earl grey tea to finish them off. A glass of milk would also do. I do know lots of people like milk with their waffles!
Apple butter cinnamon swirl bread might seem complicated but really it’s surprisingly simple. If you can make cinnamon rolls, then you can do this bread with your eyes shut (okay that’s a bit emphasizing).It tastes just like the cinnamon swirl bread my mom used to buy from the bakery when I was younger – soft, moist yeast loaf with the flavor of apple butter and cinnamon in every bite. A wonderful breakfast or snack!