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Apple-picking Goodness: Recipes for Fall's Favorite Fruit

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Get ready to embrace the delightful crunch of autumn leaves with every step! Indulge in the joy of apple picking and baking without compromising your health this season. Discover our handpicked collection of nutritious apple recipes that are perfect for the autumnal festivities.

Calling all apple-lovers! Follow these wholesome recipes to fully savor the delights of fall.

Healthy Apple Crisp

If you want to avoid added sugar, dairy, and gluten, follow this Healthy Apple Crisp recipe this fall. This is the perfect baked treat for when you are craving fall comfort food. You don’t have to give up on your healthy diet to enjoy apple desserts. 

Ingredients

For the inside of the apple crisp, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups of Honeycrisp apples, peeled and sliced 
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger

For the crisp topping, you will need these ingredients:

  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg 
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of old-fashioned oats
  • ⅓ cup of chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Preparation Instructions

Follow these steps to make the perfect healthy apple crisp:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Grease a baking dish (8 x 8 works best)
  3. Peel and cut your apple slices into ¼-inch thick slices.
  4. Melt the coconut oil.
  5. Toss your apples in with the oil, cinnamon, and ginger mix
  6. In a separate bowl, mix the crisp topping ingredients together
  7. Place the apple mixture into the bottom of the baking dish.
  8. Layer the crisp topping mixture on top of the apple mixture evenly
  9. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake the apple crisp for 20 minutes
  10. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and bake the apple crisp for another 10 to 20 minutes, or until the crisp topping is golden brown
  11. Remove the apple crisp dish from the oven and let it cool
  12. Serve warm or at room temperature, and enjoy!

This recipe contains no added sugar and is sweetened only with maple syrup. You can choose all-natural maple syrup or use a low-calorie substitute. 

Whole Wheat Apple Breakfast Muffins

Need a breakfast that you can prepare and freeze easily? These Whole Wheat Apple Breakfast Muffins are healthy and delicious, and they can be stored in bulk. You don’t have to worry about rushing to get breakfast ready for the family anymore. Whole wheat ingredients are a great source of nutrients and do not include refined white sugars. 

Ingredients 

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • ⅔ cup of pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups of shredded apples
  • Optional: ¾ cup of chopped pecans or walnuts

If you want to add extra sweetness to these breakfast muffins, you can sprinkle some coarse sugar on top. We have left out this ingredient to keep the recipe more health-conscious, but it may be a good option for picky eaters and children. 

Preparation Instructions

To prepare this recipe, follow these steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Use nonstick spray or muffin liners on a 12-count muffin pan
  3. Combine the baking powder, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and salt in a large bowl
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract with a whisk
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients in one bowl
  6. Add in the shredded apples and optional nuts
  7. Fold these ingredients together until they are evenly combined
  8. Pour this batter into the muffin pan, filling each cup to the top
  9. Sprinkle the coarse sugar on top of each muffin if you are using this ingredient
  10. Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425 degrees
  11. After 5 minutes, turn the temperature down to 350 degrees
  12. Bake for an additional 16 to 18 minutes, checking the muffin centers with a toothpick
  13. Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool
  14. If you are freezing these muffins for breakfast prep, wait until they have cooled and then transfer them to freezer containers
  15. Reheat muffins in the microwave and serve them immediately, or allow them to thaw in the refrigerator for one day before the desired serving time

This is a great recipe for busy folks who want to prepare for future breakfasts. Children will enjoy these healthy apple muffins as much as adults will!

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are perfect for people who need quick, tasty breakfasts each morning. These Apple Pie Overnight Oats will satisfy your cravings for pie without adding inches to your waist. 

Ingredients

For this overnight oat recipe, you will need: 

  • ½ cup of chopped apple
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • Pinch of cinnamon, to taste
  • ½ cup of old-fashioned oats
  • ½ to ¾ cup of unsweetened dairy-free milk 
  • ¼ cup of plain Greek yogurt (for a dairy-free alternative, use coconut yogurt)
  • 2 teaspoons of maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Optional toppings: almond butter, chopped nuts, chia seeds

You can use an apple pie spice mixture, either store-bought or homemade, in place of the ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. This will more closely resemble the delectable flavors of apple pie. 

Preparation Instructions

To prepare these overnight oats, follow these steps:

  1. Add the chopped apples, maple syrup, and pinch of cinnamon into a bowl and microwave for 30 to 60 seconds
  2. Combine these ingredients thoroughly
  3. Set aside ¼ cup of these apples for the topping
  4. Add and combine the old-fashioned oats, dairy-free milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon or apple pie spice into a jar or other container with a lid
  5. Add ¼ cup of the apple mixture into the oat mixture and mix
  6. Refrigerate the jar overnight or as long as desired
  7. When you are ready to serve this mixture, add the ¼ cup of the apples you set aside and your desired toppings
  8. Enjoy this recipe chilled or heated

This recipe is perfect for those who need on-the-go breakfast options. Enjoy this metaphorical slice of apple pie this fall!

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