30 Different Ways to Eat Apples (Not Just Pie!)


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Apple season is upon us, which means you might find yourself with an abundance of apples. We love the idea of doing some at-home apple science with the kids, but we also love to eat them! So we’ve gathered up a bunch of sweet and savory recipes that make use of fall’s best fruit, from apple pie to chicken salad to apple crisp. Grab a bag of Galas and read on to get this party started. Oh, and don’t forget your apple peeler

Salt & Lavender

Apple Slaw

We love the idea of adding apples to coleslaw, courtesy of Salt & Lavender. The apple adds a punch of tartness, and the slaw goes great with pork, tacos and sandwiches. Click here to get the recipe.

The Gluten Free Gathering

Apple and Kale Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is one of our favorite easy lunches, and this version from The Gluten Free Gathering is a total winner. It’s got the perfect mix of sweet, savory and crunchy elements, and it’s good for you too! To see the recipe, click here.


Apple Chicken Cheddar Galette

Good news: Honey and Birch has your new fave dinner recipe. It looks fancy, but it’s super simple, and the kiddos will love that it’s cheesy too. And if you don’t have the time to make your own pie dough? Try store-bought … we won’t tell. 

The Viet Vegan

Apple Chips

Give your after-school snack an apple upgrade! These apple chips from The Viet Vegan are a healthy way to fuel up and way better than the store-bought version. Plus, they’re easy to make and will disappear in a blink. 

Food Banjo

Peanut Butter Apple Toast

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the tastiest—like this twist on toast from Food Banjo. It’s got peanut butter, a spread of apple slices, and a drizzle of honey that takes things up a notch. Perfect for breakfast or a truly memorable snack. 

The View from Great Island

Baked Breakfast Apples

Your breakfast never looked so good! The View from Great Island combines baked apples with oatmeal, and tops it all with a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of yogurt! The result is hearty and oh-so-delicious. 

Honey and Birch

Apple Cake Sundae

What do you get when you combine apple cake, vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle? You get this delicious recipe from Honey and Birch. The cake is a snap to make, and you can even use store-bought caramel. 

Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yep, you can totally pull it off thanks to this recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen. These little bites are loaded with whole grain oats, apples and cinnamon and make a delicious quick breakfast or healthy snack. 

A Taste of Madness

Apple Cinnamon Sticky Buns

Get ready for the easiest, most apple sticky buns ever! A Taste of Madness uses Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, apples and some extra cinnamon goodness to make the most delicious and decadent dish your brunch menu has ever seen. 

The Merry Thought

Apple Sandwiches

Here’s a quick and easy snack that kids of all ages will gobble up. Fill ‘em up with peanut butter, granola or whatever else your littles prefer. 

Perchance to Cook

Applesauce Cake

How cute is this cake from Perchance to Cook? Get the little ones involved in stirring together the batter and arranging the apple slices on top. An added bonus: it’s gluten free for sensitive tummies and paleo for diet-minded parents. 

Scrummy Lane

Toffee Apple Chocolate Bark

Everybody loves chocolate bark, and this version from Scrummy Lane goes above and beyond with dried apples and honeycomb sprinkled on top. It’s not just a great dessert—it also makes an impressive gift! Did we mention it’s easy to make? 

Garlic My Soul

Grilled Cheese with Apple & Jam

Take your grilled cheese to the next level by sneaking thinly sliced apples and blueberry jam inside—the little ones will love the salty-sweet combo. Pair it with a bowl of tomato soup for a zero-fuss weeknight meal. Click here to see the full recipe.

Timothy Krause via flickr

Crock Pot Apple Cider

We love how this simple cider recipe from Baker Bettie uses a Crock Pot for extra simplicity—and how it makes the whole house smell like yummy cinnamon, nutmeg and other fun fall spices. 

Kerry Altiero

Roast Chops with Apples, Spuds and Cider

Warm up with a hearty combination of seared pork chops, mashed potatoes and kale, all tied together with an apple cider glaze. To grab the recipe, click here.

The Cozy Apron

Granny Smith’s Thick & Fluffy Apple Flapjacks

When boxed pancake mix just won’t cut it, try these impossibly fluffy and spice-filled pancakes. For extra credit, mix up some apple cider syrup to drizzle on top. Hop over to The Cozy Apron to snag the recipe.

Stacy Spensley via Flickr

Juice Box Applesauce

This recipe from one of our favorite food bloggers, Katie Sullivan Morford of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook, is surprisingly simple—you don’t need to peel the apples before cooking (the skin provides added fiber!) and the ingredient list is short and sweet. Find the recipe here.

Playful Pantry

Apple Stuffin’ Muffins

Put that homemade applesauce to good use! These tasty muffins from Chef Jen Carden of Playful Pantry are guaranteed to put a smile on your kiddo’s face. You can rest easy, too, knowing that the treats are chock full of nutrients. 

Vegan Baking via flickr

Apple Turnovers

Can you keep a secret about these delicious apple turnovers? They’re a breeze to put together thanks to frozen puff pastry. Check out the full recipe by clicking here.

The Viet Vegan

Ham, Brie, and Apple Paninis

No one can resist a hot ham and cheese sandwich—but why not add a little extra flair by throwing some apple slices into the mix? Eclectic Recipes dreamed this one up, and we can’t wait to try it out for our next family lunch! 

Whitney via flickr

Strawberry Apple Crisp

Pair your fresh apples with frozen strawberries for a fun twist on the usual apple crisp. Mini chefs can get involved in hand-mixing the crumble topping and sprinkling it on the fruit. To get the recipe, click here.

Moms Who Think

Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Chicken

We can’t resist a good slow cooker recipe, and this yummy chicken dish is no exception. Barbecue sauce, apples and bacon come together to make an awesome dish that the whole family will love. Click here to get the full recipe.

My Whole Food Life

Apple Pie Fruit Leathers

Skip the sugar-laden boxed fruit snacks, and make your own fruit leathers with an applesauce base. They’re the perfect on-the-go treat! Get the full instructions by clicking here.

A Simple Pantry

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Bites

The littles will go crazy for these delicious bites from A Simple Pantry. Stuffed with apples and oats and topped with a mouthwatering caramel glaze, they’ll be gobbled up in minutes.

Frugal Mom Eh

Apple & Cheese Soup

Warm up with a bowl of this soup from Frugal Mom Eh. The tart McIntosh apples make for a perfect contrast with creamy cheese and hearty veggies. Take it a step further, and toss a bit of crumbled bacon sprinkled on top. Bon appétit!

Eats Well With Others

Johnny Appleseed Bars

If you want the essence of fresh apple pie without the struggle of making that impossibly flaky crust, these Johnny Appleseed bars from Eats Well With Others are for you. The moist, delicious cake-pie hybrid will have everybody begging for seconds.

My Baking Addiction

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Pop some apples, cinnamon and nutmeg in a slow cooker, and by the end of the day, your house will smell heavenly. Even better? You’ll have some tasty apple butter to slather on toast, mix into yogurt or eat by the spoonful. Hop over to My Baking Addiction to get the recipe.

The Balanced Berry

Apple Pie Granola

Whip up a batch of this granola from The Balanced Berry on a Sunday afternoon to make busy weekday mornings a breeze. Serve this crunchy combo of nuts, apples and spices on top of yogurt and head out the door in no time. 

Baking Beauty

Apple Pie Mini Cheesecake Bites

These cute cheesecake bites from Baking Beauty come together in no time at all, and they’re sure to be an instant hit with the whole fam. \

Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

Spinach Quinoa Salad with Apple

Just say yes to salad! This idea from Kristine’s Kitchen Blog includes quinoa, pecans and spinach—but we think it’s the apples that really give it that extra delicious kick. 


––Susie Foresman & Abigail Matsumoto

Feature photo: Brooke Lark on Unsplash



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