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!
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. Click here to get the recipe.
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. Head here for the recipe.
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. Click here for the recipe.
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. Snag the recipe here.
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. Treat yourself, and get the recipe here.
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. Get the recipe here.
Apple Cinnamon Sticky Buns
Get ready for the easiest, most apple-y 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. Click here for the recipe.
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. Get the details by clicking here.
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. Snag the recipe here.
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? See for yourself here.
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.
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. Check out the recipe here.
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.
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.
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.
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. Click here to get the recipe.
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.
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! Snag the recipe here.
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.
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.
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.
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. Get the full recipe by clicking here.
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. Grab the recipe over at Frugal Mom Eh. Bon appétit!
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 (click here to get the good stuff) will have everybody begging for seconds.
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.
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. To grab the recipe, click here.
Apple Pie Mini Cheesecake Bites
Spinach Quinoa Salad with Apple
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