Autumn Apple Recipes

… or, what to do with the 1/2 bushel of apples you just picked at the orchard. 🙂

I just love the fall season; the weather cools down, the trees change color, things slow down. And I love the harvest, especially pumpkins and apples. Here are a few of my favorite healthier apple recipes.

German Apple Cake


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk or water or apple sauce
  • 1 cup sugar (or less; I use 3/4 of a cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (feel free to add more)
  • Feel free to add any other spices you’d like, optional
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups peeled chopped apples


  1. In large bowl, beat eggs and oil until smooth.
  2. Add next 6 ingredients and mix well. Batter will be thick.
  3. Fold in apples. Mixture will be mostly apples.
  4. Pour into greased 9×13″ pan.
  5. Bake at 350°F degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Mix 3⁄4 cup room temp cream cheese, 1⁄4 cup plain Greek yogurt & 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup.
Recipe via Maple Cream Cheese Icing | ChopChop Magazine.
I was shocked at how simple and delicious this frosting turned out.

Healthier Oatmeal Apple Cookies


  • 5 medium apples, peeled, cored and shredded (about 4 Cups)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup prune juice
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups raisins


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoons on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 12 minutes in 350 degree oven.

Revipe via Healthier Oatmeal Apple Cookies Recipe

Cinnamon-Maple Applesauce


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 cups chopped peeled apple (about 8 medium apples), Use any apple variety or a combination of them
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine syrup and water in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Add apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg; cover and cook over medium-low heat 25 minutes or until tender. Mash apples with a potato masher. Cook, uncovered, 20 minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Serve warm or chilled.

Recipe modified from Cinnamon-Maple Applesauce Recipe.

Simple, Quick Apple Prep

To make apple preparation a snap, I use an apple peeler, corer, slicer like:

I highly suggest picking one up from Amazon:

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