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


Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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


Ingredients

  • 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

Directions:

  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


Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation
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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