20 Warm & Fuzzy Apple-Based Recipes For the Fall

Nothing says autumn like red, green and yellow apples that match the seasonal changing leaves. Apples not only score points with teachers but are also high in antioxidants and fiber, so an apple a day could actually go a long way toward keeping the doctor away.

As reported in the New York Daily News, a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that healthy adults, age 40-60, reduced their bad cholesterol by eating one apple every day for four weeks. The researchers isolated apples’ polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties, as the possible reason for the fruit’s healthy reputation.

Separate groups were given polyphenol capsules or a placebo, but the 16 participants who consumed Red or Golden Delicious apples each day saw the greatest improvement: a 40 percent reduction in artery-hardening cholesterol. Robert DiSilvestro, lead researcher, commented that daily apple consumption is more beneficial to cholesterol levels than consuming other high-antioxidant foods he’s studied, including green tea.

In addition to lowering cholesterol, a 2011 Dutch study found that apples, like other white-fleshed fruits and vegetables, lowered the risk of stroke. Chicago’s Daily Herald also reports that eating apples is shown to aid in weight loss, likely because their four grams of fiber make regular apple eaters feel full.

Apples are great-tasting and portable, and cooking with them makes your house smell terrific. This fall is a great time to add more of these nutritious fruits to your diet. Try some of these recipes:

1. Apple-Almond Butter Pancakes

Recipe: Apple-Almond Butter Pancakes


2. Apple Cider Muffins

Recipe: Apple Cider Muffins

3. Raw Apple Pie Cookies

Recipe: Raw Apple Pie Cookies

4. Apple Fritters with Apple Cider Reduction

Recipe: Apple Fritters with Apple Cider Reduction

5. Homemade Applesauce

Recipe: Homemade Applesauce

6. Raw Caramel Apple Pie

Recipe: Raw Caramel Apple Pie

7.  Apple Pie Swirl Multigrain Bread Loaf

Recipe: Apple Pie Swirl Multigrain Bread Loaf

8.  Raw Caramel Apples

Recipe: Raw Caramel Apples

9. Sweet Corn-Apple Porridge

Recipe: Sweet Corn-Apple Porridge

10. Apple Protein Donuts

Recipe: Apple Protein Donuts

11.  Autumn Baked Apples

Recipe: Autumn Baked Apples

12. Acorn Squash Apple Soup

Recipe: Acorn Squash Apple Soup

13. Grilled Apple Pie with Vanilla-Coconut Whipped Cream

Recipe: Grilled Apple Pie with Vanilla-Coconut Whipped Cream

14. Raw Spring Power Applesauce

Recipe: Raw Spring Power Applesauce

15. Festive Apple Cake

Festive Apple Cake

16. Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Apple Crisp Cheesecake

17. Raw Caramel Apple Pie

Lisa Viger - Raw Caramel Apple Pie

18. Carrot-Apple Muffins

carrot apple muffin vegan

19. Dried Apple Stack Cake with Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe: Dried Apple Stack Cake with Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting

20. Walnut, Squash and Apple Bread

Walnut, Squash and Apple Bread


heather g.
heather g4 years ago

When that study was done, I'm positive they were talking about fresh apples - as "an apple a day, keeps the doctor at bay."

I beg to differ from other readers in that these recipes probably taste good, but seem a little artery clogging....

Spencer Young
Spencer Young4 years ago

All these great ideas are now the apples of my eye, love the suggestions, thanks

Jayne W.
Jayne W4 years ago

OK ... drooling now!!! ;) Yummmmm!

Kate S.
Kate S4 years ago


Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush4 years ago

I just locked some of these into my favorite's list.

John Wesen
Past Member 4 years ago

They look delicious!! ^_^

Vicky P.
Vicky P4 years ago


Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

Shared because they sound so awesome...

Linda Goossens
Lin G.4 years ago


Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago