Now that fall is upon us…

Green park and graveyard

Apple season is upon us, too

Red and green apples

I go through times of the year where I am really into apples

Red and green applesAnd it helps that they’re cheap this time of year, too

Sometimes I eat them plain

Red and green apples

Sometimes I dip them into this

Natural JIF peanut butter

Or this

Sunflower seed butter jars

Or into homemade Dark Rum Caramel Sauce

Dark Rum Caramel Sauce with apple slices

Or I make Apple Crumble (Vegan, GF, No Bake)

Apple Crumble in plastic container
Apple Crumble in plastic containerI like it just as much, if not more than baked, traditional crumbles.

And I really, really love crumbles and crisps.  Well, okay, I love oats + brown sugar + cinnamon + fruit.  <–can’t go wrong

Red and green apples

And you can be a cheater and make a 1 minute microwave apple crumble (vegan, GF)

1 minute microwave apple crumble
1 minute microwave apple crumble

Or I dice apples into small cubes and combine them with blueberries and use them in Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes (Vegan, GF)
Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake

You can omit the blueberries or the apples and just make a plain Microwave Banana Oat Cake, too

Microwave Banana Oat CakeOr smear it with PB

Adding diced apples to baked goods is always nice

They add flavor and moisture to recipes

Try adding a 1/4 c or so to Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins (Vegan, GF)

Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffin ingredientsCinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffin

 I use apples in the batter for Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

Apples and seeds in blender
Vegan Gluten Free Pancake batter in blender
Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes with blueberries

Drinking apples in Spiced Apple Pie Smoothie with spiced apple cider and creamy yogurt.

Spiced Apple Pie Smoothie

So how ’bout them apples.  Versatile!

 

Are you an apple fan?  Favorite kind?

I know that honeycrisp are really popular among bloggers but I prefer Fuji.

I also like Gala, Braeburn, McIntosh, and all kinds of niche varieties.

I grew up near an arboretum and farmland where they actually created new varieties and hybrids.  Every year in the fall, we’d go apple taste-testing and sample the new apple varieties.  Such fun memories.

I like my apples

sweet (not a fan of tart or green apples)

crisp

juicy

thin skin

‘Red Delicious’ apples should be outlawed in my book because they are both mushy and have really tough skins.  A double whammy.

How do you like to eat your apples?

As I said, sometimes plain, sometimes dipped in things, and sometimes I bake or un-bake with them.

Plus you know what they say, “An apple a day keeps the chocolate monster away.”

Green and red apples

See my Themed Recipes Compilation Post for recipes by type, i.e. recipes featuring Mango, Bananas, Lemon, Coconut Oil, and more

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