Now that fall is upon us…

Apple season is upon us, too

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

And it helps that they’re cheap this time of year, too

Sometimes I eat them plain

Sometimes I dip them into this

Or this

Or into homemade Dark Rum Caramel Sauce

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

I 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

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

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

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

Or 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)

 I use apples in the batter for Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes

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

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)



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.”

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

54 comments on “Apples”

  1. Love the apple pics, gorgeous!! I LOVE apples, Fuji are my favorite! The best apples I ever had were in Ithaca, NY. They have tons of local orchards that produce the sweetest, most crisp and amazing apples ever!! I always dream about going back in the fall to see the beautiful foliage and eat those delicious apples!!

  2. I can’t stand green apples. Too sour… the sweeter, the better! When i was younger I would literally sit with a jar of caramel and a bowl of apple slices and just dip and eat :) Now I just love them plain, but when it’s a little chilly out I love heating up the slices in the microwave with a bit of brown sugar (or stevia!) and some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice). So easy and so good!

  3. I love apples all year round. Honestly, every one of these recipes looks fantastic. I don’t know where to start.
    I really enjoy green apples just as much as red. My favorites are granny smith and crispin. In the red department I am also part of the honeycrisp bandwagon as well as gala and braeburn.
    I used to think I hated apples because I remember always getting red delicious at school lunches. I really do not like them at all – too mealy.
    Cheers to apple season!

  4. I absolutely love apples and we’re lucky here in BC to get some great home-grown ones. I love any that have a crisp skin and a sweet inside. Yum! I slather peanut butter on or eat on their own. But I love to do apple pies, tarts or crumbles. I just use sweet apples instead of the sourer cooking apples (Granny Smith or Bramley) and omit the sugar. I just load in spices for flavouring and then it’s a pretty healthy dessert. My other fave? BAKED apples. Yum!

  5. I have a Fuji sitting on my desk waiting to be eaten. I also like the tart Granny Smiths.

    I generally eat my apples plain as snacks. I do love apple pie and cobblers, but I rarely ever make them. Also, I love hot cider too!

  6. Love, love apples. Honey Crisp, Cortland, Macs, Grannys, Fujis, Golden Delish….love! Red Delicious are the worst apple ever. I’ve never, ever, ever have had tasted one that wasn’t mealy. Raw with pb, apple (crisp) crunch, I used to eat caramel apples (on a stick) rolled in peanuts. I also love apples cut up in kale salad. I love going to an orchard, if I have time to pick great, if not a big bag comes home with me. Oh, I almost forgot…unfiltered, unadulterated apple cider!

  7. I LOVE apples. In fact I’ve been eating one on the side of breakfast every single day for…over a year? I am definitely getting in my apple a day. Honeycrisp is awesome, but my favorite is actually Ambrosia. Pink Lady is a close second. But the only kinds I can find right now are Fuji, Gala, Red/Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp. And out of those Honeycrisp is the only one worth my time!

  8. I am SO behind on my blogging/reading etc. but had to drop in on this post b/c I love apple season. I love picking apples, cooking with apples, you name it. Yum!

  9. I love apples – and (almost) COMPLETELY agree about Red Delicious! I buy them for juicing because in organics, they are the cheapest and we go through A LOT of apples with juicing.

    My favorite apples to eat – I really like tart apples! Another new favorite is the Envy – wow are those tasty, and they’re HUGE! so good. Honeycrisp have been showing up in our stores and those are some of my favorites too.

  10. The secret to making any good apple pie, cobbler, or crisp is to use a variety of your favorite apples. That way you get a whole variety of flavors and different flavors in each bite.

  11. Fujis are really my all time favorite. I love granny smiths too and pink ladies are my 3rd favorite. I’m an apple snob though. They have to be crisp or I want nothing to do with them.

  12. I am really excited to make some raw desserts with the apples that are rolling in! I am sure a raw crisp will happen one way or other, just like you! Apples in pancakes are always a hit around here as well. I love pink lady apples the most. I agree with your outlawing of the red delicious. To mealy! Yeck. But most other apples are awesome.

  13. I love apples of all kinds, especially in season and from the tree. I agree with you about red delicious–double whammy–and yet, I actually like them despite that! Granny smiths I can find a bit hard sometimes because of the super-tough skin and super-sourness–red delicious at least are sweet.

    Love that you grew up near a place where they developed new varieties–such fun!
    Oh, and glorious apple photos there.
    I’m not a huge fan of crisps and crumbles (never really had the opportunity) but Phil is, and now that I seem to be ok with gf oats, maybe I should give it another try!

  14. Cortland apples are definitely my favorite! And I love Macintosh. Granny Smith have a soft spot in my heart, but I agree, Red Delicious are THE WORST.

  15. You have given me so many ideas to work with apples!!! I must try each and every one!!

    I usually make single serving apple crumbles, but that was before I tried a cleaner diet. Can’t wait to try a gf and vegan recipe :)

  16. haha there’s another saying about apples: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but if the doctor’s cute, then screw the fruit!” :)

  17. this post made my mouth water. The photos are great, make the apples look so delicious. I live in the northeast (united states), and it’s apples a plenty right now. there are a bunch of orchards nearby. Honeycrisp, gala, pink lady, fuji are all awesome! i can’t stand red delicious either- it doesn’t seem like many people here like them either! we also have lots of hybrids we love like keepsake. and not to mention apple sauce, cider, juice, crisp, donuts… there is even apple wine here!

  18. That 1st photo with the sun poking through the trees is so pretty. We love apples every which way…all year long. Love the look of your crisp & quick little oat cakes too :) xo

  19. Wonderful apple inspiration here, thanks. I adore apples, especially with a little cinnamon. And I can’t wait for some fun Apple Hill days here when fall gets into full swing with turning leaves, cooling temps, and pumpkin patches everywhere.

    1. Yes, fuji, red delicious, macintosh, pretty much any variety that’s not too tart.
    2. Fresh and raw, as apple chips, or in apple cinnamon smoothies and chia seed puddings.

  20. Do you know how to make a vegan caramel that is thick enough to dip apples into and roll in nuts (for caramel apples). This is uber-important for proper Halloween festivities!

  21. I love apples! My favorite is Fuji too! My second favorite is Gala or Honeycrisp. I’m not a fan of tart apples much either.

    All of those apple recipes you shared sound so yummy!

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  23. I never grab an apple and just bite into it … I prefer to chop it up and put PB on it.

  24. So glad I found this post! I just went apple picking today and got a half-bushel (aka A LOT – it felt like 15 lbs or so). I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

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