The list of reasons to eat apples is a long one. They’re healthy (fiber! vitamin C! antioxidants!), tasty and also inexpensive.
The average price for pound of apples is $1.44. That’s cheap enough to pad your grocery budget, while also setting you up for a host of healthy, affordable recipes.
But before we get to the recipes, let’s get a few things straight about apples.
How Do You Select the Best Apple?
We’ve all bitten into what we think will be a crisp apple, only to be met with a mouthful of soggy pulp.
Apple experts say the best indicator of an apple’s quality is firmness. When you squeeze the apple gently, you shouldn’t feel any give. You want the apple to feel pretty hard from the outside.
But if you do find yourself with a soggy apple, don’t despair. Some of these recipes will help you take care of those less-than-perfect fruits.
What Kind of Apple Should I Buy?
Well, it depends on whether you want to munch on the apple or bake with it.
Where Should I Store Apples?
In the fridge. They will last longer in there, and they taste way better cold!
What Should I Do With All These Apples?
I thought you’d never ask! Here’s a roundup of delicious apple recipes on my list for fall.
Of course we’re going to make muffins.
This is the time to break out your less-crisp apples or past-their-prime apples. You won’t notice the difference once they’re been turned into muffins. This recipe includes a cinnamon topping that will put them over the top.
I don’t see too many apple smoothies flying around the Internet, but green apples are a great addition to your morning smoothie. Their strong, tart taste is great for masking the bitterness of vegetables you sneak into your drink.
So many textures are at play in this crunchy, creamy salad! It’s a new take on a salad I used to see on my grandma’s dinner table.
The recipe subs in Greek yogurt for half of the mayonnaise to keep the salad low in calories.
Nothing says fall like a freshly baked apple pie.
And this is straight-up the cutest apple pie I’ve ever seen. The bourbon brings a new spin to traditional apple pie, but you can leave it out if you wish.
I have to admit that I’m not a big pie-baker. I don’t have the patience! So these biscuits are right up my alley.
The recipe embraces the messiness of biscuits and adds the sweet filling of a pie. Trust me, any recipe from Joy the Baker will be delicious.
This would be a perfect recipe for a Halloween party (or a normal Wednesday night).
Just pop the ingredients in a slow cooker for two hours and you’ve got a sticky, sweet, apple dip to serve about eight people.
This recipe takes applesauce in a new direction by adding other fruits for both color and flavor. The blueberry, strawberry and peach options all sound delicious, while still keeping apples as the base.
Can some jars of this treat during the fall and you’ll be eating applesauce through the winter.
These quick pancakes are perfect for a morning on the go or a breakfast-for-dinner situation. Top the classic pancakes with gooey applesauce for a twist on a fall-themed meal.
You don’t need a dehydrator to make these crunchy snacks. Whipping up your own apple chips is a great way to save some money, since they’re not cheap in grocery stores or online.
They’re also excellent as after-school snacks, office-lunch sides and a fruity cure for any sweet tooth.
Much easier to make than an actual apple pie, these cookies have all of the flavor and texture you’re after on a crisp fall afternoon. Oats, apples and warm autumn spices combine to produce a pretty amazing-looking cookie.
This recipe uses the natural tartness of Honeycrisp apples. Candied walnuts provide the sweetness and a bit of crunch.
If you can’t find Honeycrisp, Granny Smith apples would also be awesome in this recipe.
Your turn: Are you enjoying apple season? What recipes are on your list?
Lyndsee Simpson is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C. Her favorite apple recipe has two ingredients: apple + almond butter.