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12 Apple Recipes After Apple Picking

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You’re scouring the internet for apple recipes, because silly you got a little overzealous on your apple picking adventure, right?

Totally been there. I mean, it’s nearly impossible to leave that place with just one tiny tote, right?

You planned your day, drove the 40 minutes to get there, frolicked down the rows of trees in your new fall boots and plaid shirt, took about a hundred too many pictures,  and then retreated home with 25 pounds of apples.

So now what? Here’s what.

12 Apple Recipes After an Apple Picking Adventure:

  • Keep an apple on your desk or in your bag at all times. It’ll remind you of your fun fall day and serve as an impromptu gift if you are overcome with the need  to perform an act of kindness for an unsuspecting coworker.

It’s a perfect snack when paired with 10 almonds, 2 teaspoons of nut butter (apple fries and dip, anyone?) or an ounce of cheese. And, as they say, it keeps the doctor away…

  • Use them in easy recipes for a healthy breakfast or dinner. Eating whole apples during the day can wear down your excitement to make apple recipes come dinnertime, but creatively placing them into your meals can keep even 25 pounds of apples exciting.

They work in everything from apple pancakes (a perfect fall brinner) to salads and everything in between. Try some apple slaw as a side, or crunchy chicken salad boats for a cold main.

  • Stew ‘em.  I’m a traditionalist at heart. Truth be told, I’m probably going to peel, core and simmer my extras into applesauce. I’ll then use the applesauce as a substitution for oil for bran muffins or popcorn figgy muffins, mix it into yogurt or quinoa granola, or simply warm it up for dessert.

If you’re looking for something a little different without so much work, slice up a bunch of apples, toss in some spices and stew them to perfection. Serve over yogurt, oatmeal, or on a slice of whole grain toast with nut butter. Mmmmmmm.

  • Snack time. If you’re tired of biting into a raw apple for snacktime, then here’s a few easy healthy snacks that require a little work, but not much. Apple chips are a fall obsession. They’re crispy, slightly chewy cinnamon-a-rific perfection and lucky us, they store in an airtight container for a week. Feel like something creamy instead? Your blender is jealous of your pie dish this time of year, so try an apple spice smoothie to spread the appliance love around.
  • Tea time. A few years ago, after reading the book Zen Ties, my kids asked me to make them some apple tea, which is featured in the story. It’s now a staple in my home and it’s the perfect solution to your apple peel problem that came from stewing and saucing all ‘dem apples.
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