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37 Healthy Apple Recipes

Looking forward to using fall-fresh apples? These healthy apple recipes are ideal for those staying away from overly indulgent dishes.

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Baked Apple SurpriseTaste of Home

Baked Apple Surprise

This sweet-savory recipe is a favorite. Use Brie instead of blue cheese if you like things creamier. My tip? Bake the apples in a muffin tin so they won’t roll around. —Jessica Levinson, Nyack, New York

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Apple Quinoa Spoon BreadTaste of Home

Apple Quinoa Spoon Bread

My cousin is a strict vegetarian, so creating satisfying veggie dishes is my yearly self-challenge. This spoonbread can act as a side, but the addition of hearty, healthy quinoa and vegetables make it a well-rounded winter casserole. This can be an amazing Thanksgiving side dish, or a main vegetarian meal; pair with a seasonal salad. —Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey

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Apple & Spice Pork TenderloinTaste of Home

Apple & Spice Pork Tenderloin

My family loves pork tenderloin, so I created this hearty meal. This slightly sweet preparation is one of our favorites. It's also an impressive dish for company.—Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota.

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Open-Faced Ham and Apple MeltsTaste of Home

Open-Faced Ham and Apple Melts

As a homework snack or light lunch, these yummy melts mix sweet apple crunch, hearty ham and tangy Dijon flavor wonderfully! —Sally Maloney, Dallas, Georgia

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Nutty Apple ButterTaste of Home

Nutty Apple Butter

Being a New England native, I love apple-picking season. Grab some apples and peanut butter to make your own creamy riff on a PB&J. Of course it’s great on a sandwich, but you can dunk sliced fruit or graham crackers in it, too. —Brandie Cranshaw, Rapid City, South Dakota

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Ginger-Kale SmoothiesTaste of Home

Ginger-Kale Smoothies

Since I started making this green smoothie recipe for breakfast every day, I honestly feel better! Substitute any fruit and juice you like to make this recipe your own healthy blend.—Linda Green, Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii

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Coconut Tropical Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Coconut Tropical Fruit Salad

Add a serving of fruit to breakfast with this delicious medley. Toasted coconut, mango and more bring the flavor of the tropics to any menu. —Katie Covington, Blacksburg, South Carolina

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Roast Pork with Apples & OnionsTaste of Home

Roast Pork with Apples & Onions

The sweetness of the apples and onions nicely complements the roast pork. With its crisp skin and melt-in-your-mouth flavor, this is my family's favorite weekend dinner. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Heavenly Baked Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home

Heavenly Baked Sweet Potatoes

The taste of this recipe is so amazing! Everytime I fix this my family is always commenting on how wonderful it smells and can't wait to eat it! It has the wonderful aroma and taste similar to Pumpkin Pie that you always feel you are getting a special treat, yet this recipe has fruits and nuts which make it a healthier alternative. You can add Mini Marshmallows to the top after uncovering if desired.

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Apple Pie Steel-Cut OatmealTaste of Home

Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal

I absolutely love this slow-cooked oatmeal. The steel-cut oats have so much flavor and texture. My family sprinkles toasted pecans on top whenever possible. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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Apple & Sweet Potato QuinoaTaste of Home

Apple & Sweet Potato Quinoa

When feeding three hungry boys, I rely on quick, filling and tasty meals. The guys aren’t big quinoa fans, but the sweet potatoes and apples won them over. —Cheryl Beadle, Plymouth, Michigan

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Smoked Turkey and Apple SaladTaste of Home

Smoked Turkey and Apple Salad

An eye-catching dish, this refreshing salad is a great main course for a summer lunch or light dinner. The dressing's Dijon flavor goes nicely with the turkey, and the apples add crunch. —Carolyn Johns, Lacey, Washington

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Honey-Lime Berry SaladTaste of Home

Honey-Lime Berry Salad

I picked up this dish a couple of years ago, and really like the mint and fruit combo. Cilantro is one of my summer favorites so sometimes I use it instead. Turns out, this recipe's really two in one! —Kayla Spence, Wilber, Nebraska

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Ricotta Pancakes with Cinnamon ApplesTaste of Home

Ricotta Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples

Here's a scrumptious way to start the day. My fluffy, tender pancakes and topped with sauteed cinnamon apples and a drizzle of maple syrup. Add a cup of coffee or a glass of milk and you'll be all set.

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Yogurt & Honey Fruit CupsTaste of Home

Yogurt & Honey Fruit Cups

This tasty combo of fresh fruit and creamy orange-kissed yogurt is guaranteed to disappear fast from your breakfast table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Broccoli and Apple SaladTaste of Home

Broccoli and Apple Salad

Even my picky daughter loves this one! My yogurt dressing on crunchy veggie salad makes a cool and creamy side dish. —Lynn Cluff, Littlefield, Arizona

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Cranberry Stuffed ApplesTaste of Home

Cranberry Stuffed Apples

Cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts add a homey autumn flavor to these stuffed apples, but the slow cooker does most of the work for me. —Graciela Sandvigen, Rochester, New York

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Apple-Nut Blue Cheese TartletsTaste of Home

Apple-Nut Blue Cheese Tartlets

These tasty appetizers look and taste gourmet, but they're easy to make and have loads of blue cheese flavor. The phyllo shells and filling can be made in advance—just fill the cups and warm them in the oven before serving. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Maple Apple Baked OatmealTaste of Home

Maple Apple Baked Oatmeal

I've tried a number of different types of fruit for this recipe, but apple seems to be my family's favorite. I mix the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls the night before and combine them the next morning when it's time to make breakfast.—Megan Brooks, Saint Lazare, Quebec.

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Apple Walnut SlawTaste of Home

Apple Walnut Slaw

A co-worker shared this slaw recipe with me. Now it's a favorite at my house, too. Apples, walnuts and raisins are a fun way to dress up coleslaw. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Autumn Apple ChickenTaste of Home

Autumn Apple Chicken

I'd just been apple picking and wanted to bake something new with the bounty. I decided on apple chicken by throwing them in the slow cooker with some barbecue sauce. The dish fills my whole house with the most delicious smell. —Caitlyn Hauser, Brookline, New Hampshire

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Apple-Balsamic Pork Chops & RiceTaste of Home

Apple-Balsamic Pork Chops & Rice

Thanks to tangy balsamic vinegar and sweet apples, this one-pot pork chop lets you have a little something special anytime. —Greg Hageli, Elmhurst, Illinois

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Savory Apple-Chicken SausageTaste of Home

Savory Apple-Chicken Sausage

These easy, healthy sausages taste great, and they make an elegant brunch dish. The recipe is also very versatile: It can be doubled or tripled for a crowd, and the sausages freeze well either cooked or raw. —Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado

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Chicken & Apple Salad with GreensTaste of Home

Chicken & Apple Salad with Greens

My favorite memory of eating this dish was when my mom made it for lunch on weekends when we were home from school and could have something other than "brown bag" lunches. Happy memories of childhood and late summer days just make this salad extra special. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Hot Spinach Apple SaladTaste of Home

Hot Spinach Apple Salad

With a light sweet-tangy dressing, the spinach doesn’t wilt and the apples retain their crunch. We serve this salad with homemade bread. —Denise Albers, Freeburg, Illinois

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Apple-Cherry Pork MedallionsTaste of Home

Apple-Cherry Pork Medallions

If you think you’re too busy to cook a first-class meal, my pork medallions with tangy apple-cherry sauce, rosemary and thyme deliver the goods in a hurry. —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, IL

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Apple Squash SoupTaste of Home

Apple Squash Soup

I add a little ginger and sage to this creamy butternut squash apple soup. My family loves it when autumn rolls around. —Crystal Ralph-Haughn, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple CurryTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Pork and Apple Curry

Here's a gentle curry dish that's sure to please American palates. For fun, try varying the garnish—add a few chopped peanuts or a little chutney. —Nancy Reck, Mill Valley, California

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Fresh Apple & Pear SaladTaste of Home

Fresh Apple & Pear Salad

This fun combination of ingredients comes together beautifully in one flavor-packed dish. Crunchy apples and ripe, juicy pears are fantastic tossed with crisp, cool cucumbers and a spicy dressing. —Jean Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin

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Bavarian Apple-Sausage HashTaste of Home

Bavarian Apple-Sausage Hash

This awesome recipe reflects my German roots. In the cooler months, nothing is as comforting as a hearty hash. Serve this versatile recipe as a side dish at a holiday meal or as a brunch entree over cheddar grits or topped with a fried egg. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, CO

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Warm 'n' Fruity Breakfast CerealTaste of Home

Warm 'n' Fruity Breakfast Cereal

Sleepyheads will love the heartiness of this nutritious cooked cereal with cinnamon. It's loaded with chopped fruit and nuts. Eat it with plain yogurt and sliced bananas or blueberries. —John Vale, Long Beach, Washington

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Apple and Onion Beef Pot RoastTaste of Home

Apple and Onion Beef Pot Roast

Rely on your slow cooker to help prepare this moist pot roast. I thicken the juices to make a pleasing apple gravy that's wonderful over the beef slices and onions. —Rachel Koistinen, Hayti, South Dakota

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Cinnamon Apple PancakesTaste of Home

Cinnamon Apple Pancakes

My family loves these light and fluffy apple cinnamon pancakes. And best of all, they're sweet enough to enjoy even without syrup. —Kim McConnell, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Apple Salad with Maple-Mustard VinaigretteTaste of Home

Apple Salad with Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette

This seasonal salad will be a hit at any gathering. It’s also easy for weeknights; just halve the recipe. —Beth Dauenhauer, Pueblo, Colorado

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Raisin Nut OatmealTaste of Home

Raisin Nut Oatmeal

There’s no better feeling than waking up to a hot, ready-to-eat breakfast. The oats, fruit and spices in this homey meal cook together while you sleep! —Valerie Sauber, Adelanto, California

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Apple Walnut PancakesTaste of Home

Apple Walnut Pancakes

The whole wheat flavor really comes through in these hearty pancakes. They taste amazing with a light touch of maple syrup. —Kerry Blondheim, Denmark, Wisconsin

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Cinnamon-Apple Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops

When I found these pork chops and apples recipe online years ago, it quickly became a favorite. The ingredients are easy to keep on hand, and the one-pan cleanup is a bonus. —Christina Price, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carolyn Lewis
Carolyn Lewis is a young writer & digital media professional who grew up in Milwaukee. She loves to read graphic novels, write poetry about nature and cook Thai food while listening to podcasts. She has always been a storyteller and animal lover, thus, she has a hamster named Hamlet.

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