Apple picking is the perfect way to ring in the Autumn season and enjoy the crisp Fall weather. September offers the best selection of apples, but October allows for leaf peeping and gorgeous views of the foliage. But what do you do with all them apples? Apples are delicious straight out of your hand, but they can also be baked or cooked into yummy savory or sweet dishes. I rounded up my favorite recipes so that you can enjoy your apples for any meal of the day.
We visited Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard this year and Wright’s Farm last year. Both farms are easily accessible by Metro North.
What should you do with your giant bag of apples? You can certainly eat an apple whole as a snack, but that gets boring quickly. Below I selected my favorite recipes on how to cook or bake with all of these farm fresh apples!
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats: I love rolled overnight oats for breakfast. They are not only easy to make, but also delicious, filling, packed with super foods and seasoned with spices. To make overnight oats, layer the ingredients, then let them “cook” in the refrigerator while you sleep. Overnight, the oats thickens into a yummy breakfast pudding. I like to “cook” them in a mason jar, but any airtight container can be used. Next morning, add the apples, spices and greek yogurt.
Apple Pie Protein Smoothie: Perhaps even easier than overnight oats is the protein smoothie. Toss ingredients (I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder) into a Magic Bullet or blender of your choice.
Apple Pie Protein Smoothie Bowl: The protein smoothie bowl is the protein smoothie’s more crunchy and textured cousin! Blend liquid ingredients and spices and then layer on your favorite toppings (oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, apples, etc).
Apple, Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad: Grab your favorite greens, chop some red apples, add some goat cheese and top with some pecans for a very healthy salad.
Apple and Brie Tart: I tweaked this recipe by making individually sized tartlets. Make the crust from scratch and then shape thinly sliced apples into a rose. This appetizer is perfect for a 3-course meal and looks visually stunning. Check out our Apples to Apples themed dinner.
Curried Quinoa and Apple Bowl: I’m a meat eater, but this quinoa bowl is a tasty, healthy and filling vegetarian meal. I made a few substitutions (onion for shallots, pecans for almonds and craisins for died currants).
Baked Spaghetti Squash with Apple and Rosemary: I love replacing pasta with fresh veggies. Spaghetti Squash looks like real spaghetti and you add your favorite sauces and spices to it. I think it’s easier to roast the squash for 30 minutes, then cut in half. While the squash is roasting in the oven, sauté the the apples and onions and then add the rosemary. Then layer the apple mixture on top of the spaghetti squash and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Apple-Pie: Everyone loves a home made apple-pie. Pro-tip- I like to pan fry the apple mixture on the stove before baking with the pie crust in the oven. Make sure to serve it with homemade vanilla ice cream. These pie cutters from Williams Sonoma instantly add a fall touch to our apple pie.
Cran-Apple Pie: Bake an apple pie with a twist by adding tangy tart fresh cranberries. Also serve with vanilla ice cream.
“An apple a day keeps anyone away if you throw it hard enough.”––Anonymous
The pecan apple pie can be so delicious.
Apple is very versatile and can be used anywhere. I love the overnight oats with apple.
I can’t wait for apple season. The brie tart sounds amazing!
I wish we had apple picking here. I remember doing it when my parents had a vacation house in North Georgia. And apple pie is still my favorite way to eat apples.
Homemade apple pies are the best, especially with fresh picked apples. I would love to go apple picking one day.
Hehe….I love the transformation to the pie, in the end. I’ve never eaten apple pie before but I would love to.
That looks like the best way to spend the day. I love anything that involves apple pie!
Wow! This is such an amazing activity for the family. Every apple recipe looks absolutely delicious and yummy! As we have a saying “An apple a day keeps the doctors away”
I love apple picking and these recipes look so delicious. It would be great to experience it and make an apple pie.
This is awesome and it’s one of my favorite thing to eat. I used to eat apple pie for days haha. I would love to try it again. Thank you for sharing this!
These recipes all look amazing! I absolutely love homemade apple pie! The spaghetti squash looks really good too.
I love baking apple pies in the fall with fresh apples! It’s the best
I can never say no to freshly baked apple pie! It is just so yummy! I love apples and I always make sure I have some at home. Great to snack on and very nutritious too.
Absolutely LOVE all your photos looks like you had an amazing time. Apple pie is delicious and you have inspired me to bake one for the weekend xx
Those photos are awesome! Apples are my favorite and it sure is a healthy snack.
I just love apples, they are so versatile, I love they can be used sweet or savoury
So many apple recipes you’ve shared! It really looks so delicious. yummy
Wow. You’ve shared so many fun and yummy things we could do with our apples. These recipes are all worth a try.
This is the best day to spend the day and eat fresh from the tree apple. I would like to experience this kind of activity.