20 Apples Recipes that will Change your Life
There are literally hundreds of thousands of apples recipes on the internet, so how do you know which ones are actually worth trying?! There is nothing worse than when a recipe fails especially when you’ve invested lots of time and money on groceries. That’s why we’ve teamed up with some of our most trusted California Grown Creators to bring you over 20 no-fail, delicious apple recipes that you will make again and again!
Fun facts about apples from California.
Archeologists have found evidence that humans have been enjoying apples since at least 6500 B.C., so it shouldn’t be any surprise at all that as a human race we are practically enamored with them! Below you will find a few of our favorite fun facts about California apples to share with your apple lovin’ friends.
Why do apples float?
Have you ever bobbed for apples? It is a fun fall activity for people of all ages, but have you ever questioned why they float? 25 percent of an apple’s volume is air which is why they float.
How much does a peck of apples weigh?
According to California Apples, a peck of apples weighs 10.5 pounds.
How many pounds of apples does it take to make an apple pie?
Y’all know we LOVE pie of all sorts, but apple pie is truly a classic. It takes a total of 2 pounds of fresh apples to make one 9-inch round pie or this slab pie.
What is the difference between apple juice and apple cider?
Ever wondered if apple juice and apple cider are the same things? Turns out these two beverages are the same but also very different depending on whether the cider or juice was made with filtered juices and if it was pasteurized. Check out the video below from our friend Jerry James Stone to learn more!
Now that we have sufficiently filled your apple factoid quota, it is time for the recipes, you’ve been scrolling for.
The sweet, the savory, and everything in between. The apple recipes below are sure to be a hit in your house!
Sweet apples recipes
Apples are a welcome treat any time of day from breakfast to dessert and yes, even snack time in between!
This delicious apple cake with pistachios from Bakes by Brown Sugar is full of Granny Smith and Fuji apples and crunchy pistachios. The cake is moist and dense with a hint of lemon that pairs really well with the sweetness of the cake and the tart apples
Silky swirls of apple brown butter and bits of coarsely grated fresh apple literally melt in your mouth with each bite. Plus, the combination of the two keeps these sweet treats from This Mess is Ours perfectly moist and luscious for days!!
This cake from Rebecca of Displaced Housewife uses just eight basic ingredients and one bowl to make! It is loaded with fresh apples, cinnamon, and topped with crunchy almonds. This baby will be ready and out of the oven in under an hour! Yes, please!
These delicious muffins from This Mess is Ours are made with a blend of teff, white rice flour, nut flour, and oats. It is naturally sweetened with applesauce and then topped with almonds, pistachios, and pecans which all come together for a protein punch that will keep you going strong until lunchtime.
Savory apples recipes
While apples are commonplace in sweet recipes they are just as well suited for savory apples recipes too! California apples will be right at home on your cheeseboards, stuffed in grilled cheese sandwiches, or roasted along with your next pork roast.
Bacon & Apple Rounds
Here’s a fabulous idea for fresh California
Apples: top thin rounds with Jack or Toma
cheese, bacon, fresh basil, black pepper
& a bit of honey. It’s a deliciously simple
Spiralized Apple Salad
Kids and adults alike will go all in on this delicious apple salad from This Mess is Ours that is as delicious to eat as it is pretty.
Click here for this apple recipe!
This apples recipe from Iowa Girl Eats is a delicious, gluten-free dinner recipe that comes together in minutes using fridge and pantry staples.
This quiche from Hip Foodie Mom is savory and delicious and sure to be a winning dish at any brunch!
Winter salads are a beautiful thing, and this one from A Girl Defloured is no exception. Bitter radicchio and endive are pared with sweet-tart apples and oranges, toasty walnuts, and pungent gorgonzola all topped with a mustard maple vinaigrette.
Cocktail recipes with apples
Have you ever added apples to your cocktail recipes? Whether you use apple juice, cider, sauce, apple-infused liquor, or just straight-up apple slices – some of the best cocktails for fall are apple forward.
Never have I ever seen or tasted a more beautiful sangria, and I bet you won’t either! From the brown sugar rim to the fresh slices of apple and orange that flavor the entire pitcher of sangria, this sipper from California Wines free holiday eBook is NOT to be missed.
Can dogs eat apples?
Turns out our furry friends are into apples too and they are actually really good for them! Apples are a snack that is low in protein and calories, so they provide all their health benefits without filling up your dog’s tummy, leaving plenty of room for a regular diet of healthy food.
Have a dog that needs a treat that will last?! These apple kongs can be frozen for vigorous chewers or at room temperature.
If served frozen the banana transforms into the consistency of ice cream as it warms up – creating a lickable melty center to this frozen treat that literally drives This Mess is Ours’ dogs bananas!
**This blog post was updated 3/22/2022 with new images, nutritional information, and recipes.**