Get Ready For Fall
With These Easy,
Healthy Apple Recipes
As the fall season approaches and the air turns cold, we all plan our favorite activities; from hay rides to pumpkin patches, there are many things to do. A cherished memory that gets handed down from generation to generation is apple picking. While eating an apple can keep the doctor away, what can you do with all those leftover apples? Here are two of the easiest ways to use up extra apples that you may have lying around the house after your trip to the orchard:
Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce
12 golden delicious apples (or your choice)
½ cup sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ cup water
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Peel and core apples. Cut into fourths and place in crock pot. Toss apples in lemon juice and then add in sugar and cinnamon, stirring to combine. Add in water.
Cover with crock pot lid. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, until apples are very soft. Eat immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Try it warm over pancakes or waffles, or enjoy chilled by itself.
Homemade Apple Chips
2-3 apples, thinly sliced
4 tsp. sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
Real maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
Preheat oven to 225º F. Lay out the apple slices on two parchment lined baking sheets.
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. On one sheet of apples, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the tops of the apples. On the other baking sheet of apples, spread the tops with maple syrup. (Can also double cinnamon and sugar and skip maple syrup or use only maple syrup - your preference!) Place both baking sheets in the prepared oven and bake for 1½ hours. Flip apples over and continue baking for 1 more hour, until the apples are crispy. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
What’s so great about apples:
- Apples contain no fat, sodium, or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber
- They are low in calories and high in vitamin C
- Apples help assist with weight management, bone health, pulmonary function, and gastrointestinal protection
- Those who eat more apples are less prone to strokes and had improved lung function