The apple season – and the abundance of delicious, healthy apple recipes that inspire it – is not a matter of course for me. When I grew up in California, we had two seasons: summer and a little colder summer. The leaves never changed, I never had a coat, and we never had a real excuse to light our stove. Of course, this also meant that the apple season didn’t play a major role. Sure, there were apples in the supermarket – I ate a Granny Smith or Red Delicious from time to time – but since our choices were limited to such basic varieties, I never quite got the whole tire that surrounded the popular autumn fruits.
Until I moved to the east coast. On a trip to the farmers market late in September afternoon, I finally realized what I was missing. Faced with the mountains of apples I had never heard of, I would go around stealing samples and trying them one by one. Each local variety was more delicious than the last ̵
That first fall, I hid in my dorm kitchen for days, making everything from cakes to pork chops with my huge sack of apples. Since then, the apple season has become a ritual for me. I pull my friends upstairs to pick apples, and then spend weeks cooking and testing the apple recipes I’ve looked at all year round.
This year I have my eye on these 33 healthy apple recipes, all of which are packed with fall flavor and fiber. From breakfast to lunch, dinner to dessert, these ideas make it easy to get your apple a day – and so much more.
A note about the word healthy here: We know that healthy is one complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, but it’s a word that is quite loaded (and sometimes full) thanks to the Diet industryInfluence on the This is how we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about healthy foods, we are mostly talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture and what you do accessible for you and so much more. We selected these recipes with these basic criteria in mind while trying to address a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.