Fall is almost here… and apples are in season! When you think of decadent apple desserts, you may think of apple pie or apple dumplings, but we have compiled 101 tasty and healthy apple desserts and recipes for you to try this fall—all the flavor… and (almost) none of the guilt!
But of course, I do have some favorite apple desserts that aren’t healthy, which I love to make each fall too! Classic Apple Crisp is the perfect fall dessert. Warm it up, or eat it hot out-of-the-oven, and top it with ice cream and a bit of whipped cream—so good! And for a bit of a twist on an apple dessert, try this Apple Pie Pizza! While not super-healthy, it is topped with cheese, so you get some calcium—and it is an absolutely kid-friendly dessert to make!
But enough talk about classic apple desserts. If you are like me, you are always searching for ways to make things a bit healthier… these desserts will do just that! Lots of flavor, but made with natural sweeteners, are vegan or gluten free, or maybe just a little less fat and calories. I also want to make sure to get some of the wonderful health benefits of eating apples, so focusing on using them in dishes that don’t drown them out with sugar is important to me.
Health benefits of apples
Apples are packed with nutrients! They are even referred to as “nutritional powerhouses” because of all the goodness they contain:
- Vitamin C
- B-complex vitamins
- High in fiber
- polyphenolic compounds
Because of all these great minerals and nutrients, an apple a day really can keep the doctor away! Some of the health benefits of eating apples include:
- Reduced risk of developing cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke
- May help to prevent dementia
- Lower levels of bad cholesterol
- May help to prevent obesity
- Promote gut health
- Help to fight asthma
- May be good for bone health
Now, on to the healthy apple recipes!
Healthy Apple Muffins
Muffins can be a great snack or a sweeter bread along with breakfast or lunch. I literally never buy muffins because they are so easy (and much cheaper!) to make.
Healthy Apple Desserts
My favorite way to eat dessert is with a healthy twist! This list of desserts has lots of great ways to add sweetness, without sacrificing flavor! Any time that I can cut sugar or fat from a dessert that is still tasty, is a win-win in my book!
Healthy Apple Pie
Try this American classic, with a healthy twist!
Healthy Apple Cake
Not only are these recipes tasty, but they make gorgeous cakes! Perfect for your next gathering or party this autumn…
Healthy Apple Snacks
An apple a day keeps the doctor away… but sometimes you just want something a little different… While your kids may get tired of simply eating apple slices, there are some ways to spice up this healthy superfood! Here are a few recipes to make those apple snacks a bit more exciting!
Healthy Apple Breakfast Recipes
Apples for breakfast? Yes, please! Great way to start your day…
Healthy Apple Pancakes
It’s breakfast. It’s dessert. It’s delicious… these apple pancakes are sure to please your taste buds!
Apple Smoothie Recipes
What can make a smoothie healthier? Apples! Try adding this super-healthy food to your breakfast smoothie…
Apple Juice Recipes
Fresh juice is one of my favorite things. It just tastes better when you squeeze it fresh, rather than getting it from a prepackaged bottle. Yes, it take a bit of work, but it is so worth it!
Okay, I’ll admit, that even though I love fresh juice… and all the vitamins and nutrients that you get from the fresh fruits and veggies, I don’t always have the time to make it. So, I have found a great way to bridge that gap on a daily basis, with whole food supplements that contain not only apples, but 30 other fruits and vegetables too!
Healthy Apple Main Dish Recipes
Here are some great ways to incorporate those delicious apples into a healthy lunch or dinner:
Healthy Apple Side Dish Recipes
Soups, salads, salsas and more… apples go great in these side dish recipes that will be perfect for fall!