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Put those fresh apples to good use with my best healthy apple recipes for kids—and the rest of the family too! You’ll find pancakes, muffins, cookies, baked apples, oatmeal, applesauce and more. Each is nutritious, easy to make, and so yummy.
Healthy Apple Recipes
This time of the year is perfect for cooking and baking with apples—though I almost always have an apple or two in my fridge, so I tend to use apples all year long. I love to pull together these lists to help you come up with new ideas for produce, especially when you might have an abundance from a trip to an orchard or farmer’s market. (Or just the grocery store!)
Whether you’re in the mood for breakfast, snacks, dessert, or you just want to make a few treats to stash into the freezer, this list has your apple recipe needs covered!
The apple recipes I’ve included here are “healthy” in terms of:
You can make this overnight the and enjoy it for breakfast the following day, or make a whole batch ahead and eat it throughout the week.
*To do this overnight, choose the LOW heat option and cook time.
This healthy granola recipe uses applesauce for sweetness and bakes at a lower temperature to lower the risk of burning around the edges. Plus, find an option to make it without added sugar id desired.
Put those fresh apples to good use in this delicious and easy Apple Crisp. It features a simple method and quick baking time and is a great way to use freshly picked apples—or ones you have lingering in your fridge
You can use any kind of apple in this recipe. It will taste best if your apples taste sweet. There’s a big range of flavors in apples, so just know the final flavor it connected to the flavor of the apples. Honeycrisp and Pink Lady are good options.
With sweet-tart flavors and an easy method, this pie is perfect for the winter holidays! Use fresh or frozen cranberries in this recipe for the best results. Discard any that are blemished or shriveled.
Put those apples to good use in these breakfast and snack recipes.
Favorite Apple Baked Oatmeal
This Apple Baked Oatmeal is delicious and hearty. It's delicate when warm, so let it cool fully before you slice it with a serrated knife. Serve it in slices like you would apple bread, or in a bowl to eat with a spoon or a fork.
Perfectly spiced and just sweet enough, these Applesauce Muffins are a yummy breakfast or snack. We like these on their own, topped with nut or seed butter, or even with a smear of cream cheese. See what your littles like!
These fluffy Applesauce Pancakes are easy to mix up, taste sweet and comforting, and the leftovers store nicely in the fridge or freezer. We like them topped with a little maple syrup, peanut butter, or additional applesauce.
Tender, full of apple flavor, and topped with a yummy streusel, these Apple Cinnamon Muffins are a forever favorite muffin recipe. (These are flavorful when made with fresh apples with a lot of flavor, but they are not super sweet. To increase the sweetness, add ¼ cup sugar to the muffin batter.)
Best Apple Puree (with Flavor Combinations + Storage Tips))
There’s no one right serving size for every child, so start with a smaller amount and offer more as indicated by baby. When they turn their head or close their mouth, end the meal—it’s usually pretty obvious when they want to be done!
Learn the easiest way to make a batch of Applesauce Pouches, with six flavor options, in less than 30 minutes. This is easy, delicious, and versatile—and a perfect way to batch-prep a snack or meal component.
These quick stove top Cinnamon Apples cook in under 10 minutes, are perfectly tender, and can be served with or without added sugar. They're a delicious snack or topping for yogurt or oatmeal—and they taste like apple pie filling!