When life hands you apples

Before I could let the final opportunity pass, my boyfriend and I took the last beautiful fall weekend to go apple picking! What’s not to love? Being out in the fresh air, picking apples right off of the trees, loving that there isn’t snow on the ground just yet 🙂

But what are two people supposed to do with 8 pounds of apples at the end of the day without turning it into a pie, crumble, cake… you see where this is going. I took it upon myself to try out A LOT of apple recipes and I thought I would share my top three favorites!

I was looking for simple, easy, healthy ways to have these apples without loading brown sugar on top. Why not just eat them the way nature intended? There’s no need to spend extra money masking the health benefits of this great fruit! With all of the fiber and antioxidants these babies carry, it makes sense when people say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away!” But when you have about 30 apples on hand, you need to find something to do with all of them before they go bad! While I love eating these fresh picked apples on their own, here are a few other ways I enjoy them!

Apple Energy Bites

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Ingredients:

1 cup oats

1/4 cup peanut butter

2 TBS honey

1 TSP cinnamon

1/2 apple grated

Directions: mix all ingredients into a bowl together, roll into bite-sized balls, and enjoy!  With the health benefits from the apples, and the protein from the peanut butter, these sweet treats will fill you up mid-day with no guilt!

Yogurt Apple Dip

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt

2 TBSP peanut butter

1 TSP honey

1/2 TSP cinnamon

Apples for dipping

Directions: add all ingredients into a bowl, mix, and dip away! This is also a great mid-day snack, or if you’re craving something sweet before bed! Again, packed with protein from the peanut butter and Greek yogurt, this is sure to curb any hunger while satisfying your snacking needs!

Apple Oatmeal Muffins

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups oats

1/2 TSP baking powder

1 TSP cinnamon

1/2 cup almond milk

1 egg

1/2 TSP vanilla

1/2 apple diced

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. mix oats, baking powder and cinnamon in one bowl, and the almond milk, egg, and vanilla in another bowl. Add the wet mixture into the dry, then add the apples and combine everything together.

Portion these out into 6 muffin tins, then bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Let them cool for 5 minutes then enjoy!! These are great for breakfast, and I found after letting them sit in the fridge overnight, they taste even better 🙂

 

I hope you try these recipes! Enjoy these healthy, apple packed treats with no guilt this fall while staying on track with your eating!!

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