10 Apple Recipes Perfect for the Fall Season

10 Apple Recipes Perfect for Fall

Do you have a favorite fall food? Apples are mine. In Michigan, apples are plentiful September through December. If you love apples as much as I do, or maybe need an excuse to try them in new ways, you’ll love these apple-inspired recipes shared with me by fellow nutrition experts across the country.

10 Apple Recipes Perfect for Fall


Each of the recipes below were shared with me by fellow registered dietitians. Be sure to click on the link or the image below to get their apple-inspired recipe on their blog or website. They’ll be glad you stopped by!

Apple Walnut Buckwheat Pancakes
credit: RDelicious Kitchen

Apple Walnut Buckwheat Pancakes – RDelicious Kitchen

Apple Peanut Butter Waffles

Apple Peanut Butter Waffles

Apple Cinnamon Scruffins
credit: Kara Lydon the Foodie RD

Apple Cinnamon Scruffins – Kara Lydon the Foodie Dietitian

No Bake Apple Peanut Butter Bites
credit: Running in Sneakers

No Bake Apple Peanut Butter Energy Bites – Snacking in Sneakers

Apple Cranberry Tuna Salad
credit: Nutritioulicious

Apple Cranberry Tuna Salad – Nutritioulicious

Autumn Salad with Apple Maple Dressing
credit: E.A. Stewart

Autumn Chopped Salad with Apple Maple Vinaigrette – E.A. Stewart | Spicy RD Nutrition

Apple Bacon and Maple Syrup Flatbread Pizza
credit: Meal Makeover Moms

Apple, Bacon and Maple Syrup Flatbread Pizza – Meal Makeover Moms

Apple Chicken
credit: Nourished Simply

Apple Chicken – Nourished Simply

Pork Chops with Apple Fennel and Thyme
credit: Nutritious Eats

Pork Chops with Apple, Fennel and Thyme – Nutritious Eats

Individual Apple Crisp
credit: No Nonsense Nutritionist

Apple Crumble – No Nonsense Nutritionist

5 In-Season Foods to Add to Your Basic Food List this September

With the change of season comes the opportunity to freshen up your basic food list. This fall, enjoy the taste of the season with a few foods at their peak this time of year.


Apples. It was only a few years ago that I realized apple orchards and cider mills aren’t common place in all states like they are Michigan. Every fall, my family goes to a cider mill and its become a quintessential mark of fall.
Best Ways to Prepare: Wash, slice and eat. Pair with your favorite nut butter or dip in yogurt.
Benefits: Apples up fiber and vitamin C in each crunchy bite. Plus, if you are a grown up, you only need to eat one medium sized apple to get half your days worth of fruit!

Apple Peanut Butter Waffles

Recipe: 5 Minute Apple Peanut Butter Waffles

Pumpkin. Have you joined in on the pumpkin craze yet? Although a pumpkin spice latte from your favorite coffee store may not be exactly what I’m talking about here, but pumpkins can be a great addition to your meal plan.
Best Ways to Prepare:
2 Methods for Cooking Pumpkins
Pumpkins aren’t just for decoration. Providing healthy doses of nutrients like vitamin A, fiber and folate, it’s a great addition to a variety of dishes. Even desserts can benefit from pumpkin! Consider using pumpkin puree to replace or offset fats often you may more regularly use in baking.

Cauliflower. My favorite way to enjoy cauliflower? Roasting it of course!
Best Way to Prepare: 10 Healthy Ways to Cook Cauliflower 
Benefits: Not only does roasting your cauliflower maximize flavor, but also preserves its texture. Waterlogged cauliflower? No thank you. And despite its color, cauliflower just happens to be one of the best sources of vitamin C. Antioxidants like vitamin C are particularly important this time of year when cold and flu peak.

Sweet potatoes. These babies are on my list all year long, but if you don’t regularly include them, now is the time.
Best Way to Prepare: How to Cook Sweet Potatoes 
Benefits: Sweet potatoes are low in calorie, rich in antioxidants and considered a complex carbohydrate. You’ll also find vitamin A, manganese, fiber and vitamin C in each sweet and savory bite.

Roasted Veggie Bowls

Recipe: Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowls

Mushrooms. Mushrooms are another great add on to your fall menu. Mushrooms can be sauted and added to a variety of dishes. Get creative and enjoy the benefits they provide.
Best Way to Prepare: How to Cook Mushrooms on the Stovetop
Benefits: Mushrooms are one of the few foods available that naturally contain vitamin D. Like us, mushrooms produce their own vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. During the winter months, it can be difficult for people to get enough sun to make sufficient amounts of vitamin D. Incorporating mushrooms into your meal plan is just one way to help boost levels. Mushrooms also contain other important nutrients like selenium, potassium, riboflavin and niacin.