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Apple Picking + Recipes to Use a Lot of Apples

It’s fall, y’all – and PRIME time for apples!

Have you ever picked your own apples?

I went on my first apple picking experience at Sky Top Orchard (outside of Asheville, NC) this year. We left with a bucket full of apples and fresh apple cider for the road.

Sky Top Orchard
peck of apples from sky top orchard

Since it was my first time going to a u-pick farm, I learned how quickly you can end up with more apples than you know what to do with!

Which begs the question: What to do with too many apples??

Lucky for you I have some ideas.

Here are 45+ vegetarian ways to use up your excess apples from your apple-picking haul!

Apple Snack Recipes:

Apple Nachos from Trial and Eater – Peanut butter + chocolate is obviously my fav, but you can also get creative with your toppings!

Apple "Nachos" with peanut butter and chocolate drizzle. Fruit, protein and chocolate makes this a great healthy snack at any time! |

Astounding Apple Butter from Loaves and Dishes

Apple Matchsticks from Trial and Eater – a unique sweet and spicy snack!

Sweet Potato and Apple Fruit Leather from Learning and Yearning

Cinnamon Apple Chips from Trial and Eater – since these are made without added sugar, they are a healthy snack!

Cinnamon apple chips. No added sugar, no dehydrator required! Vegan, gluten-free, and healthy snack any time.

Apple Popsicles with Date Caramel Crumble from Veggie Desserts

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips from Trial and Eater

Apple Jelly from Masala Herb

Apple Roses from Foolproof Living – have you ever seen apple roses? Almost too cute to eat!

Homemade Applesauce from Thyme and Love

Apple Dessert Recipes:

Chewy Apple Peanut Butter Bars from Sugar Dish Me

Apple Pie Filling from Beyond the Chicken Coop

Vegan Apple Crumble From v Nutrition and Wellness

Paleo Apple and Cranberry Crisp from 24 Carrot Kitchen

Cheesecake Brownies with Caramel Apples from Contentedness Cooking

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Pie from Gluten-free Easily

Apple Sugar from Learning and Yearning – I didn’t even know this was a thing, but it seems like dehydrated applesauce!

Apple Fritters from Tikkido

Add Apples to your Veggies!

Brussels Sprouts, Apples and Caramelized Onions from Cadry’s Kitchen (and a helpful bonus: how to make caramelized onions)

Maple Apple Spaghetti Squash from Trial and Eater

Maple Apple Spaghetti Squash Bake - a vegan friendly, gluten free veggie side dish that is great for family dinners and holidays.

Apple Breakfast Recipes:

Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Oatmeal from Sugar Dish Me

Apple Cider Chia Pudding from Spabettie

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats from Tasting Page

Put apples on sandwiches!

Brie and Apple Sandwich from Hello Little Home

Grown-up Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Trial and Eater – with two kinds of cheese, tomatoes, and a crunch of apple!

Grown up grilled cheese with two sauces two cheese, and two fruits. Loaded with flavor!

Put apples in bread!

Honey Apple Challah from Trial and Eater – a fun sweet twist on challah bread!

Cornbread Apple Loaf from Christina’s Cucina

Greek Yogurt Apple Cinnamon Bread from Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

Apple Filled Pull Apart Bread from Persnickety Plates

Use apples in soups!

Sweet Potato Apple Soup from Trial and Eater

Roasted Acorn Squash Apple Soup from Tasteful Venture

Butternut Squash Apple Soup from Trial and Eater

Butternut squash apple soup. Delicious autumn flavors blended together make this vegan soup a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Use apples in baking!

Apple Walnut Bundt Cake from Extreme Couponing Mom

Mama’s Apple Pie from Bellalimento

Cinnamon Roasted Apple Muffins from Hey Nutrition Lady

Apple Crisp Cookie Cups from Liv for Cake

Apple Upside Down Cake from Lemon Blossoms

Baked Apples with Cashew Cream from Plant Based Cooking

Cocoa Apple Cake from Beyond the Chicken Coop

Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Honey Cinnamon Apples from Food Faith Fitness

Put apples in salads!

Kale and Apple Pecan Salad from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad from Foolproof Living

Spinach Apple Salad from Trial and Eater

spinach apple salad

Apple Fig Arugula Salad from Flavor the Moments

Vegan Waldorf Salad from Happy Kitchen Rocks

Five Greens Salad from The Organic Kitchen

Avocado Egg Salad with Apples from Trial and Eater

Apple avocado egg salad no mayo |

Apple Drink Recipes:

Apple Pie Smoothie from The Lemon Bowl

Homemade Apple Cider from Trial and Eater

Or you know, eat them apples right off the tree! The goats at Sky Top Orchard sure wanted to.

Sky Top Orchard goat
Sky Top Orchard sign

Tell me – what are you going to make with all your apples?

Tons of recipe ideas to use up all your fresh applies! Whether you want baked apples, apple desserts, apple snacks, apple drinks, or more!

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Kendra Hegedus

Sunday 10th of September 2023

Do you have recipes for apple schnapps or apple liquor?


Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

That's such a great apple recipe resource. I never thought of making my own apple cider vinegar, so I 'm pretty excited about that :D


Monday 1st of October 2018

So many good ideas! I love going apple picking in the fall. It's one of my favorite yearly traditions. I'll definitely keep this post in mind for next year's trip! Thanks for including my recipe.

Christina | Christina's Cucina

Monday 1st of October 2018

What a great list of recipes! Thanks for including my Apple Cornbread! :)

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