Easy Apple Eating Tips

Apples are the most versatile food on the planet, so eating more of them is easy. Here are some easy apple eating ideas from NYAA Consulting Dietitian Linda Quinn, MS, RD, CDN. Most of them don’t even require cooking!

  1. Add diced apples to cold or hot cereal.
  2. Diced apples go great in yogurt. Add cinnamon and nuts to add flavor and fun.
  3. Try apple slices to your favorite French toast. Sprinkle on some cinnamon.
  4. Diced apples and cinnamon make the perfect sweet treat for a simple dessert.
  5. Apples and peanut butter or almond butter make the perfect after-school snack.
  6. Add sliced apples to a sandwich. Try them with cheese, tuna fish and chicken. Apple slices are great on a pulled pork sandwich too!
  7. No one can resist old-fashioned apple pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
  8. When the weather gets cold , nothing warms you up like hot cider with an apple slice garnish.
  9. Try our easy Appletini. Simply pour apple sauce into a martini glass and garnish with an apple slice. All the fun, with none of the guilt!
  10. Roasted apples are easy and delicious and go well with every entree. Simply coat thick slices with olive oil, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Oven roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Try our simple baked apple with walnuts and cinnamon (see recipe).
  12. Kids love to dip sliced apples in caramel. It’s easy and sweet.
  13. Try grilling apples as you would other vegetables and fruits. It adds a sweet taste to your favorite barbecue.
  14. When serving cheese and crackers, don’t forget the apple slices! Check out our YouTube video on apple and cheese pairings.
  15. Whether you put one in your purse, backpack or brief case, apples are the perfect on the go snack.
  16. Sliced or diced apples go great in any salad. They add a great sweet taste, and pair well with cheeses and meats.
  17. Add pop to your coleslaw by adding shredded apples.
  18. Try making your own homemade applesauce. Leave the skins on for added fiber and fun color.
  19. Try any or all of our recipes, and enjoy apples in whatever you eat!

4 Simple Ways to Add Apples to Your Diet

It’s easy to eat more healthy, flavorful apples. Watch as NYAA Consulting Dietitian Linda Quinn show you how.

9 Fresh Ways to Eat Apples this Fall

From pies to pickings, apples are an autumn staple. Check out some fresh ways to enjoy the fruit of the season this fall.

1. In a Slaw

The family will remember this unique Asian chicken slaw, made with veggie root, herbs, apples, peanuts, shredded chicken, and a light balsamic vinaigrette.

2. With Baked Fall Veggies

Baked acorn squash is beautiful fall recipe that melds buttery, mild acorn squash with a sweet blend of orange juice, apples, pecans and caramel dip. Serve warm.

3. With a Cheese-y Appetizer

A decadent appetizer of fruited Brie, topped with dried apples, cranberries, apricots and pecans, drizzled with caramel dip.

4. In a Protein-Packed Salad

Crunchy, sweet and savory. Fruit, vegetables and meat. This delicious apple chicken salad has it all.

5. As An Extra Special After-School Snack

Turn a plain rice cake into a sweet treat by topping it with caramel dip, chopped apples, chocolate chips or nuts for the ultimate after-school snack.

6. As a Cookie Topping

Slather a giant oatmeal cookie with caramel dip and top with apples, raisins, dried cranberries and chopped walnuts for a delectable dessert that’s ready in less than 40 minutes.

7. As a Sweet Topping on a Salty Dessert

Sweet and salty flavors blend together perfectly in this dessert made from pretzel rolls, Golden Delicious apples, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and caramel dip.

8. Layered into a Parfait

Fill parfait glasses with layers of caramel dip, pound cake, tender apples, pecans, dried cranberries and ice cream for a scrumptious dessert in less than 15 minutes.

9. Baked into Roses

Turn your extra apple pickings and pie crust into a beautiful arrangement of roses for a picturesque brunch staple.

Apple is one of the fruits that has enough of potential to support balanced populations of good bacteria in your lower digestive tract. Studies have shown that a large percentage of apple polyphenols can make their way through your digestive system, all the way down to your lower large intestine. Here, we will be discussing about the different healthy ways to eat apples.

Apples are the most popular and widely consumed fruit. The popularity of apples extends from children to adults. People who consume apple have lower chances of obesity. Apples are packed with antioxidants and the two types of apples called ‘Red Delicious’ and ‘Granny Smith’ are ranked 12th and 13th, respectively, for their antioxidant level.

The antioxidants help in fighting diseases. Scientists claim that these compounds help prevent and repair oxidation damage that occurs during normal cell activity. Apples are also full of fibre called pectin, which is a soluble fibre.

When it comes to eating apples, there are different ways to enjoy them.

Read on to know more about the different healthy ways to eat apples.

1. Have An Apple Before Food Shopping

Researchers recently discovered another healthy time to eat an apple – that is having it before you head to the supermarket. In a new study, half participants were given an apple, half participants a cookie sample, or no sample before grocery shopping. Those who consumed the apple bought 28 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given a cookie. Hence, snack on an apple before you head to the supermarket and you may just check out with a healthier cart.

2. Have Both Apples & Oranges

Apples and oranges are known to protect your brain health. Researchers found that the fruits had specific antioxidants that could protect cells from oxidative stress. Bananas have also shown a similar effect. Researchers say that consuming fresh fruits like apples, bananas and oranges could prevent brain damage and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Eat An Apple After Lunch

Apples are packed with pectin, a soluble fibre that attracts water to form a gel in the body during the digestion process. This makes you feel full for a longer period of time. The delayed emptying of the stomach can also help in maintaining steady blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. So, eat an apple after lunch to keep you away from tempting junk food.

4. Pair An Apple With Chocolate

Apple and a chocolate is a healthy combination that will satisfy your sweet tooth and protect your blood vessels. Apples contain rich amounts of flavonoid called quercetin, while dark chocolate is high in flavonoid called catechin. Researchers discovered that when quercetin and catechin are combined together, they stop collagen from interacting with blood platelets, thus preventing blood clots and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

5. Have An Apple And Cheese

Chewing apples helps to stimulate saliva production, which helps eliminating the lingering food particles and bacteria. Saliva also has an alkaline pH that aids in neutralizing the acidity of plaque, which causes cavities. Cheese has high amounts of tyramine, an alkaloid compound that reduces plaque acid. Those who eat cheese and apples have lower levels of plaque acid.

6. Eat One Apple A Day

Eating one apple a day could prevent a stroke. Dutch scientists found that those who added 25 grams of white fruit or vegetables like apples, pears, onions, and mushrooms to their daily diet had a lower risk of stroke by 9 percent. Other coloured foods haven’t shown the same effect.

7. Apple Slices With Peanut Butter

Apple slices with peanut butter is one of the easiest ways to eat an apple. It’s a quick and easy snack you can munch on at the office, or at home. Having an apple with peanut butter will keep your tummy full for a longer period of time. It’s a great healthy snack to keep your unwanted cravings at bay.

8. Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a fantastic way to get your apple a day. Try mixing apples, grapes, cherries, pineapples and blueberries. Just mix all the fruits together and let the mixture sit overnight. And voilà, you have a yummy fruit salad in the morning!

Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the western world, and they can be used about a thousand different ways—not to mention that they’re delicious to eat out of hand! These paleo apple recipes cover baked goods like cakes and muffins, ice cream dishes, salads, stews, soups, and anything else you can think of using apples. Try some this apple season!

1. Spicy Strawberry Dessert Salsa
This salsa is sweet, crunchy, fruity, and delicious with a bit of a kick from the jalapeno. Strawberries, kiwi, apple, and lime juice make the perfect base for this treat, which you can serve with paleo sugar cookies as a dip! A cookie recipe is linked on the page.

Photo: Two of a Kind Cooks

2. Pan Fried Pork Loin With Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Remember pork chops and applesauce? Apples and pork go really well together, and this amazingly colorful meal is super delicious using both of them along with red onion, fresh rosemary, apple cider vinegar, sweet hot mustard, butter, sweet potato, and fresh parsley.

3. Silky Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
This easy soup is nourishing with rich butternut squash, sweet and tart green apples, bone broth (you could use any broth from the store if you don’t have bone broth), coconut milk, nutmeg, allspice, pecans, and coconut oil. With such simple ingredients, where can you go wrong?

4. Apple Muffins
Apples are great in muffins because they’re a natural sweetener, and they have a flavor that’s very agreeable to most people without overwhelming the lovely flavor of the muffin itself. This version is made with eggs, coconut flour, vanilla, coconut oil, and cinnamon.

5. Cinnamon Apple Noodle Breakfast Bowl With Candied Nuts
This yummy breakfast bowl is crunchy and sweet with fruit and nuts, and you can make it diary free by using coconut yogurt (or your favorite paleo yogurt) instead of Greek yogurt. Adjust the seasonings to your liking—I’d add more cinnamon, I think!

Photo: Ambitious Kitchen

6. Green Goddess Smoothie
This luscious smoothie really is fit for a goddess, with vanilla almond milk, apple, frozen banana, fresh spinach, chia seeds, and avocado. It’s super creamy and the banana makes it both frosty and sweet, with lots of nutrients from chia seeds and the other ingredients.

7. Whole30 paleo Roast Pork, Apples, and Carrots
Here’s a full meal that’s suitable for most diets and extra delicious. You can make it with unsweetened applesauce, whole grain mustard, tart apples, onion, garlic, carrots, ghee, apple juice, fresh rosemary, black pepper, and more. Full of protein and veggies!

8. Apple Cider Vinegar and Greens Detox Salad
Perfect for the day after you’ve indulged a bit more than you meant to and you’re feeling sluggish, this bright green salad has lots of greens and healthy vegetables, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, green onions, and olive oil. It’s fresh, light, nutritious, and delicious.

9. Dijon and Apple Brussels Sprouts
Playing on the bitterness of Brussels sprouts and the sweetness of apples, this Dijon-flavored dish is perfect for Brussels sprouts skeptics. It’s flavored with maple syrup, cayenne, pepper, slivered almonds, garlic, and lemon zest for the perfect blend of flavors and textures.

Photo: A Clean Plate

10. Apple Lassi
Lassi is an Indian yogurt drink that’s used as a digestive and also happens to be super tasty. This easy paleo version is made by swirling cinnamon and apple butter into coconut yogurt—if you want it more drinkable like the traditional version, thin it with a bit of almond milk.

11. Sweet Plantain Apple Bacon Hash
Sweet plantains are a great source of healthy carbohydrates, and they add a sweet flavor to this breakfast hash that goes wonderfully with apples and bacon. A touch of cinnamon really plays on the flavors—add lots of protein and nutrients with cooked eggs on top!

12. Cinnamon Apple Streusel Bread
Who doesn’t love streusel bread? It has a gooey, crumbly top that’s better than frosting on cake, and this version is made with dates, grass-fed butter, honey, cinnamon, and apple, so it’ll be pretty difficult not to just eat it with a spoon before you put it on the bread.

13. Cranberry and Apple Stuffed Turkey Breasts
In this recipe, sweet apples and tart cranberries infuse their flavors into the turkey breast, creating a fantastic dish that’s easy to make but impressive to family and guests. You’ll also need bacon, walnuts, mushrooms, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, and a cooking fat of your choice.

Photo: Every Last Bite

14. Spiced Apple Walnut Loaf With Apple Butter
With ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice, this delicious loaf has bursts of unexpected flavor along with sweet apples and a nutty flavor from the almond flour and chopped walnuts. It’s sweetened with apple juice and a touch of honey—maple syrup would also work well.

15. Rosemary Apple Pork Chops
These pork chops couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, apple, and rosemary! Top them with an apple cider vinaigrette made with lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Serve with your favorite veggie side dish.

16. Fennel Salad With Pears, Apples, and Mustard Vinaigrette
I love apples and pears with fennel because the fruit is so sweet and the fennel as that deeply sweet-savory licorice sort of taste that is so unique. This salad is lovely and simple topped with a dressing made from olive oil, lemon juice, and grainy mustard.

17. Creamy Banana and Apple Butter Parfait
Have you ever frozen bananas and whipped them into banana ice cream? It’s so tasty and naturally sweet, and I love using it in this apple butter parfait with sweet homemade apple butter, vanilla extract, and honey or coconut sugar candied pistachios.

Photo: Nirvana Cakery

18. Baked Squash With Apples and Cranberries
This baked Hokkaido squash is soft and sweet and filled with apples and cranberries along with walnuts, chewy dates, maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt. It’s so delicious and sweet it’s almost like a dessert squash! Yummy.

19. Grain Free Sausage and Apple Stuffing
This stuffing is perfect for your paleo Thanksgiving table, or any old time you’re craving some good stuffing! Make it with onion, carrots, celery, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, almond flour, egg, melted ghee, and mild Italian sausage patties for some meaty goodness.

20. Plum, Pear, and Apple Grain Free Crumble
There’s no denying that apples were basically destined for fruit crisps and crumbles. They hold their shape when cooked down but are still soft and gooey, and in this crumble with plums and pears and a cinnamon almond flour topping, they are perfectly maple-sweet and amazing with coconut milk.

21. Stuffed Pork Tenderloin With Cranberry Sauce
Served with delicious honey-and-orange cranberry sauce, this savory pork tenderloin is stuffed with shallots, garlic, baby bella mushrooms, apples, and crushed walnuts. It’s a bit crunchy with sweet and savory flavors. The perfect entrée!

Photo: Hold The Grain

22. Healthy Apple Pie Breakfast Bowls
Want apple pie for breakfast? You can make it happen with these apple pie bowls topped with pumpkin granola and filled with sunflower seed butter, granny smith apples, dairy free milk, shredded coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, and sea salt.

23. Apple Cinnamon Granola
Grain-free granolas are a healthy way to start your day with plenty of protein and flavor with dried apple rings, Brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, shredded coconut, coconut flakes, sesame seeds, coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and allspice. Serve with almond milk.

24. Boozy Vegan Salted Caramel Apple Ice Cream
You don’t even need an ice cream maker to make this awesome treat, though you could certainly use one if you have it. It’s hand-churned with chopped apples, coconut oil, cinnamon, coconut milk, maple syrup, and a homemade salted caramel apple bourbon sauce.

25. Fennel Apple Salad
Here’s another take on fennel apple salad with lemon juice, olive oil, chopped walnuts, barberries, chopped dill, salt, and pepper. It’s super simple to make and keeps well enough that you could make it the night before and take it to lunch the next day.

Photo: A Saucy Kitchen

26. Cranberry Sauce
Sweetened with apple and coconut sugar and spiced with cinnamon, allspice, and freshly grated ginger, this easy coconut sauce will blow anyone out of the water who’s used to that canned junk that nobody likes. I’ve converted lots of cranberry haters with similar recipes!

27. Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Sauce
This pear sauce is creamy and delicious, made with both pears and granny smith apples. It’s spiced with star anise, cinnamon, and vanilla bean scrapings for a delicious treat that’s awesome on its own or served with dairy-free ice cream for an extra delicious dessert.

28. Apple Spice Sauerkraut
I’ve been a little obsessed with fermentation lately, so much so that I’ve bought a few books and tried more than a dozen recipes. Most of them have been awesome, and one favorite has been this apple spice sauerkraut that’s a little bit sweet, tart, and cinnamony all at once.

29. Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins
For muffins that are soft, moist, and gently sweetened with honey, these are perfect. The almond butter base ensure that they’re rich with an awesome flavor, while ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and lots of cinnamon add some warmth. Vegan adaptation available!

Photo: The Big Mans World

30. Healthy 1 Minute Apple Cinnamon Muffin
This single-serve muffin can be made either in the microwave or in the oven if you’re not into microwave baking. It’s made with applesauce, cinnamon, coconut and almond flours, dairy free milk, and just a few other ingredients. Omit the oat flour for the paleo version.

31. Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins
You can never have too many muffin recipes, and this one makes about a dozen, so you’ll want to keep in on hand. These muffins are made with almond flour, tapioca flour, cinnamon, eggs, honey, coconut milk, coconut oil, shredded apple, and vanilla extract.

32. Roasted Acorn Squash and Apple Soup
Apples sweeten this soup up nicely, but don’t get the wrong idea—this is a very savory dish with onion, carrots, celery, garlic, turmeric, ginger, curry powder, and coconut milk for a bit of added creaminess. I’d like to have this with some warm, grain-free biscuits or rolls.

33. Apple Brussels Sprouts Hash
Hopefully by this point in my list, you’ve now started to appreciate apples in savory dishes if you didn’t already. This is one of my favorites, with Brussels sprouts, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar, chopped hazelnuts, pepper, and if you’d like some extra protein, eggs.

Photo: The Sophisticated Caveman

34. Cinnamon Apple Chia Pudding
Chia pudding is a great way to start your morning with protein and nutrients, especially if you aren’t a fan of eggs (sadly, I’m not). This version is made with coconut milk, vanilla bean, ghee, apple, cinnamon, raisins, shredded coconut, and sea salt.

35. Cauliflower Parsnip Soup
Apple really is a great asset in soups because it has a silky texture and gently sweet flavor when pureed. This soup also has parsnips, onion, coconut milk, coconut oil, garlic, cauliflower, and delicious truffle oil to drizzle on top. If you can’t find truffle oil, garnish with olive oil instead.

36. Paleo Caramel Apple Gingersnaps
These gingersnaps are grain-free with almond meal and coconut flour, sweetened with flavored with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and coconut sugar. They’re filled with dried apples and covered with a homemade caramel sauce made from coconut sugar, coconut milk, and grass fed butter. YUM.

37. Marinated Beet and Apple Salad With Banana Peppers
This superfood salad is so colorful you’re going to feel like you’re eating a rainbow. To make it, you’ll need a banana pepper, granny smith apple, olive or avocado oil, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce (or coconut aminos), dry mustard, onion salt, coconut sugar, and chopped pecans or walnuts.

Photo: Whole Somelicious

38. Roasted Vegetable, Apple, and Sausage Medley
With protein, veggies, and sweet apples, this medley of chicken sausage, onion, garlic, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash is ideal for any meal of the day from breakfast to lunch to dinner. Finish it off with sea salt, pepper, and fresh sage.

39. Brussels Sprouts Slaw With Cabbage and Apples
Slaws are refreshing any day of the year, especially when they’re filled with flavors like granny smith apple, chopped walnuts, and crunchy (and pretty) red cabbage. This one is made with a lemon-Dijon vinaigrette with honey, sea salt, and ground ginger.

40. Paleo Plantain Apple Cake
This apple cake is dense and fudgy, almost like a brownie but without the chocolate! You’ll need eggs, avocado oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, ripple plantains (not the green ones), salt, cinnamon, and peeled and chopped apples. This cake is awesome

I have a friend who eats lemon slices whole—as in, rind and all. I tease her relentlessly for it, but she might actually get the last laugh when it comes to whole-fruit consumption. According to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, the amount of beneficial bacteria you ingest when deciding how to eat an apple increases significantly when you don’t stop short of the core and seeds.

Researchers at the Graz University of Technology in Austria analyzed the bacteria content in both organic and store-bought apples and came back with some unexpected (at least, to me?) findings. For starters, both types of apples contained approximately the same amount of bacteria content; however, organic apples had more diverse and more beneficial microbes as compared to store-bought varieties.

Perhaps more intriguing is the team’s finding that in both apple types, the bulk of the good bacteria were found in an apple’s seeds. This means that if you skip them, you miss out on some major digestive help. In fact, researchers concluded that tossing an apple core reduces the amount of microbes consumed from more than 100 million to a measly 10 million.

And while most modern-day humans can benefit from a little bacteria boost, there are certain signs that you in particular want to emulate Johnny Appleseed. Microbiome health affects everything from immunity to weight to depression (and beyond), and yours could be in bad shape if you’re experiencing symptoms ranging from bloating and gas to skin issues, depression, and fatigue. The type of bacteria most commonly found in (organic) apples is called lactobacillus, which might be familiar to probiotic junkies given that it’s found in most formulas. “Lactobacillus produces lactate which helps maintain a healthy PH in the gut,” explains Sarah Greenfield, RD, of Hum Nutrition. “Certain strains have been linked to increasing skin cell turnover and also up-regulating GABA receptors that help calm the body.” Pretty impressive CV for a piece of trash, right?

Speaking of garbage, there’s another reason to consume the core of your next apple, too. Not eating them wastes 20-30 percent of the fruit, says zero waste expert Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers. “The same is true for a lot of veggie tops, stems, and leaves, all of which are edible,” she says. “Not eating all parts of a fruit or vegetable leads to billions of dollars of loss for something that is perfectly edible and a lot of methane released because those end up in landfill—methane is more dangerous than CO2 from a short term perspective, so it’s super bad for climate change.”

If you’re so inclined to eat the core, take your first bite from the bottom of the apple and work your way toward the stem. (I’m told that you’ll barely notice a difference in texture or taste.) But if you still feel weird about consuming cores (it me!), Singer suggests juicing. “Also, making stock is a great way to get a lot out of things that are otherwise considered waste in America—stems, cores, pits, leaves, and stalks,” she says. “Pickling is also a great trick to make those bits more desirable.”

Before you go HAM with seed harvesting, however, it’s worth noting that ingesting too many of the little guys can have ill effects on health. Consuming an apple core or two (or 10, honestly) a day, however, isn’t going to do any harm. Plus, it might just keep the digestive doctor—and the impending climate apocalypse?!—away.

So, you’ve totally been eating apples all wrong, but are you #epicfailing on your avocado consumption, too? Plus, find out if you’re among those who should avoid eating raw kale.

What Goes Well With Apples?

What Do Apples Go Well With?

Herbs & Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, lemon, vanilla, mint

Dairy: cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese

Serving Ideas

When there is an abundance of local apples, apple sauce is an easy go-to but if you want to step it up – make apple butter! Simply cook apples until they are very tender and caramelized brown. Puree or blend to use over toast, pancakes, or even use as a glaze for roasts.

Apples are delicious to eat out of hand but can also be used to make delectable snacks in various forms. Try making apple Oka bites as a fun appetizer, or try making apple leather, apple turnovers, or decadent  apple cream cheese squares.

For those days you just need something simple and home baked, try making an apple tart, apple cupcakes or this apple strata.

Apples aren’t just tasty in sweet treats; they are amazing in savoury meals as well. Chicken apple sauté is tasty, easy to make and full of fibre.

Apple quesadillas and apple stuffed squash are great ways to enjoy the bright flavour of apples in savoury dishes. Apples can be added to mac and cheese for a fun twist. Or try it in this wild rice and quinoa salad for a delicious crunch.

Roasted Ontario apple gravy can bring a natural sweetness and seasonal flair to your favourite fall and and winter holiday meals. It also happens to be completely vegan (if you use vegetable stock) making it an excellent option for those with dietary restrictions.

Nothing could be more economical than cooking with cabbage and apples this time of year, so consider this cabbage, smoked sausage and apple soup for your budget-friendly weeknight dinners.

Ontario apple and chicken turnovers turn store-bought favourites – rotisserie chicken, apples and frozen pie crust – into a simple-to-make meal for the pressed-for-time cook.

7 Delightful Dip Recipes for Your Sweet Apple Slices

Autumn has arrived, and with it comes bright colors, cool weather, and, of course, apple season. There is only one thing better than biting into a crisp and crunchy apple: having a delicious dip to dunk your slices into. Whether you’re craving creamy caramel, toffee bits, or one that tastes like ice cream, there is a delectable dip that is sure to appeal to every sweet tooth. After indulging in these 7 heavenly recipes, you’ll never be able to eat a plain apple again.

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1. Fluffy Caramel Apple Dip Recipe

The perfect partner to an apple is a smooth and fluffy dip. Taste of Home’s recipe calls for cream cheese, caramel ice cream topping, and marshmallow creme to create a treat that is perfect for sweet snacking.


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  • 3 medium tart apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions: In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, caramel topping, and vanilla until smooth; fold in marshmallow creme. Cut apples vertically into thin slices. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and water; toss apples in lemon juice mixture. Drain. Serve apple slices with dip.

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2. Toffee-Apple Dip

Crunchy candy pieces, cream cheese, and brown sugar create a decadent dip that tastes even better when paired with autumn’s tastiest apples. Southern Living’s recipe yields about 3 cups.


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package toffee bits
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: Stir together all ingredients until well blended. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Source: iStock

3. Maple-Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip

This easy-to-make dip consists of peanut butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon, and pairs perfectly with fall’s finest apples. JoyBauer.com’s recipe yields 1 serving, so adjust accordingly. This dip won’t last long!


  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions: Mix together the ingredients and serve with apple slices.

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4. Milky Way Caramel Apple Dip Recipe

You may be tempted to eat Tatertots & Jello’s recipe by the spoonful. This dessert dip calls for Milky Way bars, brown sugar, butter, condensed milk, and vanilla extract. After one bite of this dip, you’ll discover that apples and Milky Way bars are a match made in heaven.


  • 12 fun-sized Milky Way bars
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 (14-ounce) can condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 apples, cut up

Directions: Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan; add brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and cut up Milky Way bars. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until bars are dissolved and mixture comes to a thick consistency. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with sliced apples. Freeze two of the fun-sized Milky Way bars and cut them up and sprinkle over the dip.

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5. Ice Cream Apple Dip

This may be just what you need to get your kids to eat more apples. Crazy For Crust’s recipe is low-fat, filled with protein, only requires three ingredients, and tastes just like ice cream. Feel free to use a different-flavored creamer, too — it will taste just as good!


  • ½ cup International Delight Cold Stone Creamer (or any flavor)
  • ½ cup nonfat vanilla Greek-style yogurt
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
  • Apple slices, for dipping

Directions: Whisk creamer and yogurt together in serving bowl. Stir in chocolate chips. Serve with apples.

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6. Skinny Caramel Apple Dip

Apple dip doesn’t need to wreck your diet. This Celebrations recipe uses low-fat products, allowing you to dip your apples in an indulgent bowl of caramel goodness without feeling guilty.


  • 1 (8-ounce) package low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • ½ tub (about 6 ounces) fat-free or light whipped topping
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar of your favorite caramel sauce
  • Apple slices, for dipping

Directions: In an electric mixer, blend cream cheese, whipped topping, and caramel sauce until well combined. Mix in white chocolate chips. You can eat immediately, or refrigerate for about an hour to allow to firm up a bit. Serve with apple slices.

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7. Heath Bar Apple Dip

This Creative Thriftiness recipe is perfect for parties and special occasions. If you’ve ever got a sweet tooth, this decadent, candy-filled dip will certainly cure it.


  • 1 brick cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup caramel ice cream topping
  • ½ cup Heath Bar chips, divided

Directions: Mix cream cheese, brown sugar, and ice cream topping together until combined and creamy. Add ¼ cup of the Heath chips and stir. Put into a bowl and top with the remaining Heath chips. Serve with sliced apples.

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1. Classic

If you’re in a rush and have no time to prepare, there’s always the classic handheld apple.

2. Slice

Slicing an apple is a simple way to prepare apples. You can slice it by hand with a knife, or use an apple slicer and have it done in seconds!

3. Apple Sauce

Apple sauce is a great treat to have, and even cooler when you make it yourself with fresh apples. To make applesauce, first peel, core and slice the apples. Next, in a saucepan, combine the apples, water and cinnamon (optional), and bring it to a boil. Cover the saucepan, reduce the heat and let it simmer while stirring occasionally for 20 minutes or until it is tender. You can also heat the applesauce in the microwave, uncovered, at high for 12 minutes, pausing to stir twice. Once your applesauce is heated, let it stand for 5 minutes.

4. Apple Pie

This delicious dessert makes eating an apple no problem! For a step by step tutorial on how to make the perfect apple pie click here.

5. Ice cream bowl

For a unique apple experience, try the apple ice-cream bowl! Slice an apple in half, and then carve out majority of the inside, leaving enough around the edges to make a sturdy bowl. Fill it with ice cream and you just made your dessert a whole lot healthier!

6. Apple Chips

To make a tasty little apple snack preheat your oven to 225 degrees F. Then, arrange apple slices on a metal baking sheet. Next, you mix sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl, and sprinkle it over the apple slices. Bake these in the oven until the apples are dry and the edges curl up. This will take 45 minutes to an hour.

7. Caramel Apples

Everyone loves apples dipped in caramel, but this unique recipe takes caramel apples to a new level! Slice an apple in half and then carve out some of the inside. Pour in caramel sauce or melted caramel. Put the apples in the fridge until the caramel is completely hardened. Slice the apple and enjoy!

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