19 Best Healthy Apple Recipes

For Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert

Pomegranate apple salad recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Apples are a fall favorite, but can luckily be found in a rainbow of varieties year-round. And while they make a delicious fruit pie, they're capable of so much more. Toss crisp raw apple into a salad, turn the fruit into a chutney or sauce, or add tart sweetness to pancakes. You can even blend cooked apples into a fall soup for a deliciously complex flavor.

There's no need to combine apples with tons of butter and sugar to make them tasty. Enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert with these healthy recipes.

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    Fennel and Apple Salad With Honey Yogurt Dressing

    Heathy fennel and apple salad recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Combine chopped raw apples with thin-sliced fennel for a lovely fall salad. Topped with a yogurt honey dressing, it only takes minutes to whip up and is healthy to boot. It's a seasonal take on coleslaw that tastes great with a wide range of main dishes.

  • 02 of 19

    French Apple Pie Granola

    french apple pie granola

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Homemade granola is cheap and easy to make and this version is an autumnal treat. Apple pie granola is spiced with cinnamon and studded with dried apple and raisins. Adjust the amount of sweeteners to suit your tastes.

  • 03 of 19

    Instant Pot Applesauce

    homemade applesauce form the Instant Pot

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    A great way to use up an excess of apples is to make homemade applesauce. An electric pressure cooker makes it a breeze, and the sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days for an easy snack.

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    Apple Phyllo Pie

    Apple Phyllo Pie
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    If you're in the mood for an apple pie, but don't want all of the calories that come with a butter crust and sugary filling, make this elegant apple phyllo pie. It's easier, healthier, but just as satisfying.

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  • 05 of 19

    Easy Vegan Apple Banana Muffins

    Fat free vegan apple banana muffins

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    Made without any butter, margarine, or oil, these vegan apple banana muffins are a breakfast snack the whole family will love. Bananas and apple add natural sweetness to the muffins, and you can replace part of the flour with whole wheat.

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    Dairy-Free Apple Bread Pudding

    Dairy free apple bread pudding

    ​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Bread puddings tend to include heavy cream or milk as well as several eggs in their ingredient list. Dairy-free apple bread pudding uses almond milk instead, making the dessert vegan. It also calls for whole wheat bread and agave or maple syrup, so it's truly a healthful recipe.

  • 07 of 19

    Pomegranate Apple Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing

    Pomegranate apple salad recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    This beautiful fall salad is special enough for Thanksgiving and easy enough for a simple family meal. Crisp lettuce, sliced apple, and tart pomegranate seeds are topped with a savory poppy seed dressing for a tasty seasonal side dish.

  • 08 of 19

    Butternut Squash and Apple Casserole With Crumb Topping

    Butternut squash and apple casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Butternut squash pairs nicely with apple, especially when topped with a buttery brown sugar topping. This casserole is especially good served with roasted turkey, chicken, or pork, and looks attractive as part of a dinner spread.

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  • 09 of 19

    Apple Salad With Pecans and Raisins

    Apple salad with pecan

    The Spruce 

    This quick and easy apple salad is similar to a Waldorf salad but without the heavy cream. You can even swap half of the mayonnaise for plain yogurt to make it lighter. Serve with poached chicken atop lettuce leaves for a nice lunch.

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    Easy Homemade Apple Pancakes

    Easy homemade apple pancakes recipe

    The Spruce / Andrea Livingston

    Grated apple gives homemade pancakes a fruity flavor and keeps them moist. Swap out half or all of the flour for white whole wheat flour to make your breakfast whole grain. Serve apple pancakes with baked apples or apple cider syrup.

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    Moroccan Apple and Banana Milkshake

    Apples and banana milkshake

    The Spruce

    This naturally sweet and creamy drink is somewhere between a milkshake and a smoothie. If you're vegan or lactose-intolerant, swap the milk for a non-dairy option. The apple and banana milkshake is easier to make if you have a workhorse blender that can handle the crunchy fruit and ice.

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    Low-Calorie Baked Apples

    Low Calorie Baked Apples

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    Whole baked apples are an attractive breakfast or dessert and are easy to whip up. A firm, crisp apple is best since it will hold its shape while baking, making for a prettier end result.

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    Cardamom "Apple Pie" Yogurt

    Cardamom "Apple Pie" Yogurt

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Enjoy all of the flavors of apple pie for breakfast while still starting your day on a healthy note. Chopped apple is briefly cooked with spices and a little honey and butter before being served atop Greek yogurt. Apple pie yogurt is a morning treat.

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    Apple Chutney

    Apple chutney

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    Chutney is a fruit-based condiment that can be sweet, savory, or someplace in between. This lightly sweet and spiced apple chutney can be served with everything from French toast to ham.

  • 15 of 19

    Roasted Carrot, Apple, and Celery Soup

    Carrot soup

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    Roasting the veggies and fruit before puréeing gives this vegan soup depth of flavor. The natural sweetness of carrot, apple, and celery come out and blend with the sautéed garlic, onion, and ginger for a tasty soup.

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    Vegan Apple Cobbler with Cloves and Allspice

    Easy vegan cobbler

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    For an easy fruit dessert that's vegan to boot, make a vegan apple cobbler. Featuring warm spices and the right level of sweetness, it won't last long at any gathering.

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  • 17 of 19

    Sweet and Savory Apple, Blue Cheese and Fig Salad

    Apple, Blue Cheese, and Fig Salad

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Raw crunchy apple is the perfect pair for funky blue cheese in this sweet and savory salad. Tender greens and crisp pine nuts fill out the dish, and a flavorful dressing made with fig jam and balsamic vinegar makes this salad special occasion worthy.

  • 18 of 19

    Fat-Free Pumpkin-Apple Angel Bars

    Fat free pumpkin apple angel bars recipe

    The Spruce / Nita West

    Made using just a few shelf-stable ingredients, pumpkin-apple angel bars are as easy as can be. With applesauce and pumpkin purée, they're also fat-free. Take them to a potluck or bake sale to share.

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    Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal

    crockpot apple cinnamon oatmeal

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    Get all of your ingredients together the night before and turn on the slow cooker for a warm, hearty bowl of apple oatmeal the next day. Use steel-cut oats for the most whole-grain goodness, and adjust the sugar to your taste.