Ok, I have to level with you; I’m totally OBSESSED with apples! Growing up in Kelowna where we grow the world’d best apples (very biased over here), eating fresh local apples straight off the tree in the fall was one of my fondest childhood memories. I’m rounding up all of my best-ever apple recipes below to inspire you to roll up your sleeves in the kitchen this weekend!
The Okanagan is such an inspiring place to live for a foodie. The vineyards have turned the most beautiful golden colour and the trees are heavy with crisp ripe apples at this time of year. As always, we try and use what’s in season and local wherever we can. Not only is it better on the environment, it also supports our local economy AND I know exactly where our food is coming from.
We planted an apple tree in our backyard last year and it was so fun for the boys to see our apples grow this year. If you’re in the Okanagan or a climate where you can grow one I highly recommend it! With an apple tree comes apples, so here are my best-ever apple recipes for fall.
My Best-Ever Apple Recipes
This apple-heavy and not-too-sweet no-fail version of apple crisp also happens to be gluten free and vegan-izable. Perfect for those fall cozy days when the apple buckets are over-flowing!
Easier than you’d think, this apple cider is the perfect fall drink. It’s like a hug in a mug!
This fruit-heavy cake shows off the best of the Okanagan and is so moist. Packed with walnuts and raisins, it’s a fall comfort staple. Pour a cup of tea and invite a friend (or a few!) over!
This recipe leverages fresh apples and apple sauce (preferably homemade, see below for my recipe) and can be made school lunch friendly by omitting the nuts. They freeze super well for a quick snack!
If you have any zucchini frozen from summer (or from a recent grocery store haul), pull it out for this loaf! You can also make it into muffins, making the perfect afternoon snack.
Nut free, these are the best to pack in the kids lunches! Free from common allergens I feel good about giving them to my kids and their friends. They are made in a simple step in the food processor too.
Perhaps the easiest way to use up buckets of apples, this apple sauce is perfectly spiced and can be made chunky or smooth… it’s up to. you! You can make a large batch and freeze it for later months as well.
Weekends are my favourite to spend a little extra time in the kitchen on breakfast. We don’t often get slow mornings but when we do, this is such a nice option. My sweet friend Patricia Chuey (Registered Dietitian – she is amazing!) created this delicious recipe for the blog.
I’ve been making my own granola for years now! It’s so simple! All you need to do is mix your ingredients in a bowl and pop it in the oven, need I say more? This version is sure to be a favourite in your home and makes a perfect little hostess gift. Try making an apple crisp parfait with layers of yogurt, this granola and homemade applesauce!
This is Charlie’s FAVOURITE oatmeal. Whenever he requests it for breakfast, I know I feel good about feeding it to him! He even asks to take it in his lunch;)
A perfect recipe for Sunday mornings, this French Toast bake is loaded with yummy ingredients.
When you’re in need of a treat, look no further than these delicious bars. Loaded with apples and topped with a yummy pecan oat crumble, they won’t last long!
It is no secret that we love pancakes in our house, and these Apple Ring Pancakes? Comfort food at its finest. Slices of apple coated in pancake batter with a hint of cinnamon, yes please!
A labour of love, there is nothing like homemade pizza. The kids jump at the chance to make their own. These Apple, Cheddar & Thyme Pizzas are just too cute not to make – especially when you make them in a heart shape.
Sheet pan dinners are the best – one step to a delicious wholesome meal. Not only does it make for a perfect cozy dinner, there are usually leftovers for lunches the next day!
We are big BIG fans of tacos in this house. These Fish Tacos with Apple Cilantro Slaw are fresh, light and healthy!
Just stunning to look at, this Confetti Kale Salad is a showstopper on a table. Packed with vitamins, THIS is fall in a bowl!
Channel your inner Martha Stewart with these stunning bakery-worthy Apple Thyme Focaccia… and I promise they aren’t as hard to make as you would think!