Nothing says fun in the fall more then apple picking...until the reality sets in that you are the proud owner of about 6 dozen apples! Before you reach for the pie crust, try one of these healthier dishes, to put your apples to use (and keep the doctors away!)


Greek Yogurt Over Baked Apples

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 apple (cut into bite size chunks)
    • ¼ tsp cinnamon
    • cooking spray
    • plain or vanilla non fat greek yogurt
  • Directions:
    • Play apple chunks in microwavable bowel and spray with natural cooking spray (small amount) and toss with cinnamon. Microwave for about 2 min or bake for 15 minutes at 350 until they are soft. Pour over greek yogurt and enjoy!

Apple and Turkey Panini

  • Ingredients
    • 4 apple slices
    • 4 slices reduced sodium turkey or chicken
    • 1 slice swiss cheese
    • whole wheat bread
    • 1-2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Directions:
    • Apple sandwich and press in Panini maker or in pan. Adds a fun crunch and great fall flavor

Apple Cookies

  • Ingredients
    • 1 apple cored and cut into rounds
    • 2 tbsp peanut butter
    • mini chocolate chips
  • Ingredients
    • Spread peanut butter onto one side of apple sounds and then sprinkle on some chocolate chips on each. Great after school snack!

Apple and Honey Mustard Chicken or Tuna Salad

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 can tuna or one chicken breast cut up or shredded
    • 1 apple cut into bit sized chunks
    • 2 tbsp bolthouse farms honey mustard yogurt dressings
    • 1 tbsp no sugar added raisins
    • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • Directions
    • Mix all ingredients together


Apple and Almond Butter Breakfast Wrap

  • Ingredients
    • 1 whole wheat wrap (around 100 cal)
    • 2 tbsp almond butter
    • apple slices
    • drizzle of honey
  • Directions
    • Spread almond butter onto wrap top with apple slices and a drizzle of honey and roll up

Chef Tony's Health(ier)Apple Crisp

5 pounds apples
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup organic sugar
1/8 cup brandy
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons of yellow raisins
2 tablespoons of fine plain bread crumbs

For the topping:
1 1/2 cups almond meal or almond flour (trader joes or bobs red mill)
3/4 cup organic sugar
3/4 cup organic light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup organic oatmeal
1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced. Costco butter no added hormones

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 14 by 2-inch oval baking dish.

Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices,  brandy, bread crumbs, sugar, raisins and spices. Pour into the dish.

To make the topping, combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and cold butter in the bowl.  You can use mixer to incorporate or use a pastry cutter or your hands until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter evenly over the apples.

Place the crisp in a baking pan and bake for 1 hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly.