6 Fall-Perfect Apple Recipes That Are (Mostly) Diet-Friendly

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Apple picking is one of the best fall traditions. You get to spend a cool, sunny day riding a tractor to the orchard, loading bags with fresh apples plucked right from the tree. Hot apple cider may or may not have something to do with it, too.

It's easy to walk away with more apples than you planned, so I put together a list of healthy fall recipes that will have you hitting the bottom of the apple barrel before you know it.

Sweet Spread



If you've ever gotten "real" homemade apple butter from a friend or the local farmers' market, then you know how delicious this sweet spread can be. And something so delicious has to be complicated to make yourself, right? Wrong. This super simple recipe is made in a crockpot, so besides a stir here and a quick check there, there's not much more to it.

Fruity Sips

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Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This is the perfect seasonal cocktail. Chopped apple, orange and pomegranate soak in an apple cider sangria; cinnamon sticks and honey add a nice fall twist on a classic drink. Place a pitcher on the table at your next festive party—guests are sure to gulp it down.

Low-Cal Treat

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Amy's Healthy Baking

You'll never have to suffer through bland, low-calorie snack packs ever again. These perfectly chewy cookies taste like a slice of apple pie but cost you just 97 calories each! Loaded with filling oats and diced apple, they're the appropriate amount of chunky to let you know you're eating something good for you. (That's not based on science, unfortunately.)

5-Minute Sweet

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Pinch of Yum

So, you're craving the toasty, warm taste of apple crisp but have none of the time to make it. Solution: This 5-minute recipe that's perfect for satisfying a sudden craving. The amazing part about these single-serving crisps is that you don't need an oven to make them!

Fall Ruffage

Creme de la Crumb

Creme de la Crumb

Yes, I said s- a-l - a-d . No, main-dish salads are NOT just for summer. Favorite fall ingredients, such as walnuts, dried cranberries and of course, apples, make it into the bowl with greens and goat cheese, too. The dressing used here features apple juice and apple cider vinegar for a double dose of appley goodness.

Apple + Spices

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Cookie + Kate

It wouldn't be an apple recipe roundup without busting out a muffin tin. These hearty bites are made more interesting with spices like cardamom and ginger, but fill your home with the familiar aroma of apples and sweetness baking in the oven. Have one for dessert tonight and breakfast tomorrow. Maybe with a swipe of homemade apple butter?


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