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25 Healthy Apple Recipes

Some of the best healthy apple recipes from your favorite food bloggers!

Every year we go apple picking as a family at least once. We are so lucky to live within minutes of one of the prettiest orchards around. Even the drive there is beautiful. It instantly puts me in a good mood. This year, we’ve gone twice already and I’m pretty much thinking we may go every weekend through the fall. The apples are so incredibly good this time of year and with new varieties peaking every weekend, how could we not?

OK. So, it’s not just the apples…

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

I’ve got a thing for hayrides. I feel like a child as soon as I see the tractor making its way down the path. Once we start moving and the wind is in my hair, you couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face if you tried. I think I tell the driver the same thing every time, “I could do this all day!” I’m sure he thinks I’m a bit of a whack-a-doo, but he’s always got a huge smile on his face too (hmmmm…maybe there is something to that hayride after all).

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

When it’s all done, we head back to the car with bags full of apples, apple cider, apple butter and cider donuts. So, with all of those apples, it’s fun to experiment with different recipes. I’ve got some of my favorites, but I’m always looking for more inspiration. Lucky me, I’ve got some of the most talented blogger friends willing to share their recipes with me…and YOU!

So, get out there and enjoy the cool crisp fall. Go on a hayride (or two), pick some apples and come home and bake up something that puts a smile on your face!


Salads and Savory

Shaved Broccoli Salad

Shaved Broccoli Salad with Crisp Apple Slices

Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad from Taste Love & Nourish
Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Quinoa, Apple and Almond Salad with Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette from Savory Simple
Fall Garden Salad with Apples and Walnuts from Healthy Green Kitchen
Pardina Lentil Green Apple and Kale Salad from An Edible Mosaic
Deb’s Kale Salad with Apple Cranberries and Pecans from Cookie and Kate
Apple, Leek and Gruyere Grilled Cheese from Joanne Eats Well With Others


Sweet Things

Baked Cider Donuts

Baked Cider Donuts

Apple Butter Danish Ring with Apple Spice Glaze from Taste Love & Nourish
Nut & Berry Stuffed Baked Apples from Will Cook For Smiles
Raw Caramel Apple Cobbler from Spabetti
Apple Pie Inspired Oatmeal from Cookistry
Gluten-Free Jewish Apple Cake from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Baked Apple Rice Pudding from Ricki Heller
Cardamom Apple-Pearsauce from Snappy Gourmet
Apple Oat Bars from Diethood
Applesauce Nut Bread from Skinny Taste


Smoothies and Snacks

Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways

Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways

Green Smoothie from Taste Love & Nourish
Baked Apple and Banana Chips from Taste Love & Nourish
Maple Apple Crunchy Superfood Granola from Taste Love & Nourish
Slow Cooker Applesauce from Poet in the Pantry
Apple Spice Hummus from Recipe Girl
Fresh Apple Salsa from Cooking Light


25 Healthy Apple Recipes

Apple Butter Danish Ring with Apple Spice Glaze

Apple Butter Danish Ring
Apple Butter Danish Ring with Apple Spice Glaze

My Mom knows all about my love affair with danish. Not just any danish, but those rings of delicate and eggy pastry that are filled with cinnamon goodness and studded with buttery walnuts all topped with a sweet glaze. Sigh.

Every single time I go visit her, she says,
“Guess what I bought for you?”
“How did you know?”

I love her dearly.

I’ve always thought that if I ever made my own danish, I’d use my recipe for Armenian Easter Bread (Choereg) as inspiration. It has that texture that I love. For the filling, I’ve used apple butter. It adds so much to this danish. It’s sweet with a hint of cinnamon and gives the danish a moist center. I’m so happy with the results. I think you are going to love this!


Apple Butter Danish Ring


Apple Butter Danish Ring with Apple Spice Glaze

1 C. non fat milk, warmed in a microwave for 1 minute and a half
1 pkg. yeast or 2 1/4 t. loose yeast
1/3 C. + 1 T. sugar
3 1/2 C. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 C. butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 C. apple butter
1/4 C. golden raisins
1/2 C. chopped walnuts (plus a bit extra to sprinkle over top)

Apple Spice Glaze
1 C. confectioners sugar
1 t. cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 T. apple butter
3 t. milk

In a medium bowl, combine the warm milk with the yeast and 1 T. of the sugar. Allow to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Set aside.

Add the melted butter and eggs to the milk mixture. Stir to combine.Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and using a sturdy wooden spoon or spatula, fold in until combined and no bits of flour remain. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to sit for one hour.

On a heavily floured surface, turn the dough out and sprinkle the top with a bit of flour to keep your hands from sticking. Knead until smooth and roll out into either one large rectangle, about 10×20, or two smaller ones (see Notes below). Spread the apple butter over the top, then sprinkle on the raisins and walnuts. Begin rolling up from the long side into a log. Carefully (it’s tricky!) move the log onto a well greased pizza pan, seam side down. Bring the ends together to form a ring and pinch them together. Using a sharp knife, cut into the ring, leaving a few inches of the center intact. Continue cutting all around the ring every one or two inches. Separate each slice a bit and turn up each section slightly.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees while you allow the danish to rise for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Place the pan in the center rack of your oven and bake for 25 minutes.Remove and allow to cool completely on the pan while you prepare the glaze.

In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients and whisk until smooth. Once the danish has cooled, drizzle over the top.


  • Unless you are entertaining a large crowd, divide the dough in two and make two danishes. The whole recipe makes a giant one! If you make two, you can wrap one up without the glaze and freeze it for a month or two. You can actually freeze half of the glaze as well in a zipper bag.
  • This recipe is not one of my “healthy” recipes, I know, but sometimes…you need a treat! ;)


Apple Butter Danish Ring



Apple Butter Danish


OK, so I spilled the beans and told you all about my guilty pleasure…tell me yours! Leave a comment below and I’ll choose one of those foods and create a recipe just for YOU!