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…
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).
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 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
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
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
where is the apple orchard located? I love all of these recipes! Must try!!
Thanks so much, Kelly! This orchard is in Solebury, Pennsylvania. It’s really a beautiful place, isn’t it?
Recipes sound yummie willing to try some on my / friends
I’m so glad Ruth! Let me know if you end up making one! Thanks for stopping in! :)
Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
This post is EXACTLY what I needed! My family (even grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles …) when on a mega apple-picking expedition last weekend! I’ve been busy testing new apple recipes, but my counters and fridge are still overflowing with apples (no … seriously … they’re EVERYWHERE!) Thanks for the delicious help!
How fun to go with a big group! Sounds like a great day! You probably do have loads of apples…I think you’ll find lots of inspiration here!
I always look forward to fall apples – these all look and sound fantastic! Thanks so much for including my apple cake recipe.
Thanks so much Jeanette! Your apple cake is beautiful! Looking forward to trying it!
Love your apple collection! Nice images. Clean blog!
Pinned! Thank you for all that you do!
Kristin, I’m super flattered by your sweet comment! I love your site so much! So happy to have found you! Thanks so much for pinning!
lori @ thehealthminded.com
Great assortment here! So amazed by all the wonderful cooks out there and will have to hit the links. LOVED the collage – no wonder you want to go every weekend. Lucky you. Can’t wait to try your broccoli salad, Caroline. It looks like a powerfully healthy combo!
Thanks so much for including my grilled cheese in your roundup chica!! this is one delicious list of recipes that I need to make this fall!
Faith (An Edible Mosaic)
Love this post, Caroline! Every year my family goes apple picking together too…it’s one of our favorite fall traditions. What a lovely roundup, there are so many delicious things….I am dying to make your gorgeous cider donuts! Thank you so much for including me! xo
So many wonderful apple recipes! Thanks so much for including my Baked Apple Rice Pudding in the lineup. Now I’m off to check out all the others! :)
Oh, thank YOU Ricki! I was so excited when I saw your rice pudding! I LOVE rice pudding, but have never tried it with apple before. Such a great idea! I am really looking forward to making it!