Whether you enjoy your apples in sauces, juices, or straight off the branch, autumn is the season to indulge. But apples are more than just a sweet treat; they’re high in fiber and provide an excellent boost to your immune system.
Juicing and baking are two of the most popular ways to enjoy this fall fruit. Apples are a natural choice for whole-food juicing because you get all of the fiber and nutrients of the fruit, with no waste. If you’re planning on making juice or cider, consider combining several varieties, like Gala and Jonathan, for the best flavor.
When baking, choose apples with a good balance of sweet and tart flavors. Also take note of the texture; firm fruit will generally hold its shape better in the oven. Try Fuji apples if you want to maintain texture, while the Rome, Braeburn, Golden Delicious, and Jonagold varieties bake well whole.
Here are some recipes to help you follow that apple-a-day rule:
- Apple Juice: This simple technique delivers maximum nutrition with very little effort. For the best flavor, combine two or more apple varieties.
- Dutch Apple Baby: A fluffy pancake with the warm and juicy flavors of cinnamon apple. Just a touch of vanilla and breakfast is served! Apple Pie Smoothie Fresh apples, yogurt and apple pie spice make this smoothie a low-calorie indulgence. Garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
- Crunchy Apple Salsa: The perfect blend of sweet and spicy, this salsa is delicious with tortilla chips or combined with chicken as a taco filler.
- Cinnapple Syrup: This sweet apple syrup is delicious served warm or cold over vanilla ice cream, pancakes or drizzled atop a slice of apple pie.