It’s just about boot and sweater weather in the northeast, and since we didn’t have time last year because of our wedding, (I was too busy dealing with seating arrangements and hotel giftbags) we took FULL advantage of apple picking this season. While I made it my apple-picking-mission to find a few of each type of apple from the endless rows of apple trees, the hubby decided to taste-test one from every category. Win-win! While the apple hunting was entertaining, there’s really nothing better than the check-out line at the local apple orchard – there’s always an abundance of hot apple cider, apple cider donuts, and fresh apple…well, anything. After bringing home a whopping 8 pounds of apples, I could only imagine the endless apple recipes I could make!
My go-to fall dessert last year was Skinnytaste’s apple cranberry crumble and this is just one of those recipes that stands the test of time. The tart cranberries combined with sweet apples and crumbly oat topping is always a crowd-pleaser and it’s one of those desserts that the hubby always asks for (and he always has a second helping). I make a few modifications to make the recipe dairy-free and gluten-free like swapping out butter for coconut oil, using coconut palm sugar, and cornstarch instead of flour to thicken up the sauce. Serve it right out of the oven for a warm treat on a cool night.
I also found a fantastic crockpot apple sauce recipe to put the rest of the apples to good use (see pic on top left). We had picked a combination of red delicious, gala and Cortland apples and I used all three variations in the recipe. If you have a lot of apples on hand, make a double batch and freeze the leftovers (if there are any!). This super easy recipe from the Frugal Girls has only a handful of ingredients and will make your house smell amazing! I added a sprinkle of nutmeg which added a warmer, ‘spiced’ flavor to the applesauce, almost like apple butter. Happy apple picking (and apple baking)!
Deliciously light (and easy) fall apple recipes
Apple cranberry crumble:
Filling: I used a combination of red delicious, gala and Cortland apples. Use cornstarch for gluten-free diets and you can substitute the honey or maple syrup with coconut sugar or regular granulated sugar.
Topping: I used cornstarch instead of flour and swapped out the butter for coconut oil. For gluten-free diets, make sure to use gluten-free oats and cornstarch. Note that the crumble bakes for close to an hour, so plan your prep time accordingly! See the complete Skinnytaste recipe here.
Crockpot spiced applesauce:
I used 6 red delicious apples, 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Cook in the crockpot for 4 hours on low. Apples will be chunky but soft, so just press with a fork for a smoother consistency.
See the complete Frugal Girls recipe here.