Everyone’s favorite fall treat: apple recipes.
Pumpkin-flavored everything gets big play in the fall. Don’t get us wrong, we love pumpkin too, but what about some of the season’s less-sung heroes? Apples are packed with vitamin C, filling fiber and are perfectly delicious.
If the crisp fall air has you feeling particularly outdoorsy (and who could blame you?) Virginia has some fabulous apple-picking venues (check them out here), orrr you could just pick up a bunch at MOM’s Organic Market. Either way, we’ve compiled a few of our tried and true apple recipes to get you going. Bonus—these are perfect through the holiday season as well!
Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Looking for a delicious hot breakfast without lifting a finger in the morning? We’ve got you covered.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 6 hours in the slow cooker
- 2.5 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 Apple, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 cups Apple Cider
- 2 cups Milk
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray or use a liner
- Put all ingredients in the slow cooker
- Cook on low for 6 hours
- Have a scrumptious breakfast
Roasted Apple Chicken
My grandmother would have called this “Company Chicken.” It’s the perfect meal to make your house smell amazing and fill your belly with only a handful of ingredients. Serve with rice, mashed potatoes and/or another veggie for a pretty impressive meal.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: About 1 hour 45 mins (general cooking rule: cook the chicken for 20 minutes per pound, plus 15 minutes)
- 1 whole roasting chicken (ours was about 4 pounds)
- 1 onion, cut in quarters
- 3 apples, cut in quarters
- salt (optional)
- olive oil or butter
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Place chicken in roasting pan, breast side up.
- Mix onion and apple in bowl.
- Season with salt and pepper, to your preference
- Place apple-onion mixture inside chicken.
- Rub outside of chicken with olive oil or butter.
- Sprinkle outside of the chicken with salt and pepper, to your preference.
- Place foil tent on top of chicken.
- Cook for 1 hour and then remove foil tent and continue cooking for remaining time.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before carving.
Apple “cookie” snacks
A great after-school snack (for grown-ups too!) that is about as far from microwaved pizza rolls as you can get.
- 1 apple
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter, almond butter or any other kind of nut or nut-alternative butter
- Pecans or your favorite nuts
- Coconut shreds
- Chocolate chips
- Other creative toppings
- Slice the apple into thin rounds (a mandolin makes this a lot easier)
- Spread on your nut butter of choice
- Top with nuts, coconut shreds, chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries or anything else you find delicious