Are you on the hunt for some mouth-watering recipes to make use of those apples that have been sitting in your fruit bowl for ages?
Luckily for you, we have a wide range of leftover apple recipes that will satiate your hunger, tingle your taste buds and make use of those pesky apples.
Apples are more versatile than you think, with many different potential uses. Here are 28 recipes you could use those apples for!
Apple pie is one of those beautiful fall dishes that makes your mouth water from the minute it comes out of the oven. This apple pie doesn’t just use up all those spare apples, but its caramel drizzle melts in your mouth.
It has a flaky crust that is like heaven incarnate. What more could you ever ask for. The mixture of apple, caramel, and a flaky crust makes this dish one made in heaven itself.
2. Apple Crisp
Apple crisp is something of an old fashioned recipe, it is simple but also delicious.
When it is baked, it leaves your whole home smelling like a bakery, from the moment you put it into the oven, until long after you have taken it out.
It is the perfect fall or winter dish, as it has those fresh apples, but also oatmeal, and some warm spices. It is perfect to devour on a cold winter’s day next to a fire with a cup of warm cocoa.
Our other dishes so far have been quite wintry, or fall focused dishes. However, this apple walnut salad is more of a summer dish.
You can pair it with a balsamic vinaigrette to really give it an extra dose of flavor.
We tend to forget that apples can go in a salad, and can do very well. But, it is best to use fresh gala apples in this, instead of any old apple!
Apple stuffing is perhaps not something you considered. It is speedy and simple to make, and works well on Thanksgiving if you want a change from the usual.
The apples in this will balance it out between sour and sweet, in a perfect blend with all your other ingredients.
The best part is how well it blends in with the turkey. Who said the bird had to be the star of the dinner table?
5. Apple Butter
We know you never thought of this one. Using a slow cooker to make apple butter is the best way to use apples as an addition to your muffins, toast, and much else.
Oh, and there is no actual butter in here on this recipe, just the apples, sugar, spice, and some salt.
This means it is even a viable butter option for vegans! If you’re interested in healthier options, you can also explore some butterless cookie recipes.
6. Fried Apples
Fried apples can be nicer than you think. It is basically the insides of an apple pie, without the rest.
It can be delicious on its own, or with other things such as ice cream, oatmeal, or anything else you can think of. It doesn’t need to be a side dish, or dessert, it can be a whole meal on its own.
We know the name has you confused, but this dish is delicious and crumbly. You might want to get some cream or vanilla ice cream in to pair with this though.
It makes for a warming dessert, and you can impress your guests with it as it is really something quite magical.
Make it for your friends and family, and they will be hooked!
If you have endless apples (which some of us do), then applesauce is the way to go.
Apple sauce is always a great option if you find yourself with a few too many. Baked apples also smell amazing and make your home smell amazing too!
You could rely on the sugar content of the apples, but it depends on how sweet you like your applesauce. So, don’t be afraid to add some in.
Pancakes are pretty heavy as a meal. If you want something lighter, with some extra nutrients, try out these.
The apples will be the leading star of this dish, but realistically, you could swap them out for any other fruit you have on hand.
Of course, apples are a good go to if you have an overabundance of them, or some you need to get rid of. If you fancy, make some apple butter to go with it too!
Apples are not only good for desserts and salads though. Some best apple recipes will be sweet and savory in a mix, such as adding apples and stuffing together to pork chops.
Use some fresh apples to make the stuffing as it makes it fresh, and won’t overpower your pork!
Here is another summer dish. It is fresh, green, and crunchy. You will be mixing in fennel, with apples and celery. Perhaps not a traditional trio, but when you add in walnuts and Parmesan, it really is delicious.
It is the perfect healthy dish to satiate you during those warm summer months!
If you want your kid to eat more fruit and veg, this recipe is just what you are after. It is a kid-favorite, and it can confuse you.
You see, it’s more like a dessert than it is a salad. It has a base of vanilla pudding that you pair up with a Snickers bar, cool whip, and chopped up apples.
You could also add in some marshmallows too!
13. Applesauce Cake
Applesauce cake is something a little different. It is fluffy and moist all at once, thanks to the applesauce.
It leaves a juicy texture and flavor in its wake that cannot be competed with. You will want raisins and walnuts to go with it, but you can also throw in some seeds too!
If you love using a slow cooker this one’s for you. A gooey apple pudding awaits. This is another delicious winter dessert.
Warning! It is addictive though, if you love apples and caramel, you will be hooked! There is no escape once you have tried this!
15. Apple Slaw
Apples go well in slaw, though you may not think so at first, they make a great dish, especially in the summer. It is refreshing even in the most unbearable heat.
Sweet apples, and crunchy cabbage paired together is heaven incarnate. You can top this off on top of your burgers, or even hot dogs, or just have it on its own.
Whatever you choose. It works!
Need another summer option? Salads are great for apples, but this one is the best. You can really make this one your own.
You needn’t stick to pecans, you can switch for your favorite nut instead. The main focus here though, is the apples!
Salads and apples work well together, the freshness of the apples compliments a salad beautifully. You really can’t beat it.
What about this dessert? If you have way too many apples, this recipe is to die for. Slice them up nice and thin, and arrange them into a tarte. It does take some effort, but it is well worth it! It is truly delicious.
It has a richness in the caramel, and once you pair it with a light apple, it balances out perfectly and melts in your mouth.
If you want something a bit ‘naughty’ during the winter months, as a treat to yourself, try out this!
If you are not a dessert person, this list may feel like just a collection of salads to you, but hold up! You can pair them with a main course. Potato latkes with an applesauce is a gorgeous savory way to use your apples.
You can use a homemade applesauce on many things though, not just potato latkes or pork/turkey dinners. You can also pair your homemade applesauce with oatmeal, toast, and many other options too!
Back to the naught apple-based treats! This is one that will most certainly perk up a lot of interest.
If you are a busy person, who loves apple pie but just does not have the time to make one, this is what you need!
This is like the bar version of an apple pie, with some salted caramel added in for good measure!
20. Waldorf Salad
Waldorf salad is a genius invention. You just grab up the apples sitting there and make yourself this dish from heaven.
It is creamy and juicy, more than you may expect from a salad, and it comes with the perfect selection of ingredients.
You even get a nice crisp sweetness from the apples that just brings everything together nicely and makes all the other ingredients combine perfectly!
French apple tarts (see also ‘21 Irresistible French Appetizers‘) are a great dish to bake to bring the whole family together. It is a perfect recipe for a cozy Sunday. It is pretty much just an apple pie with a nice flaky crust and an even creamier filling.
Enjoy warm apples coated in butter and cinnamon. Yum!
If normal oatmeal is beginning to bore the hell out of you, then maybe you need to try this dish.
You can basically get away with having dessert for breakfast with this one! It is still oatmeal, but it is also gooey and uses up those apples too!
What’s more, it leaves you with plenty of energy, so you are ready to face the day. You get one of your five a day, and you get protein from the oats too!
If you have left over apples and some pumpkin from Halloween, this is the ideal way to warm up your fall with a spooky style! (see also ‘28 Fun Halloween Snacks‘)
It is filling, comforting, and gets rid of the pumpkins and apples taking up space. Roasted pumpkin is actually very flavorful, and the apples help! It leaves you with a happy belly.
With a perfect balance of savory, spicy, and sweet, what more could you ask for?
24. Apple Muffins
Muffins are delicious anyway. Not necessarily good for you, but delicious.
However, if you want to do something a little different with your muffins, try these! They are great for a baking focused Sunday.
Get a hold of those leftover apples and add them into your muffins for a snack, breakfast or dessert that is something a little different to usual!
25. Baked Apples
Baked apples are simple and easy, so this one is a classic. Most of us who enjoy sweet treats will have heard of this one before. But, if you haven’t, get ready to have your mind blown!
You can make this in the oven really easy, but if you want speed, try it in the microwave. It only needs 3 ingredients, and only takes 5 minutes to make.
You will adore these tasty baked apples, and since they are so easy to make, it is perfect for the busy bee who needs a tasty treat!
You could easily have these as a dessert, or just as a tasty snack. In fact, if you have the kids all together and are fed up with them gorging on popcorn and chocolate during movie-time, try these as a new snack instead.
It is gluten-free, and sweet, so it hits all the right spots and will leave your sweet tooth very satisfied.
Apple crumble is like apple pie in many ways, but some will prefer crumble to pie. Match this up with a nice helping of cream or cool whip.
Apple crumbles are a classic, with a breadcrumb top, and juicy, sweet apples inside, you can get creative with it.
Add in raisins if you want, make it sweet, sour, use cool whip, cream, or ice cream as a pairing.
28. Apple Pie Bites
Fancy an apple pie, but don’t feel like cooking up a whole thing, or worried it will go to waste? We feel you there! Well, you do not necessarily need to make a whole apple pie to eat in one go. Why not make up apple pie bites?
They make for a good dessert, or even a snack, maybe even a breakfast if you fancy something a little sweet to get you ready and raring to go at the start of the day.
Go wild, these little treats are perfect for your sweet tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Need more info on leftover apple recipes? This is what people are asking, and we have the answers!
Can You Cook With Eating Apples?
Eating apples are easily usable in pies and for other variations of cooking. However, with eating apples you will want to decrease how much sugar you would use, as the amount of sugar in eating apples and cooking apples will vary. So be mindful of this.
Are Mushy Apples Okay To Eat?
If your apples are getting soft, mushy, or show any other signs that they are starting to expire, you want to simply throw them away.
Apples will show they are going bad through their appearance. Once an apple goes bad, you should discard it.
Are Stewed Apples Healthy?
Yes, stewed apples are healthy. All apples are healthy in reasonable doses. They are high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C.
You should be mindful of their sugar content when cooking with them however, as all fruits contain natural sugars.