10 Fun Ways With Apples!

Fall is the season for fresh apples. Apples are good for you! Research tells us that apples really do promote good health. They contain numerous essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and lots of fibre! Here are some fun recipes to get your kids to eat more apples!

Apple Yogurt Dip
Combine 1/2 cup plain yogurt with 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract. Cut 1 medium apple into slices. Dip into mixture.

Baked Apples
Mix together 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins, 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Core 4 apples and place in a baking dish. Spoon the mixture into the 4 apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until apples are tender. Top with ice cream, yogurt, or whipped cream.

Apple Milkshake
Combine 1 cup of apple juice or apple cider with 1 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of yogurt with 5 ice cubes in a blender. Blend on high about 15 seconds. Pour into 2 tall milkshake glasses and garnish with an apple slice.

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich
Core an apple all the way through to the blossom end. Slice apple crosswise into 1/4 inch rings. Spread apple ring with peanut butter and top with another ring to make a sandwich.

Apple Juice Jello
Soften 1 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin in water in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat. Add a 6 oz can of frozen apple juice concentrate and mix well. Pour into a 9" x 5" loaf pan, lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate. Chill until set, about 2 to 3 hours. Cut into one inch cubes and serve as a snack.

Healthy Applesauce
Peel, core, and slice several apples. In blender, place 1/4 cup water or apple juice and add apples one at a time. Blend until smooth. Pour into saucepan and cook on low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Add cinnamon and honey or light corn syrup to taste. Add a dash of lemon to prevent darkening.

Easy Caramel Apples
Remove the stem from 6 apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet. Use a 14 oz package of caramels; unwrap and place caramels along with 2 tablespoons milk in a microwave safe bowl and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly. Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set.

Apple Ring Snacks
Peel an apple and remove the core. Slice into rings. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Dry in an electric oven at low or warm temperatures in an oven. Drying takes 6 to 9 hours. The size of the apple slices and your oven temperature are the variables you will have to experiment with. The apples do not need to be dried to a crisp. Store in an airtight container. These should last several weeks at room temperature.

Fried Apples
Cut 4 large apples into 1/4 inch slices. Heat 3 tbsp. butter in a large skillet. Put the apples, 1/3 cup brown sugar, and pinch of cinnamon in the skillet and cover. Over medium-low heat, cook apple slices 7 to 10 minutes or until they begin to soften and the syrup thickens. Top with excess syrup.

Apple Butter
Use 10 crisp apples, such as Spartans, Macs or Granny Smiths. Core and cut into quarters. Mix in a large saucepan with 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of apple juice, 1/4 tsp each of nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and cardamom, along with 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Cook over medium-high heat until apples break down and become soft. Reduce until 80% of the liquid has evaporated and the sauce is thick and dark brown. Puree with a blender or in a food processor. Spread on toast!

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