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10 Low-cost and Scrumptious Apple Recipes

The list of reasons to eat apples is long. They're healthy (fiber! Vitamin C! Antioxidants!) And tasty – and they're inexpensive.

The average price per pound of Red Delicious apples was $ 1.18 in 2019, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Granny Smiths: $ 1.23 per pound. That's cheap enough to fill your grocery budget while also preparing you for a variety of healthy, affordable apple recipes.

But before we get into the recipes, let's get a few things straight about apples.

How do I choose the best apple?

Apple experts say the best indicator of the quality of an apple is its firmness. If you gently squeeze the apple, you shouldn't feel any yield.

You can keep apples in the refrigerator to make them last longer. However, if you have a damp apple, don't despair. Some of the following recipes will help you make delicious use of these imperfect fruits.

What kind of Apple should I buy?

Well, it depends on whether you want to eat the apple or bake with it.

If you're looking for something to nibble on, try a Gala (my favorite!), Jonagold, or one from this list. The easiest to get for baking are Red Delicious, Pink Lady, or one of them.

All apples should be kept in the refrigerator. You will take longer there.

What should I do with all these apples?

I thought you'd never ask! Here's a round-up of delicious apple recipes on my list for fall

1. Apple muffins

Of course we'll make muffins.

This is the time to break out your less crispy apples. You won't notice the difference once they have been made into muffins. This recipe features a cinnamon topping which makes them over the top.

2. Green apple smoothie

I don't see too many apple smoothies flying around the internet, but green apples are a great addition to your morning smoothie. Their strong, sour taste is great for masking the bitterness of vegetables that you sneak into your drink.

3. Broccoli and apple salad

So many textures go into this crispy, creamy broccoli and apple salad! It's a new take on a salad I used to see on my grandmother's dining table.

The recipe includes Greek yogurt for half the mayonnaise to keep the salad lower in calories.

Photo courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

4. Spiced Bourbon Apple Pie

Nothing says autumn like a freshly baked apple pie.

And this flavored bourbon apple pie is the cutest I've ever seen. The bourbon adds a new twist to the traditional apple pie, but you can leave it out if you'd like.

5. Apple pie biscuits

I have to admit that I'm not a big cake maker. I don't have the patience! So these apple pie cookies are just right for me.

The recipe embraces the clutter of cookies and adds the sweet filling of a cake. Trust me, every Joy the Baker recipe will be delicious.

6. Slow-cooker caramel apple pie dip

This slow cooker apple pie dip is perfect for a Halloween party (or a regular Wednesday night).

Just put the ingredients in a slow cooker for two hours and you get a sticky, sweet apple dip that serves about eight people.

7. Applesauce and fruit mixes

This recipe takes applesauce in a new direction by adding other fruits for color and flavor. The blueberry, strawberry, and peach options all sound delicious, while apples serve as the base.

Can some glasses of this treat in the fall and you will be eating applesauce in the winter.

8. Apple and cinnamon pancakes

These quick pancakes are perfect for a morning on the go, or for breakfast or dinner. Top the classic pancakes with sticky applesauce to create a fall-themed meal.

9. Baked apple chips

You don't need a dehydrator to make these crispy baked apple chips. Whipping up your own apple chips is a great way to save money as these aren't cheap at grocery stores or online.

They're also great as after school snacks, lunch at the office, and a healthy cure for any sweet tooth.

10. Honeycrisp apple salad with candied walnuts

This salad recipe uses the natural tartness of Honeycrisp apples. Candied walnuts add the sweetness and a bit of crunch.

If you can't find Honeycrisp, Granny Smith apples are great in this recipe too.

Lyndsee Simpson is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder.

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