Use Up Extra Apples With These Easy Recipes

Sunrise Senior Living  |  October 8, 2014

Don't let your extra apples to go waste this fall. Whether you bought too many at the store or have an excess after apple-picking, there are a couple easy ways to use up your extra produce. These simple recipes are healthy and delicious and make great snacks for holiday gatherings.

Apple chips
Many people think you need a dehydrator to make fruit chips, but you can also do it in the oven. However, the recipe takes a few hours, so set aside an afternoon to make these healthy apple chips. This version uses two apples, but you can easily use more if you want to share with friends in your retirement community.

Ingredients

  • 2 apples (sweet varieties like Fuji, Macintosh or Golden Delicious work best)
  • Cinnamon and sugar to taste

Directions
Preheat your oven to the lowest setting, usually 225 degrees. While the oven is warming, core the apples and cut into thin slices. Place the apple slices on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. They can be close together, but don't overlap the edges. Sprinkle on as much cinnamon and sugar as you'd like. Bake the apples for one hour, then remove from oven and flip the slices over. You can now sprinkle the other side with cinnamon and sugar if you desire. Put the trays back in the oven and bake for another hour. Turn the oven off, but leave the trays inside. Allow your chips to cool completely inside the oven. Within an hour or two, your apple slices will be crispy and ready to enjoy!

Slow cooker applesauce
It couldn't be easier to make applesauce with leftover produce. With the help of a slow cooker, you can have healthy homemade applesauce in just a few hours, and the best part is that there's no added sugar.

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 lbs. apples, cored, sliced and peeled
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg and cloves to taste

Directions
Place your sliced apples and the water in a slow cooker. Sprinkle the spices over the top. Stir together, then replace the cover and set the appliance on low. Cook for five to six hours, until the apples are soft. If you want a chunkier sauce, puree the mixture with a whisk. For a smooth applesauce, place the apples in a blender. Store your homemade applesauce in the refrigerator for up to a week.