Easy apple recipes (to me) are a must for elderly nutrition. Since the apple is available in stores all year round, that’s the really easy part.
We know apples are full of vitamins, cholesterol-fighting pectin, and flavanoid antioxidants, and lots of excellent fiber. Their natural fruit sugar (fructose) is easy for our bodies to assimilate, and great for our blood sugar levels. So they’re perfect for healthy desserts.
Keep in mind that since commercial types of apples are heavily sprayed, it’s important to wash them well, particularly with a special spray fruit and vegetable cleaner. Most ideally, of course, is to get good organic apples.
All of the above are great reasons why apples can be great for those dealing with elderly issues affecting health. So we’ve assembled a page here of easy apple recipes and also quick links to the other apple recipes throughout our site.
Microwaved Baked Apples
Easy apple recipes do not really need to be sweetened. The cinnamon lends a bit of sweet taste. If you like sweet but can’t use sugar or any sweetener, try a little Splenda; or stevia products (natural sweetener from the stevia plant) which you can find now at most stores.
2 whole apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup of raisins (optional)
¼ cup chopped pecans (optional)
A little granola to sprinkle on top (optional)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar (optional; if you can eat it); or sweetener – or –
¼ cup maple syrup or honey
Small dab of butter (about 2 teaspoons)
First mix together the cinnamon and nutmeg separately in a bowl.
If you’re using raisins, pecans and sweetener, toss them in and mix.
Wash and core out the apples, forming a small opening.
Place the apples in a microwavable pan or deep dish.
Fill each apple with your mixture. If you are not using raisins and pecans, then just sprinkle in the spices, and drizzle or sprinkle your sweetener.
Lastly, add a dab of butter to the top.
Put a microwavable cover over the apples. Bake for about 4 minutes.
You can top with granola either before or after baking.
Traditionally Baked Apples
Prepare everything the same as above. Put the apples in a shallow baking pan with a little water on the bottom. I loosely cover the pan with foil, with one corner opened. Bake at 350F degrees for about 30 minutes until tender. Adjust the baking time according to your oven and location.
Basic Sliced Apples – Microwaved
Many easy apple recipes involve sliced apples, some of which we will mention below. But first, here’s the basic way to prepare sliced apples.
4 large apples — wash, peeled and sliced
1 to 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (depending on how tart you like them)
½ cup honey or maple syrup or sweetener
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Several dabs of butter
In a bowl, the lemon juice over the sliced apples,
Then the honey, syrup, or Splenda, and toss.
Then sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg and mix again.
Spread the apple slices out in a microwavable baking pan.
Top with a few dabs of butter.
Cook on High heat for about 10 minutes, then check to see if done.
Cook another minute or two if needed, until you can pierce them with a fork.
Ready to serve!
Apple Crisp Ice Cream Sundae
This is a version of the above easy apple recipes, using the sliced apples for a delicious ice cream sundae. There are all sorts of things you can add to them too – whatever your imagination likes!
Vanilla ice cream. Baked sliced apples, as explained above.
Butterscotch, caramel or chocolate topping
1 cup granola
Just spoon the baked sliced apples (I think warm is best!) over the ice cream.
You can also add in berries if you’d like. Top with your topping, and then a sprinkle of granola.
This is one of the easy apple recipes based on the English scone, thanks to a friend of mine. (And of course you could substitute other fruits instead). Here is her recipe:
Mix in a large bowl:
4 c flour
4 tbsp sugar or sweetener
6 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Add ½ cup of hardened butter or margarine. Blend in with a pastry blender. Add 1 ½ cups of chopped apples. In a 2 cup measuring cup, break 2 eggs and add enough Half ‘n Half to make 1 ½ cups. Add 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract. Stir with a fork and add to dry ingredients. Mix lightly with your hands. Do not over-mix. Form into 12 balls on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten to about 1 inch thick.
Bake 450 degrees, for 12 to 15 min, till brown. (Optional: Before baking, sprinkle with raw sugar crystals). These scones freeze well — thaw & reheat 3 minutes at 350F degrees.
Moist Applesauce Muffins
Muffins can be used for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert (especially when served with a little ice cream). So this muffin is one of our very flexible easy apple recipes.1 cup applesauce
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
2 teapsoons of oil
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Beat egg, oil, and applesauce together. Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat well. Put into either non-stick muffin pans, or use paper muffin cups. Bake at 375 F degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Anything using apples is always a super healthy dessert idea.
Links to More Easy Apple Recipes
Sweet-Tart Apple Muffin Recipe — Our sweet and tart apple muffin recipe is all natural with ingredients guaranteed to make this a very healthy dessert option. Or serve them for breakfast or brunch. Learn the how to make them. See Sweet-Tart Apple Muffin Recipe.
Easy Apple Crisp – That Melts In Your Mouth — This scrumptious easy apple crisp is an old family recipe, and the topping is the secret and simply awesome – melts in your mouth! The ingredients are nutritious too, so this makes a yummy healthy dessert. See Easy Apple Crisp.
Strawberry Apple Fruit Kabob — This towering strawberry, apple and fruit kabob is both a craft and a food project! Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties. See Fruit Kabob.
Natural, Easy Apple Pie Recipe — This easy apple pie recipe (and I mean easy) can be as natural as you want it. It’s almost a no-brainer. I know. I’ve used it for years and got rave reactions. See Easy Apple Pie Recipe.
Creative and Simple Fruit Salad Characters — Simple fruit salad characters are fun to make for all ages, and ours include many unique whimsical ideas — they’re like making a craft with food! Including with apples. These are great for parties, occasions, and to do with kids as well. See Creative and Simple Fruit Salad Characters.
Homemade Apple Ice Cream — Nowadays how to make ice cream is very easy, because there are excellent electric automatic ice cream makers out there. You put in little or no effort – no salt or ice needed. The work is done by electricity and a special freezer bowl. This makes a great activity. We have some excellent recipes and instructions here. See How To Make Ice Cream.
Apple Strawberry Bowl — A great way to serve fresh fruit of any kind, in a hollowed out apple bowl. Make them simple or fancy. See the recipe in Fresh Strawberry Desserts.
Minnesota Applesauce Bread — This is a great dessert type bread that is delicious for brunch or breakfast too! Submitted by one of our readers. See Minnesota Applesauce Bread.
Scrumptious Low Fat Applesauce Brownies — These apple sauce brownies are absolutely delicious and low in fat – you’d never be able to tell! No butter or oil involved! Plus, the apples make them very healthy. One of the easy apple recipes submitted by a reader. (You can opt not to frost them, which makes them healthier of course). See Apple Sauce Brownies.
Crispy Mini Apple Tarts — This crispy apple tart recipe is outrageously delicious and perfect for parties or dessert time. And it’s got really healthy ingredients, so little guilt! Read all about it at Crispy Mini Apple Tart Recipe
Besides these easy apple recipes, also be sure to check our many apple crafts — Really Easy Apple Craft Ideas.
Also check out Easy Crafts and Gifts You Can Make – Our book has lots more easy yet quality craft ideas (some made with apples!) for many seasons, reasons, ages and ability levels; plus an extra free book of templates you can use for a variety of projects.