Best Type of Apples To Use in Recipes

Do you know the best type of apples to use in recipes?

While I know many will be apple picking this season, a variety of apples are better for various culinary uses. Learn about the best type of apples to use in recipes.

Stumped on what apple to use for your recipes? It’s not just apples to apples. Different apples contain different tastes, culinary uses, and may even ripen at different times during the season. Here are some apple varieties that are commonly found while apple picking:

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Taste: rich, tart, spicy, crisp
Best for: baking, hand-eating
Ripens: late October


Taste: crisp, juicy, sweetly tart
Best for: baking, hand-eating, salads
Ripens: mid-September


Taste: crisp, juicy, sweet, spicy
Best for: fruit cups, hand-eating, salads
Ripens: September


Taste: super sweet, crisp
Best for: cooking, hand-eating, sauce, pie
Ripens: late October


Taste: firm, sweet, snappy
Best for: sauce, hand-eating, salads
Ripens: late August

Golden Delicious

Taste: mildly sweet, juicy, crisp
Best for: sauce, pie, cooking, hand-eating
Ripens: mid-September

Granny Smith

Taste: tart, crisp, juicy
Best for: cooking, hand-eating, juice
Ripens: late October


Taste: sweet, slightly tart
Best for: salads, baking, juice, hand-eating
Ripens: September

Ida Red

Taste: sweetly tart, firm, juicy
Best for: baking, hand-eating
Ripens: mid-October


Taste: sweetly tart, juicy, spicy
Best for: baking, hand-eating, sauce
Ripens: mid-September


Taste: crisp, juicy, sweetly tart
Best for: cooking, hand-eating, salads
Ripens: September

Red Delicious

Taste: juicy, sweet
Best for: hand-eating, sauce
Ripens: late September

Best Type of Apples To Use in Recipes

A few apple recipes to inspire you!

An Apple a Day {Recipe Round-up}

I know most people (including myself) are all about pumpkin this time of year, but how bout them apples? Amongst the assortment of different varieties of apples, honeycrisp apples are the ones I get the most excited about each year during apple season!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Apples are loaded with vitamin C and fiber, can help satisfy hunger, promotes a healthy heart, and provide a source of antioxidants.

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Who better can I compile a list of apple recipes than from the wonderful attendees I met at the Blog Brûlée.


apple-roonsLemon Apple Cocoroons via Food Confidence

DSC_4879Coconut Apple Pecan Muffins via Nourish RDs

chopped apple saladChopped Apple Salad via Grass Roots Nutrition 

applepiesmoothie1Fresh Apple Pie Smoothie via Spicy RD

Brie-Ham-and-Green-Apple-Panini-5Brie, Ham and Green Apple Panini via All Day I Dream About Food

8644785199_93ce983aabApple Crisp Snack Parfaits via Meal Makeover Moms

Easy-Rustic-Maple-Apple-Pie-FGEasy Rustic Maple Apple Pie via Teaspoon of Spice

Chunky-Applesauce-MMSlow Cooker Chunky Applesauce via Maria Moore Nutrition

DSCF3170Chicken and Apple Curry via Living Well Kitchen

Chocolate-Pecan_Apple_Bars_1Chewy Chocolate-Pecan Apple Bars via Healthy Aperture

Slowcooker-apples-with-cranberries-1024x878Slow Cooker Apple & Cranberry Compote via 30 Seconds with A & J

041_thumb2Apple Walnut Crunch Spelt Muffins via fANNEtastic food

Healthy Apple Pie Breakfast via immaeatthat

fruit-leather-1024x416Apple Fruit Leather via Nutritioulicious

20130221-2002022Apple, Grape Havarti Salad via Down to Earth Dietitian

Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Cookies via Dunaway Dietetics

Apple-and-Peanut-Butter-Smoothie-6148Apple & Peanut Butter Smoothie via Love & Zest

IMG_oatmeal2-682x1024Irish Oatmeal topped with Apples, Cinnamon & Sugar via Cape Fear Nutrition

apple bacon pizza 2Caramel Onions, Bacon & Apple Pizza with Salted Maple Drizzle via Kumquat

DSC07436-1001x1024Apple Pumpkin Smoothie via The Fresh Beet

6a01676279fb3a970b01901bce5866970b-500wiWhole Wheat Cinnamon Apple Cookies via Fresh Food Prospectives

Summer-Salad-w-Orange-Honey-Dressing-025-4blogSummer Salad with Honey Orange Dressing via MJ and Hungryman

sonker2 (1)Sweet Tater & Apple Sonker-Cobbler via Nutrition Adventures

.. Toss a chopped apple in this Endlessly Adaptable Chopped Salad via An Avocado A Day
.. And a decadent healthy dip for your apples

Salted-Caramel-Peanut-Butter-Apple-Dip7Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Apple Dip via The Foodie Dietitian

Or check out who keeps apples as a staple inside their fridge via RobinsBite


It’s safe to say, if you go apple picking and have a bundle of apples you have plenty of new recipes to try!

In Good Health,

Baked Apples

The average American should try and aim for 5 serving of fruits and vegetables per day. I say the more the better! This recipe tastes more like an indulgent dessert, but it’s actually a guilt free treat, plus a full serving of fruit.

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A guilt free sweet treat that can satisfy your sweet tooth and help you stay on track with healthy eating.


Baked Apples

Makes 3 servings



3 apples
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp walnuts, chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Start preparing the apples by slicing the top off. Use a melon baller to scoop out the core.

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2. In a small size bowl, combine the brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts. Fill the cavities of the apples with the mixture.

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3. Bake for 20 minutes, until fork tender.

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(nutrition facts based on calorie count)





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