Check out these 30+ Gluten-Free Apple Recipes you can make with real food ingredients that the whole family will love!
I love the fall for the simple reason that’s it’s apple harvest time. We love to go picking for apples in nearby orchards in Julian, California with the most delicious, organic apples. We fill our bags with both red and green apples and enjoy our bounty all month long. It seems like the right time to explore some delicious Gluten Free Apple recipes!
I wanted to dedicate an entire blog post to all the wonderful REAL FOOD (no artificial colors, preservatives or processed food) apple recipes from my favorite bloggers. Here you’ll find everything from snacks and appetizers to main meals and drinks featuring apples.
Types of Apples for Gluten Free Apple Recipes
Apples come in many different flavor varieties, including those that are sweeter than they are tart. A sweeter apple naturally has higher sugars, or Brix, levels. Interestingly, sweet apples can also be acidic, but the sugar in the fruit overpowers tartness, resulting in a sweeter eating experience.
If you think about the apples that you can find frequently at a grocery store, the top sweet apple is Fuji. The sugar levels in a Fuji apple range from 15-18 on average (remember, an apple is mostly made up of water). Other apple varieties that are on the sweet side are: Honeycrisp apples, Ambrosia apples, Gala apples, and Golden Delicious apples, and Red Delicious apples.
Sweet apples are a great standalone snack, and healthy dessert. A sweet apple variety is also great for balancing with salty and savory foods, which is why you’ll often see sweet apples paired with sharp cheeses on appetizer platters.
Using Organic Apples in These Gluten Free Apple Recipes
Conventional apples have been found to harbor potential foodborne pathogens, making them less healthy for the consumer, host plant, and environment than organic apples. Organic apples were host to a significantly greater variety of “good” bacteria such as Lactobacillus, a probiotic with human health benefits.
So buying organic apples will reduce your exposure to potential pesticide residues, since the USDA restricts all chemical pesticides. If you choose conventional, rinse your apples or remove the peel.
30+ Gluten Free Apple Recipes
- Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal by Tasty Yummies
- Pumpkin-Apple Harvest Muffins by The Rising Spoon
- Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Gluten-Free Living
- Apple Cinnamon Paleo Pancakes by Paleo Running Momma
- Apple Cinnamon Scones by Thank Your Body
- Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bar by Real Food Forager
- Apple Cinnamon Waffles by Jessica Gavin
- Paleo Apple Cinnamon Hot Cereal by Paleo Running Momma
Snacks and Appetizers
- Apple Chips by Don’t Mess with Mama
- Caramelized Cinnamon Apple Chips by The Dabblist
- Raw Apple Pie Energy Bites by So Let’s Hangout
- Gluten-Free Apple Haystacks by GF Jules
- Spiced “Fried” Apples by Our Heritage of Health
- 2-Ingredient Applesauce by Don’t Mess with Mama
- 5-Minute Healthy Applesauce by Debra Klein
- Slow Cooker Applesauce by Rubies and Radishes
- Homemade Bacon and Butter Topped Applesauce by Real Food RN
- Apricot Ginger Applesauce by Steph Gaudreau
Breads, Muffins and More
- Apple Spice Bread by Don’t Mess with Mama
- Banana Applesauce Skillet Bread with Apple Chunks & Flaxseed by The Rising Spoon
- 5-Minute Paleo Dump Bread by Whole Lifestyle Nutrition
Main Meals and Sides
- Pork Wings in Apple & Onion Gravy by Meatified
- Ginger Garlic Noodles with Bok Choy, Apples and Tofu by Mark Makes Dinner
- Apple and Sweet Potato Hash by Gutsy by Nature
- Beef, Apple & Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash by The Rising Spoon
- Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake by Steph Gaudreau
- Apple Pie Smoothie by Tasty Yummies
- Green Apple Ginger Martini by Gourmande in the Kitchen
- Apple Cider Made from Peels by And Here We Are
- Apple Pie Pudding by Meatified
- Apple Pie Ice Cream by A Girl Worth Saving
- Apple Crisp Recipe by Wellness and Workouts
- Apple Coconut Pudding by Steph Gaudreau
- Apple Galette by Savory Lotus
- Easy Apple Dumplings by Gluten-Free on a Shoestring
How Long Do Apples Last?
Loose apples will last 6-8 weeks if refrigerated. If they are on the counter, they ripen 10 times faster because the enzymes are much more active at room temperature, so they will keep for a week or two maximum. So bear this mind in stocking up for your Gluten Free Apple Recipes.
Top Tips for These Gluten Free Apple Recipes
- Because apples taste sweet and tart, and because the intensity of sweetness and tartness varies by apple type, a cook can benefit from getting to know the apple varieties. The trick to cooking with them is trying new varieties and mixing and matching their flavors
- If you prefer a tang to your apple, you may want to bake pies with both the sweet Golden Delicious and the more sour Granny Smith, a common pie paring.
- Drying apples removes the moisture from the apple, leaving it with a concentrated flavor. Dried apples make a sweet nutritious gluten free apple treat and are easy to store.
- There are so many things you can do with leftover apple peels. Add them to your compost or toss them into a smoothie for extra fiber. You can even use apple peels to clean aluminum cookware. The acid in the peel removes stains and discoloration from aluminum pots and pans. Fill the pan with water, add the peels, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Use a high-acid apple like Granny Smith or Pink Lady apples for best results.
Check Out These Other Great Gluten Free Recipes
- Gluten Free Fried Fish
- Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes
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- 15 Easy Gluten Free Swaps for Your Favorite Foods
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