We’ve all been there; slowly scrolling through the Pinterest feed, mouth watering as you search for the perfect recipe. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. Anyone with some nice dishes and an iPhone can take striking food pictures and write a blog post– but how do we know if the recipe is actually good? I don’t really trust the reviews, they’ve lead me astray too many times. Pinterest roulette is a real thing. When you win, you win big. I love finding a new recipe that makes its way into the regular rotation, or a tip that saves me time and money.
Once you’ve picked your apples or stocked up at the orchard, look no further than Little Lake County for your apple recipe inspiration. Our writers are sharing their favorite apple recipes and tips to save you from striking out at the Pinterest roulette game.
Heather’s recipe for Apple Harvest Salad is a staple in my house. It’s great for a side or main dish, and it’s a crowd-pleaser. Heather calls for hazelnuts in her recipe, but I love the combo of apples and walnuts, so I use those instead.
Holly’s Apple Peanut Butter Cheescake Dip
Don’t tell the kids it’s healthy! There are many recipes for similar peanut butter yogurt dips floating around Pinterest, but most are not all that good for you. They call for vanilla yogurt high in sugar and additives, or sweetened peanut butter. The dish I make is so simple I hesitate to even call it a recipe. Take equal parts natural, unsweetened peanut butter and plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt (full fat or non-fat) and mix well. Add cinnamon and stevia (you can try honey or maple syrup) to taste, serve with granny smith apples. This dip is a staple in my house. It’s a post-workout snack for me and an after-school snack for the kids.
Krystal shared a recipe handed down from her great-grandmother for Apple Cherry Cobbler that will bring you right back to your Grandma’s kitchen.
This is another not-really-a-recipe recipe (are you getting a sense of how I cook?).
Granny Smith Apples
Caramel Sundae Sauce
Mini Chocolate Chips
Roasted, Salted Peanuts
Cut apples into thin wedges, arrange on plate.
Chop up peanuts.
Drizzle caramel sundae sauce on apples, not too much!
Sprinkle the desired amount of mini chocolate chips and chopped peanuts on top and enjoy!
Other topping ideas:
Hot fudge, peanut butter sauce, butterscotch, or chocolate syrup.
Mini M&M’s, pecans, almonds, blueberries, strawberries, pretzels, sprinkles, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, butterscotch chips, raisins, Craisins, or white chocolate chips.
Hyacynth’s Baked Apple-Pie Oatmeal is perfect for cool autumn mornings when you just can’t crawl out of your warm bed. This slow-cooker recipe is a delicious and healthy way to start your day that can easily be adapted in your kitchen.
Cheryl buys her family’s favorite apple pancakes from Walker Bros. Original Pancake House and freezes them to enjoy at home.
Valerie loves this simple recipe for The Pioneer Woman’s Apple Pecan Mini Pies. You can always count on the Pioneer Woman’s recipes to be delicious (maybe not healthy or easy, but always delicious).
Let us know what you think of our favorite recipes, and share some of yours in the comment section! Where will you be picking up your local harvested apples this fall? Check out Melissa’s list of local orchards.