You know what they say about apples… one a day keeps the doctor far, far away. Sure, the health benefits are all that and a bag of (apple) chips, but the best thing about them is that they’re so versatile. You can use apples in everything from savory recipes like burgers (yep!) to a trendy apple-cinnamon galette and just about everything in between. And because there are so many different varieties, you’re sure to find one that suits your every need. Whether you’re pairing a tart Granny Smith with creamy blue cheese or using a few Honeycrisps to make fresh donuts, there’s an apple out there for you. Since you’re ready to step out side of your apple pie box, check out these 20 creative apple recipes that will have you wondering why you haven’t made one of these before.

sweet potato apple latkes

1. Sweet Potato and Apple Latkes With Tahini Lemon Drizzle: One of the best ways to spice up your weeknight meals is to incorporate apples into your usual side dishes. This sweet potato and apple version of latkes has a subtle sweetness that goes perfectly with the tangy tahini drizzle. (via Spice and Sprout)

Spiralized apple breakfast bowl

2. Cinnamon Apple Noodle Breakfast Bowl: For most, the easiest way to get in your apple a day is through breakfast. Dust off that spiralizer to make this hearty breakfast bowl with apple noodles and you’re setting yourself up for a successful day. (via Athletic Avocado)


3. Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Macarons: You wouldn’t know by looking at these macarons that they are full of concentrated apple flavor. Don’t be intimidated by the macaron making process — they are way easier to make than you would think! (via The Blonde Buckeye)

Roasted Apple Bread

4. Roasted Apple Bread: This artisan bread is crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside and studded with cinnamon apples. Just be prepared for it to be gobbled up as soon as it comes out of the oven. Smear with a layer of apple butter for an extra apple element. (via The Kitchen Prep)


5. Funfetti Apple Fritters: If you need to sneak some fruits or vegetables into your kid’s diet, just call it Funfetti and they’ll never know the difference (Funfetti spinach, anyone?). They can’t resist anything covered in sprinkles and these apple fritters are no exception. (via Studio DIY)


6. Apple Pie Panini: Dessert in sandwich form is the best kind of dessert there is, especially when there is a scoop of ice cream involved. Cinnamon raisin bread, Granny Smith apples and creamy honeyed mascarpone work perfectly together to form this sweet Panini. (via Just a Taste)


7. Apple and Goat Cheese Cake: This dense and moist apple cake is spiced with cardamom and filled with fresh chopped apples. The tangy goat cheese frosting is perfectly balanced by the sweet cinnamon caramel poured over the top. Kitchen goddess status achieved! (via The Cake Blog)


8. Smoky Apple Sage Chickpea Veggie Burgers: Shredded apple is the standout flavor of these hearty veggie burgers. Make sure to use a sweet variety of apple, like Gala, to compliment the smokiness in the burgers and your meatless Monday will never be the same. (via Connoisseurus Veg)


9. Apple Brandy Allspice Fizz: Apple brandy is a spirit made entirely of apples, so the intense apple flavor in this cocktail is so real. Allspice syrup gives it a spicy bite, while club soda and egg white lend a sparkling frothiness that is ultra refreshing. (via Sugar and Cloth)


10. Quinoa Apple Cheddar Soup: You can never have too many comforting cheesy soups in your repertoire. The classic combination of apple and cheddar come together to create this perfectly creamy combo that is the edible equivalent of a warm blanket. (via Wendy Polisi)


11. Arugula, Goats Cheese and Apple Flatbread: Four simple ingredients can take a store-bought flatbread from nothing to something delicious in no time. This flatbread is peppery, tangy and sweet with creaminess + crunch to boot. Perfect for lunch with pals, paired with a glass of white wine. (via A Saucy Kitchen)


12. Apple Gouda Hand Pies: Apple is definitely the star of these hand pies, but gouda deserves an honorable mention. Shredded and mixed into the crust and thinly sliced for the filling, gouda is the perfect cheese pairing for these portable treats. Try choosing a tart apple like Granny Smith, since you’re adding sweetness from brown sugar in the filling. (via Live Eat Learn)


13. Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls: There are two dishes that almost everyone loves: apple pie and cinnamon rolls. Next time you need a dish to bring to a brunch party, this mash-up of the two should be your go-to. Just be prepared for them to disappear FAST. (via Unicorns in the Kitchen)


14. Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs: Thankfully, we don’t have to wait until November to consume all of the flavors of Thanksgiving. The addition of shredded apples help keep the turkey incredibly moist and the applesauce adds a needed sweetness to the cranberry sauce. These meatballs are perfect as an appetizer (or entrée) and can be made in just 30 minutes. (via Well Plated)


15. Chorizo Apple and Rice Salad: You need this salad in your life for those chilly winter days that you want a salad, but you need something slightly more filling. It would be great as a fresh and healthy lunch or a show-stopping side dish with dinner. Spicy chorizo and apple work so well together, you’ll want to shout it from the rooftops. (via Healthy Nibbles and Bits)


16. Almond Butter Apple Nachos: When you have a hankering for something sweet but a plain apple just won’t do, these apple nachos will be there to ease your sweet tooth. Since they’re topped with a cranberry yogurt drizzle and nuts, it’s also the perfect post-workout snack. (via Daily Burn)

Apple Tart

17. Apple Tarts With Rosemary Lime Sugar: Apple tarts are nothing out of the ordinary, but what makes this one unique is the rosemary and lime-infused sugar that is sprinkled on top. When it’s paired with tart Granny Smith apples and puff pastry dough, the result is simply magnificent. (via Nerds with Knives)


18. Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta: Equal parts sweet and savory, this bruschetta is one that will wow your guests when you serve it at your next dinner party. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze for that extra special touch. (via Whitney Bond)


19. Apple Fries With Cheesecake Dip: You’ve always wanted to be able to eat fries for dessert, so now’s your chance! Imagine dipping your favorite apple pie into a vat of creamy caramel cheesecake and this is what you get. Scooping heaven. (via Brit + Co)

apple bacon quesadillas

20. Honeycrisp Apple Quesadillas With Bacon and Cheddar: For those days when you really can’t muster the energy for cooking dinner, but takeout (again) just isn’t an option, you need something quick and minimal to feed your hunger. These quesadillas are made in no time and will satisfy that need and then some. (via Home and Plate)

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