Kid-Friendly Apple Ideas: 4 Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

Baked apple chips with cinnamon sugar

When the weather turns crisp, there's nothing like cooking with fresh apples. Full of fiber and flavor, what once seemed like an old wive's tale turns out to be quite true: an apple a day, or at least every so often, can help prevent everything from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, to cancer and diabetes. Not bad for fall's most portable fruit.

On a personal note, our family of five includes three kids under four which means we're constantly walking that tightrope between teaching healthy eating habits and avoiding tears at the table. Through trial and error, hits and misses and all of it documented on, we've come up with a few winners along the way. With my crew and yours in mind, here are a handful of family favorites for various meals in the day, each featuring the sweetest, crispiest flavors of the season.

4 Family Favorites Featuring Apples

Snack: Baked apple chips with cinnamon sugar

Breakfast: Oatmeal applesauce mini-muffins

Lunch: Pork, cheese and apple melts

Weekend brunch: Dutch baby with apple butter

Bonus: 15 cupcake, cookie & muffin recipes using applesauce instead of oil

And just to make any of these meals a little more entertaining, a few apple fun facts from

  • Apples are a member of the rose family.
  • Fresh apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air.
  • If you grew 100 apple trees from the seeds of one tree, they would all be different.