This week marks Johnny Appleseed's birthday, so SaveOnEnergy.com® is celebrating with some of our favorite apple recipes. Johnny Appleseed, or John Chapman, helped spread apples across the American frontier in the early 1800s. He specialized in planting nurseries and building fences to protect them until they were large enough for pioneer families in the area to replant, often into orchards for their land. To celebrate this folk hero and the fruit he loved, go pick some apples and try one of these recipes!

All-Day Apple Butterbigstock--136476596

Adapted from recipe on AllRecipes.com.

Ingredients:

  • 5½ pounds apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves or all-spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar and rest of the ingredients. Pour over the apples and mix well.
  2. Cover and cook on High for 1 hour.
  3. Reduce the heat to Low and cook for 9-11 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture and thick and dark brown.
  4. Uncover and cook on Low for 1 hour. Stir with a whisk or immersion blender for a smoother mixture.
  5. Spoon into containers to refrigerator or freeze.

Apple Crispbigstock--136476596

This recipe is an easy alternative to apple pie. The crisp crust makes a nice contrast to the soft, but not mushy, apples.

Ingredients:

For the pie:

  • 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1-2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Pinch of kosher salt

For the crust:

  • 1½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel and dice green apples. Put into a medium bowl and toss with lemon juice. Then add sugar, flour and spices to coat. Pour into an oven-safe pie pan.
  3. In the same medium bowl (fewer dishes!), add oats, melted butter, sugar and spice. Thoroughly mix to coat all the oats so they will stick together. Pour oat mixture on top of apples and spread into an even, packed crust over all the apples.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until apples are soft but still firm and crust starts to brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and let sit on the counter for at least 20 minutes to give the juices time to soak into the apples. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Apple Nachosbigstock--136476596

Use apples slices as your base and top with your favorite ingredients. For example, substitute caramel for peanut butter and pecans for the granola. This makes a healthy, easy after-school snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter, slightly melted
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • ¼ cup granola

Directions:

Arrange your apple slices on a plate. Drizzle with melted peanut butter and chocolate. Top with granola.

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