10 Things That Taste Like Apple Pie But Aren’t

Apple pie’s the perfect confluence of joyous autumn things: fresh-picked orchard apples; familiar, nutty spices; oven-baked goods that are sure to warm the home. But let’s face it: We’ve got a long cold-weather haul ahead of us, so a little variety is going to be key to making it through to next spring. With that in mind, here are 10 ways—some logical, some not so much—to enjoy the essence of apple pie (just hold the pie).

1. Apple Pie Oatmeal

It’s possible to trick yourself into thinking you’re having dessert for breakfast, thanks to apple pie oatmeal. Be sure to top it with extra maple syrup, butter, and cinnamon to make your first meal of the day feel particularly special.
Photo: Apple Pie Oatmeal / Clara Persis

2. Cheddar Apple Pie Grilled Cheese

Cheddar cheese apple pie’s a commonplace occurrence. And if you’re going to go halfway with the sweet-savory thing, why not just go all out? Embrace the concept full-on by making cheddar apple pie grilled cheese, which conveniently calls for only four ingredients.
Photo: Cheddar Apple Pie Grilled Cheese / Hungry Couple

3. Eel Apple Pie

If apples on grilled cheese got you going crazy, you’re not going to believe what we’re recommending next: eel apple pie. Yes, it's as offbeat as it sounds, but trust us: The combination of puff pastry, wasabi, baked apple slices, and BBQ eel just works.
Photo: Unagi Apple Pie / Yelp

4. Apple Baklava

Why isn’t apple baklava a bigger thing? Layers of crispy phyllo dough, honey, and walnuts are a perfect match with cinnamon, butter, and fresh apple.
Photo: Apple Baklava / Amy Bites

5. Apple Pie Float

At The Ice Cream Bar in San Francisco, there’s a boozy drink called the San Francisco Honey, made from a scoop of crème fraîche ice cream, a scoop of milk chocolate ice cream, and a float of San Francisco Mead Company Apple Pie Mead. Top that, apple pie.
Photo: SF Honey Cocktail / Susannah Chen

6. Apple Pie Jam

Apple pie preserves could be your jam. Don’t limit yourself to spreading them on toast—they’d probably be pretty rad as an accompaniment to a scoop of vanilla gelato, on top of some melted Brie en croute … the options are endless.
Photo: Apple Pie Jam / The Three Little Piglets

7. Apple Pie Waffles

Together, Belgian-style waffles, maple bourbon caramel sauce, and apple compote sure taste a lot like heaven. Apple pie–flavored heaven, that is.
Photo: Apple Pie Waffles / Smells Like Home

8. Baked Apple Pie Fries

If you’re one to choose sweet bites over salty snacks any day, then skip the spuds next time it’s your turn to host, and “fry” up a batch of apple pie fries instead. An oat, cinnamon, and sugar breading helps the baked apple sticks achieve a crispy, fry-like texture.
Photo: Baked Apple Pie Fries / Averie Cooks

9. Apple Pie Smoothie

Trick yourself into thinking you’re enjoying the real deal when you’re actually gulping down a wholesome beverage devoid of gluten, dairy, or refined sugars.
Photo: Apple Pie Smoothie / Tasty Yummies

10. Apple Pie Pizza

There are no rules in today’s pizza world; the genre seems to offer just about everything. That would include apple pie pizza, which calls for pizza dough topped with Granny Smith apples, a cinnamon sugar crumble, and a drizzle of icing.
Photo: Apple Pie Pizza / Dessert for Two

Susannah Chen is a San Francisco–based freelance writer. When she's not cooking or writing, she's on the hunt to find the world's best chilaquiles. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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