Apple-Cinnamon Waffles

Apple season is here and there’s no better way to enjoy it than finding ways to incorporate apples into your first meal of the day: breakfast. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, why not eat one every morning? (And drink some apple brandy before turning in at night…?)

But that’s getting ahead of ourselves, as is thinking about ways to eat apples at lunch and dinner. When it’s time to rise and shine, there are plenty of (mostly) sweet ways to work in apples. Check out these 12 recipes for breakfast that highlight fall’s finest fruit—if you’re not counting the pumpkin, that is.

1. Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze

Homemade Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze


Tart apples like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady make these apple fritters infinitely more fresh-tasting than any you’d find at your local doughnut shop. A maple syrup and vanilla glaze add the perfect finishing touch. Get our Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze recipe.

2. Applesauce

Easy Homemade Applesauce


This is a simple and easy-to-follow recipe for homemade applesauce that will be a game changer; you’ll start to wonder why you ever bought store-bought applesauce in the first place. Get our Applesauce recipe.

3. Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble

Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble

Taste Space

The apple cranberry combination with some Greek yogurt is a flavorful alternative to your normal parfait. You can substitute blueberries, or any frozen berry you have on hand, if you want to switch up the flavors. Get the recipe.

4. Apple-Maple French Toast

Apple-Maple French Toast

Martha Stewart

Caramelized apples cooked in cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup are a fantastic topping for this traditional French toast recipe that takes it to the next level. Get the recipe.

5. Apple-Cinnamon Waffles

Apple-Cinnamon Waffles


Applesauce and grated fresh apples make these a very special breakfast treat. These are a step up from your usual buttermilk waffles and you should be sure to make a double batch and freeze some for later in the week. Get our Apple-Cinnamon Waffles recipe.

6. Apple and Cheddar Bread

Apple and Cheddar Quick Bread

Everybody Likes Sandwiches

A great choice for a late brunch, this bread is packed with a full cup of cheddar cheese and a full cup of chopped apples. Try it straight from the oven or toast it up later and slather with butter. Get the recipe.

7. Caramelized Apple Pancake

Caramelized Apple Pancake

Jenny Can Cook

A pancake house favorite, this caramelized apple pancake is made from only a few ingredients: eggs, milk, flour, salt, butter, brown sugar, and apples. Top with confectioner’s sugar and squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top. Get the recipe.

8. Apple Quick Bread with Pecan Streusel

Apple Quick Bread with Pecan Streusel


Touted as a great alternative to muffins, our apple quick bread is topped with a brown-sugar streusel that’s so good you’ll be tempted to eat it all by itself. Get our Apple Quick Bread with Pecan Streusel recipe.

9. Honeycrisp Apple Pandowdy

Honeycrisp Apple Pandowdy

Half Baked Harvest

An unusual dish that’s as fun to eat as it is to say, this apple pandowdy is sweetened with maple syrup and brown sugar. You can use biscuits in place of puff pastry for topping the apples if you want something more old-fashioned; brush them with heavy cream to make them brown beautifully. Get the recipe.

10. Apple Butter

Homemade Apple Butter

Taste of Southern

Apple butter is a mysterious combination that tastes far richer than the sum of its parts. Decadent enough to earn the name butter, this combination of apples, water, apple cider vinegar, sugar, spices, and lemon makes for a phenomenal spread. Get the recipe.

11. Caramel Apple and Cinnamon Breakfast Casserole

Caramel Apple and Cinnamon Breakfast Casserole


An apple-based breakfast casserole, this serves a crowd and is a great pick for a potluck brunch. A custard of buttermilk, apple cider, vanilla, and cinnamon makes for a rich and smooth base for soaking the day-old French bread. Get our Caramel Apple and Cinnamon Breakfast Casserole recipe.

12. Apple Oat Scones

Apple Oat Scones

Martha Stewart

Old-fashioned rolled oats, buttermilk, and Granny Smith apples make these apple oat scones a great choice for breakfast (or even better for a snack at teatime). They’re moist and even somewhat healthy (at least compared to a typical butter-filled scone). Get the recipe.

Related video: How to Make a Double Crust Apple Pie

Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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