Apple season is still hanging on 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? It’ll keep the hunger away at least. (And drinking some apple brandy before turning in at night will keep the chill at bay.)
But that’s getting ahead of ourselves, as is thinking about ways to eat apples at lunch and dinner, though they’re great there too.
When it’s time to rise and shine, there are plenty of (mostly) sweet ways to work in apples. Check out these 13 apple recipes for breakfast that highlight fall’s finest fruit—if you’re not counting the pumpkin, that is.
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.
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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 wan, watery, store-bought applesauce in the first place. Get our Applesauce recipe. (Eat it alone, with cottage cheese or yogurt, or even on toast.)
The apple cinnamon combination inside flaky pastry is dynamite, but the creamy icing makes it even better, because it mixes some of the leftover apple-cinnamon juices from the filling with powdered sugar, lemon juice, and milk. These are way better than the boxed toaster pastries you loved as a kid. Get our Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts recipe.
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Caramelized apples cooked in cinnamon, sugar, and butter and mixed with candied ginger are a fantastic filling for this tender yeasted coffee cake topped with a vanilla glaze (that takes it to the next level). It’s almost more like a bread, but it’s delicious whatever you call it. Get the Braided Coffee Cake with Apple-Ginger Filling recipe.
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.
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A great choice for a late brunch, this bread is packed with one and a half cups of cheddar cheese (half grated, half in cubes for gooey cheese pockets in the loaf) and an equal amount of grated apples, plus sage for a warm fall flavor. Try it straight from the oven or toast it up later and slather with butter. It’s even good with soup for lunch or dinner. Get our Apple and Cheddar Quick Bread recipe.
Upgrade your usual breakfast sandwich with a slice of maple-grilled apple stacked on top of a sage-flecked breakfast sausage patty and a layer of melted cheddar. Add an egg if you want to! Get our Apple and Cheddar Breakfast Sausage Sandwich recipe.
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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. (Or if you prefer individually baked portions, try our Apple Muffins with Pecan Streusel.)
An unusual dish that’s surprisingly delicious, this omelet is filled with smoky bacon, creamy blue cheese, and sweet-tangy apples. If you don’t do blue, cheddar also works well. Get our Bacon Apple Blue Cheese Omelet recipe.
10. Apple Butter
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 our Apple Butter recipe.
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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.
Old-fashioned rolled oats, butter, honey, brown sugar, and a vanilla-spiked apple compote combine for delightfully crumbly yet moist bars that double as dessert or breakfast. Get our Apple Oatmeal Bars recipe.
Another switch-hitter, these sweet baked apples stuffed with cinnamon granola streusel can be dessert with the addition of vanilla ice cream, but are healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast with a little yogurt or even a splash of heavy cream. Get our Baked Apples recipe.