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Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Apples: Try These Creative Recipes Today!

The apple is a fruit that’s very versatile.

You can use it to make pies, cakes, and even your favorite breakfast foods.

But what do you do with leftover apples? Here are some great ways to use up any extra apples that might be hanging around in your fridge or pantry.

How to store leftover apple

Apples are a versatile fruit that can be used in everything from salads to pies, but if you end up with an extra batch of apples, how should you store them? Here’s what we recommend:

  • Store apple slices in the fridge.
  • Once your apple slices have been cut, it’s best to keep them in the refrigerator.
  • If you have room for them in your crisper drawer alongside other fruits and vegetables, great! Otherwise, keep them on their own until they’re all used up—they’ll be just fine stored on the bottom shelf of your fridge without any issues.
  • Store sliced apples in a plastic bag if they won’t be eaten right away.
  • To help prevent browning or other discoloration when storing sliced apples for more than a few hours before use, place those slices into one quart-sized resealable plastic bag per portion (great for snacks!).
  • This will also help keep pests out so that your delicious leftovers don’t go bad from ants or other pests trying to find their way inside!

10 ideas for leftover apple

Apple butter

Apple butter is a delicious spread made from apples and spices.

It’s most commonly made by cooking down apples, stirring them until they are soft, then straining out the pulp to make a puree.

This puree is then cooked until it becomes thick and smooth.

While you can use any type of apple for this recipe, tart baking apples are best because they will retain their shape better when cooked down into a puree.

Once you have your homemade apple butter prepared, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer as needed! Apple butter keeps for several months in the refrigerator and up to 6 months when frozen!

You can use your freshly made apple butter on toast or English muffins for breakfast; serve it alongside pork chops or other roasted meats at dinner; or spread some on your morning bagel before work!


If you have leftover apples, you can use them to make smoothies.

A high-speed blender is best for making smoothies; if you don’t have one, consider buying one for the purpose of making blended drinks.

To make a smoothie: add fruit (strawberries are a good choice), yogurt, ice and milk to your blender in that order.

Liquids always go first in the blender because they thin out the other ingredients so that they can blend more easily.

If you want your smoothie sweeter or spicier than it already is—or both—add cinnamon and/or honey before blending everything together until it’s completely smooth.

If you want to add more protein or fiber to your smoothie, try adding yogurt, Greek-style yogurt or cottage cheese.

You can also use a protein powder if you have one on hand—but keep in mind that these powders usually contain artificial sweeteners that aren’t good for your health.


A compote is a type of stewed fruit that’s usually served warm and often sweetened with sugar.

Compotes are made from all kinds of fruits, but apples are the most common choice.

They can be served as a side dish or dessert, depending on how much sugar was added and how thick you allow them to get.

A classic compote combines apples with cinnamon and cloves in a lightly sweetened syrup.

It’s also delicious when paired with ice cream or whipped cream!

Compote is a great way to use up fruit that’s past its prime.

It can also be used as a base for other desserts, like baked apples or apple crisp.

Applesauce muffins

You may have some leftover applesauce, and you probably know it’s delicious.

But did you know that it can also be used to make muffins? Here’s what to do:

  • Mash the applesauce into a paste using a fork or potato masher.
  • The more thoroughly the applesauce is mashed, the easier it will be for your muffin mix to incorporate into your final product.
  • Measure out 1/2 cup of flour and add it directly into your bowl of applesauce with no sifting necessary! Try not to let any of those little bits escape–they’re important!
  • Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of sugar (brown sugar works great here) into the mixture as well, then stir them until well mixed; this should take about 15 seconds at most because good things come in small packages when it comes down picking up after yourself between meals…but don’t worry if they don’t stick together yet because we still have one more ingredient left before our batter becomes cake batter…which tastes amazing by itself too but if someone wants something sweet afterwards then I’d recommend adding chocolate chips!

Baked oatmeal with apples and cinnamon

oatmeal is a delicious, hearty breakfast food that you can enjoy any time of day.

It’s loaded with fiber and other nutrients, and it’s one of the best things you can eat for your heart health.

But if you’re looking for something new to do with those brown sugar-glazed apples sitting in your fruit bowl from last night’s dinner party, here’s an idea: bake them into this deliciously healthy baked oatmeal recipe!

The ingredients are simple (and cheap): half a cup of rolled oats; one egg; 1/4 cup almond milk or soy milk; 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; one chopped apple (preferably cored).

Mix together the ingredients in a bowl and pour into an eight-inch baking dish greased with butter or cooking spray.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until firm on top—about 25 minutes depending on how thickly they’re sliced—then serve warm while still fresh out of the oven.

You can add a dash of nutmeg, vanilla extract or brown sugar if you like.

You’ll be surprised by how delicious this simple baked oatmeal recipe is!

Grilled cheese with apples and brie

For a delicious lunch or dinner, grill your bread with butter and cinnamon.

Then add sliced apples and brie cheese to the sandwich.

This is especially good in fall when apples are in season.

If you want to be fancy, drizzle honey over everything before eating (this will melt the butter a bit).

If you’re feeling really adventurous, try adding some red onion slices! This is a great way to use up leftovers from other meals too (like leftover turkey).

There are many different types of compotes, including pear and cherry compote.

They’re all easy to make and can be made with fresh or canned fruit.

Pork chops with apples and onions

To make pork chops with apples and onions, first slice the onion into thin slices.

Then place the pork chops in a cast iron skillet and cook them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until they are done.

When you’re ready to add the apples, cut them into small pieces (about half inch).

Add the butter and brown sugar to your pan, then add cinnamon to taste.

Cook all of this together until it forms a caramelized sauce on top of each side of your pork chop.

Add salt and pepper if desired; serve hot!

If you want to make pork chops with apples and onions, first slice the onion into thin slices.

Then place the pork chops in a cast iron skillet and cook them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until they are done.

Apple cinnamon pancakes

The trick to these pancakes is using grated apple, not the diced apples you’d put in a pie.

Grating the apple helps it cook faster and distribute more evenly throughout the batter than chopped apples would.

Top with butter and cinnamon sugar or go “all out” with a drizzle of maple syrup! Either way, these pancakes are sure to be a hit with everyone.

They’re easy enough for beginners but impressive enough for seasoned cooks too!

The combination of apples and cinnamon gives this recipe a fall-ish feel that makes them perfect for any time of year (or if you just love apple pie).

Plus they take less than 30 minutes to make so they’re great when you want something sweet but don’t have much time on your hands.

If you do happen to have leftovers they make great breakfast sandwiches! Simply toast some bread in butter then slather some strawberry jam onto each slice of bread before topping it off with an egg fried sunny side up style over medium heat until cooked through completely (about 3 minutes) then top everything off with some shredded cheddar cheese before folding into half moon shapes so that one side has all three ingredients stacked together evenly inside each bite size sandwich.

Apple crisp coffee cake

This cake is simple, but it takes some time.

You want to make sure you have everything ready before you begin so that you can complete the process from start to finish in one go.

The finished product is delicious and will be enjoyed by all who try it!

Measure out your flour, sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl and stir them together.

Next up: butter! Add it in chunks, stirring constantly until it has been smoothly incorporated with the rest of your ingredients.

Now for eggs and vanilla extract (and sometimes lemon juice).

After those two are added, pour in sour cream and whisk everything together until well-combined—this should take only about five minutes or so; don’t overwork things here! Finally comes apple cider vinegar (or apple cider) which will help make this cake exceptionally moist once baked—just enough so that each bite melts on your tongue but not so much as where everything becomes watery inside your mouth…

now add some baking soda too because why wouldn’t we?

Cinnamon raisin apple bread

  • 12 cups apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened (optional)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar

In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients.

Add enough flour to make dough easy to handle.

Shape into three loaves; place in greased 9×5-inch loaf pans or two greased 8x4x3-inch loaf pans.

Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes or until done (a toothpick inserted near the center should come out clean).

Remove from pan immediately; cool completely on wire racks before slicing.

Store tightly covered one week at room temperature; freeze longer if desired.

If you don’t want to use butter as part of your recipe, try using applesauce instead!


The key takeaway from this article is that it doesn’t matter how much you have left over from your apple harvest, because you can always find a way to use it.

If none of these ideas sound appealing, try making your own apple sauce or apple butter! You might even find inspiration from our other recipes like baked oatmeal or cinnamon raisin bread.

Emily W.

Emily Wong is an Asian-American food writer the founder of With nearly 8 years of experience, she has a passion for making cooking accessible to everyone and sharing her personal experiences with food. Emily's vision for is to create a community of food lovers who are passionate about cooking, eating, and sharing their experiences with others. Read my story
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