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Kevin Curry

What to Do with Old Apples: Tips and Recipes

Are you staring at a pile of sad, wrinkly apples in your fruit bowl, wondering what to do with old apples? 

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there – you buy a big bag of apples with the best intentions, but life happens, and suddenly they’re not looking as fresh as they once did. But hey, don’t toss them just yet! 

Those old apples still have a ton of potential, and I’m about to show you some seriously delicious ways to give them new life. I’m gonna walk you through what to make with old apples.

So grab those slightly squishy apples and roll up your sleeves. From cozy apple crisps to tangy applesauce and everything in between – we’ll have you wondering why you ever doubted their deliciousness in the first place.

How to Tell If Apples Are Bad?

Before we dive into the fun part of unpacking what to do with apples going bad, let’s quickly address the question that might be lingering in your mind: how do you know if your apples have ALREADY gone bad?

  • Appearance: Take a good, hard look at them. Sure, a few imperfections are fine – a little bruise here, a tiny blemish there. Even slight wrinkling is just fine. But if they’re looking like they’ve been through a rough patch, with wrinkles deeper than a crumpled-up grocery list or mold creeping in like uninvited guests, it’s time to bid them farewell
  • Texture: Now, give those apples a gentle squeeze. If they feel like they’re about to collapse into a puddle of mush at the slightest touch, you’ve got yourself some overripe apples. Fresh ones should give a bit but still maintain that crisp crunch. If they feel more like a stress ball than a fruit, it’s time to part ways.
  • Smell: Next up, give ’em a sniff. A sweet, fruity aroma is what you’re after. But if there’s even a hint of something funky – and not the good kind of funky – it’s a sign that those apples have seen better days. Your nose knows when something’s not right, so trust your instincts.
  • Taste: Lastly, if you’re still on the fence, take a tiny nibble. Your taste buds won’t lead you astray. If it tastes off or has a weird texture, it’s game over for those apples.

Remember, folks, when it comes to food safety, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So if there’s any doubt, toss ’em out. 

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of how to spot a bad apple, let’s focus on the ones that are still ripe for the picking – literally! It’s time to turn those slightly sad apples into something that’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance. Check out the next sections for what to do with overripe apples.

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How to Use Old Apples

You don’t even need a recipe for using overripe apples – there are plenty of creative ways to breathe new life into those slightly wrinkled fruits. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Use Them in Pancakes or Muffins: Chop those old apples and toss them into pancake or muffin batter for a naturally sweet twist. No need for extra syrup with these naturally sweet treats!
  • Make Apple Oatmeal: Take those chopped apples and add them to your morning oatmeal along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey for a cozy and comforting breakfast.
  • Blend Up an Apple Smoothie: Add those sliced ripe or wrinkled apples to smoothies for a fiber and vitamin boost, especially delicious with almond milk and a dash of cinnamon.
  • Make Apple Chips: Slice those old apples, sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake for crispy, nutritious chips perfect for snacking or adding to trail mix.
  • Roast Some Apple Slices: Toss apple slices with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon, then roast until caramelized and tender for a healthy and satisfying snack.
  • Create Apple Salsa: Dice those apples and mix them with chopped onion, cilantro, and lime juice for a flavorful salsa that pairs perfectly with grilled chicken or fish.

Not the creative type? If you’re someone who likes to stick to a recipe, I’ve got you covered too! Check out these 10 healthy recipes below for what to do with apples about to go bad that’ll have you drooling in no time.

10 Healthy Recipes for Overripe Apples

  1. Simple Homemade Applesauce

Turn those mushy old apples into something spectacular with homemade applesauce! Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it’s also incredibly versatile. From topping your morning pancakes to mixing into yogurt for a midday snack, or even using it as a healthier alternative in baking recipes, homemade applesauce is a kitchen superstar.

  1. Baked Apple Oatmeal – Single-Serving

Time to kickstart your day with a breakfast that’s as easy as it is delicious: my single-serving baked apple oatmeal! It’s a flavor-packed powerhouse that’ll fuel your morning hustle without keeping you tied to the kitchen for hours. Picture warm, tender apples mingling with hearty oats and a sprinkle of aromatic spices – it’s like a cozy hug for your taste buds! 

  1. Apple Cinnamon Ginger Coffee Cake Muffins

These babies are packed with cozy flavors and wholesome goodness that’ll kickstart your day with a bang.

Enjoy tender apple chunks nestled in a cinnamon-infused oat batter, topped with a buttery crumb topping that’s simply irresistible. Plus, with a hint of fresh ginger to spice things up, these muffins are guaranteed to put a pep in your step.

  1. Baked Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal

Get pumped for a breakfast upgrade with this Baked Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal recipe! It’s a powerhouse of flavors, blending creamy peanut butter with sweet, juicy apples and hearty oats to kickstart your day right. And you can prep it ahead for those hectic mornings! 

  1. Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Waffles with Cinnamon Apples

If you really want to know how to use old apples, it’s by marrying them with pumpkin and cinnamon. I’m absolutely crazy about the combo of pumpkin-spiced baked treats paired with sautéed apples and cinnamon. It’s like a symphony of autumn in every bite! And if you’ve got some coconut whip lying around, why not add a dollop on top for good measure? 🤤

  1. Healthy Apple Crisp

This dessert is all about that perfect balance – sweet, tangy apples, warm spices, and a golden, crispy topping that’ll have you swooning. And here’s the best part – it’s guilt-free! Whether you’re craving a cozy dessert or a wholesome snack, this apple crisp has got you covered.

  1. Baked Apple Slices (No Added Sugar)

These oven-baked slices are the perfect solution for those apples that have seen better days! With just a handful of ingredients and a little time in the oven, you’ll have a snack that’s not only delicious but also helps satisfy those pesky sweet cravings. It’s like tricking yourself into thinking you’re indulging in dessert when you’re actually just being a savvy food waste warrior, rescuing those mushy apples from the brink.

  1. Healthy Baked Whole Apples with Filling

You won’t believe it, but these apples don’t need any added butter or sugar – they’re naturally sweet and delicious on their own. Packed with wholesome ingredients like oatmeal, coconut oil, and maple syrup, they’re the perfect treat for health-conscious folks. And don’t worry about coring them – the recipe includes easy step-by-step instructions. 

  1. Apple Crumble Breakfast Meal Prep

Enjoy layers of sweet, juicy apples nestled beneath a crunchy oat topping – a breakfast dream come true! And the best part? You can whip it up ahead of time for stress-free mornings all week long. So get your meal prep containers ready and let’s make breakfast!

  1. Healthy Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Pops

Try these apples dipped in an easy homemade dairy-free peanut butter caramel, then generously sprinkled with crushed peanuts and pecans for that extra crunch. It’s like a flavor explosion in every bite, my friends. So, if you’re craving something sweet and satisfying, grab the recipe and indulge in a healthier dessert option that’ll knock your socks off!

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How to Keep Apples Fresh

Now that you’ve sorted out the bad apples from the good ones, let’s talk about how to keep those remaining beauties fresh for as long as possible. Here are a few tips to keep your apples crisp and delicious:

  • Refrigerate: Apples are like us – they prefer a cool environment. 😎😆Toss them in the fridge to slow down the ripening process and keep them crunchy for longer. But make sure they’re not rubbing shoulders with strong-smelling foods – nobody wants onion-flavored apples!
  • Bag ‘Em Up: If you’re more of a room temperature kind of person, stash your apples in a perforated plastic bag or a breathable produce bag. This keeps the humidity level just right while still letting those babies breathe so they stay fresh and fabulous.
  • Nip Trouble in the Bud: Remember, one bad apple can ruin the bunch – literally. If you spot any apples getting a little funky, pluck them out ASAP to stop the rot from spreading.
  • Keep ‘Em Whole: Cutting into an apple? Hold your horses! Once you slice ’em up, they start to turn that unappealing shade of brown. Keep ’em whole until you’re ready to chow down, or if you can’t wait, give ’em a squeeze of lemon juice to keep ’em looking fresh.
  • Pick the Right Players: Not all apples are created equal when it comes to staying fresh. Opt for varieties like Granny Smith, Fuji, or Honeycrisp – they’re like the MVPs of the apple world when it comes to shelf life.

Follow these golden rules, and your apples will stay fresher than a daisy. Now that you’ve got the lowdown on apple preservation, it’s time to put those crisp beauties to work in some seriously tasty recipes. So, grab your apples and get cookin’!
Check out Fit Men Cook for more apple recipes and other ideas of what to do with old apples.


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!


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