Category Archives: Apples

Basic Green Smoothie Recipes

There is a huge BUZZ floating around the internet centered around the health benefits of enjoying a daily green smoothie. Have you tried it? We have several members in our group who continue to rave about them. Here are some basic recipes to get you started (borrowed from ‘’).

The Basic Green Smoothie Recipe

 This is what we recommend for starting out (makes about 1 quart/1 liter). 
1 or 2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup of another fruit: (pineapple, blueberry, apple, peach, mango)
1 1/2 cup fresh greens:   (~2 chard leaves or ~1 handful spinach)
~ 12 oz water (or to desired consistency)

Mint Melon Medley Green Smoothie Recipe

 For a sweet refreshing mint feeling. 
3 bananas
1  mint sprig, or 2
3 cups  spinach packed in the blender
2 cups cantaloupe
~ 16oz water (to desired consistency)

Green Apple Glory Green Smoothie Recipe

For sweet creamy goodness. 
1  ripe banana
1  large apple cored
1/2  medium ripe avocado
1 cup  packed spinach
1 cup  packed romaine (about 3 large leaves)
~ 1 pint of water

Irish Banana Split Green Smoothie Recipe

Sweet dessert goodness. 
2 frozen ripe bananas
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen strawberries  
2 cups   packed spinach
~ 1 pint of water

Tropical Dream

 Sweet visions of the tropics. 
1/2  mango
1 1/2 c  pineapple
1 frozen strawberries 
2 cups  spinach
4  small kale leaves
~ 1 pint of water

Cranberry Apple Butter

The Flying Biscuit in Atlanta is one of my favorite breakfast places. So when The Flying Biscuit opened in Gainesville a few years ago, I was really excited. I’ve always thought one of the best items on the menu are the biscuit (of course) which are served with this fantastic and fragrant Cranberry Apple Butter.

Cranberry Apple Butter


2 C. Dark Brown Sugar

1 Cinnamon Stick

1-1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1 tsp Ground Cloves

1 C. Orange Juice

2-3 C. Fresh Cranberries

10 Granny Smith Apples – peeled, cored and chopped


Add sugar, spices and orange juice to a large pan and bring to a simmer. Add cranberries and simmer until the cranberries begin to pop. Add apples and cook on low until apples begin to fall apart. Once all apples are cooked, remove from heat and puree with a stick blender or in a food processor until very smooth. This butter can be eaten warm, or cool completely and store in the refridgerator for up to 3 weeks.




This recipe is a rough take on an “unofficial” Flying Biscuit recipe I found online. I’ve made a few adjustments to make it a little more tart and a little less sweet. If you add 3 cups of cranberries and don’t reduce the sugar, you’ll get a tart and sweet butter. Personally I think next time I’ll tadding 2 cups of cranberries and reducing the sugar would make a great adjustment.


Homemade Apple Cider Caramel

You’ll Need:
4 cups Apple Cider (make your own using our recipe or buy it from our co-op)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
0.5 cup Brown Sugar (packed)
4 TBSP Butter

1. Reduce cider and vanilla in skillet on medium to high heat until it is approximately 2 cups in volume. (This may take 60 to 90 minutes.) Stir frequently.

2. Add brown sugar and butter and continue to cook and stir. Cook until mixture begins to thicken. It should look like this:

3. Allow to cook for another 5-20 minutes (depending how thick you want the final caramel).
4. Remove from heat and allow to thicken. Serve with fresh fruit or pour over brownies or other dessert.
5. Store in refrigerator and reheat as needed for future use.

Want additional ideas of how to use this recipe? Consider dipping chilled apples on a stick into the sauce. Then roll the apples in toppings of your choice (nuts, sprinkles, chocolate chips, dried fruit, pretzel pieces, etc.). Continue to chill apples until you are ready to enjoy them.


Recipe inspiration courtesy of Epicurious.

Delicata Squash – Harvest Style

You’ll Need:
2 Delicata Squash
0.25 Cup Cider
2 TBSP Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper

1. Microwave whole squash for 4 minutes.
2. Remove from microwave and cut each squash in half, length-wise.
3. Place squash face up in large glass casserole dish, add 2 cups of water and cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes.
4. Remove casserole dish from oven.
5. Remove seeds from each squash half using a spoon.
6. Remove the meat of the squash, scooping it out with a spoon. Place it into a medium size bowl.
7. Add cider, brown sugar, salt and pepper to the squash and mash.
8. Serve hot/warm.


Sweet Autumn Marinade

You’ll Need:
1 Cup Cider
1 TBSP Oil of Choice
1 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
0.25 Cup Molasses
0.25 Cup Honey or Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper
2 Scallions, chopped

Combine all ingredients and mix well. (If using brown sugar, dissolve it first in the orange juice.) Pour it over meat or vegetables of choice to marinate before cooking.


Heart Healthy Apple Spice Oatmeal Cookie

I recently felt the urge to start indulging in the feeling of fall… which meant enjoying a little apple cider. Well, one thing lead to the next, and I now have these delicious apple spice cookies to share. 🙂

You’ll Need:
16 oz Almond Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Apple Cider
2 TSP Vanilla or Almond Extract
1.5 Cups Oat Flour
1 TSP Baking Soda
1 TSP Salt
1 TSP Ground Cinnamon
2 TBSP Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 – 2 Small Apples or Pears, finely chopped
0.5 – 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips

1.  In a pan, mix brown sugar and cider, and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Pour hot mixture over almond butter, add vanilla extract and stir until mixed well.
3. In a separate bowl, mix oat flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Fold it into the nut mixture.
4. Fold oats and apple/pear chunks into dough and set aside to cool for ~10 minutes.
5. When dough has cooled, add white chocolate chips (if desired).
6. Make cookie dough balls, approximately 24 per batch. Place two inches apart on an oil-sprayed cookie sheet. Flatten the dough balls with the bottom of a measuring cup or glass.
7. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for 1+ hours before enjoying.

Note, if you use fresh apples or pears, the cookie may be very moist. It may be best to refrigerate moist cookies, heating them in the microwave or toaster oven just before serving.

You might also notice these are similar to another one of my cookie recipes… The Heart-Healthy Chocolate Cranberry Cookie and The Heart Healthy Gingerbread Cookie.


How to Make Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

Photo borrowed from

Our Best Bites just published a new recipe/how-to that may be helpful when packing lunches or planning parties. If you happen to have fresh fruit that isn’t disappearing fast enough or you’re trying to find new ways to get the kids to enjoy the goodies in our boxes, consider making your own fruit roll-ups.


Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you enjoy a soft cookie and like the perk of it being heart healthy, this may be your recipe. Based on the Banana-Maple Oatmeal Cookie, I created this one using flaxseed, pear sauce, oatmeal, chocolate chips, and whole wheat flour.

You will need:
1 TBSP ground Flaxseed
3 TBSP water
1 cup Quick Oats
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
0.5 TSP Baking Soda
0.5 TSP Baking Powder
0.5 TSP Salt
1 TSP Ground Cinnamon
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
0.5 TSP Vanilla Extract
0.5 cup Maple Syrup
0.5 – 1 cup Pear Sauce (or Applesauce)

Follow the cooking directions from Banana-Maple Oatmeal Cookies.

Did you know, ground flaxseed is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and also plays a key role in preventing and/or reversing diabetes, cancer, constipation, inflammation, and heart disease as well as reducing the symptoms of menopause and so much more? Read about it at Flax Health.


Un-Cobb Salad

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Need a new salad idea… try Simply Recipe’s Un-Cobb Salad using fresh romaine, avocado, apple slices, mango and whatever else you have on hand. Mix it up and keep it different.

Baked Goods Recipes: Illustrated

Carrot Muffins

I am in love with They Draw and Cook, a website where artists/chefs display illustrated recipes.  I’ve included Carrot Muffins, Dorset Apple Cake, Monkey Banana Cream, Blueberry Bran Muffins, Strawberry Muffins with Ice Cream, and Olive Oil Orange Cake.  Check out the other recipes (and gorgeous illustrations) on their site!

Dorset Apple Cake

Monkey Banana Cream

Blueberry Bran Muffins

Strawberry Muffins with Ice Cream


Olive Oil Orange Cake