Apple season is one of our favourite times of year! If you are looking for seasonal vegan apple recipes and ideas, then look no further than our handy plant-based guide!
As you can see above, we're pretty nuts about apples here at Vegan on Board! They are one of our favourite fruits and, hands down, our most eaten one.
We love to use apples in both savoury and sweet dishes. They're are so versatile and can be used to bring sweetness, tang, crunch or juiciness to many meals.
In this collection of vegan apple recipes you'll find delicious ways to cook with apples and new ideas to try! You'll also find a handy plant-based guide to what goes well with apples, so you can have fun experimenting in the kitchen.
More ideas for apples
Still looking for more vegan apple recipes or ideas? Here's some more ways we love to cook and eat apples:
- For an easy vegan snack, slice up an apple and dip it in peanut butter! (This is one of our fave roadtrip pick me ups!)
- At breakfast time, finely dice an apple and toss it in porridge or enjoy with our easy vegan granola and some vegan yoghurt.
- Make applesauce and freeze it to use in vegan baking all year long. You can also use applesauce as an egg replacement in some recipes, or to reduce the quantity of oil in a recipe.
- You can make a lovely apple cider vinegar using apple scraps, such as peelings and apple cores.
- We often like to toss an apple into vegetable soups to add a subtle sweet flavour. Apple goes well in soup made with root veggies such as celeriac/celery root or parsnip and earthy tasting veggies such as butternut squash.
What goes well with apples
Are you wondering what herbs and spices go well with apples? How about what other plant-based ingredients to pair apples with? Here's a handy guide:
Beetroot, butternut squash, cabbage, carrots, celery, celeriac/celery root, chilis, cucumber, fennel, ginger, horseradish, kale, onions, parsnips, pumpkin, rhubarb, lettuce, spinach and sweet potatoes.
Apricots, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapes, lemon, oranges, pears, plums, pomegranate and raspberries.
Allspice, black pepper, caraway seeds, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fennel seeds, mace, mustard seeds, nutmeg and star anise.
Lavender, mint, rosemary, sage and thyme.
Brown sugar, date caramel, maple syrup and molasses.
Coconut oil, coconut milk, dairy-free yoghurt, vegan butter, vegan cheddar cheese and vegan cream cheese.
Pulses & vegan meat substitutes
Black lentils, Puy lentils, seitan, smoked tofu, split yellow peas and vegan sausages.
Nuts & seeds
Almonds, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds/pepitas and walnuts.
Buckwheat, farro, millet, rice, semolina and quinoa.
Balsamic vinegar, brandy, dried fruit, mustard, peanut butter, puff pastry, red wine, tahini, and vanilla.
Peak apple season is in autumn/fall. Harvest time depends on the variety of apple.
In the UK and US, apples are typically picked between August and November, so October is a great month to go apple picking or foraging! In Australia, apples are usually harvested between January and June.
A good way to check if an apple is ready to pick is to cup the apple in your hand and give it a gentle twist. If it comes off easily, then your apple is ready to be picked. If you require more force, then this suggests the apple is unripe.
Slicing an apple open to observe the pips is another good method. Apple seeds are dark brown when the apple is ripe. If the pips are white or light brown, then that means the apple still needs time to ripen.
If you want to keep your apples fresh for longer then storing them in the fridge is a good idea. Place them in a paper bag in the crisper or fruit and vegetable drawer of your fridge for up to two weeks.
Some varieties of apple are suitable for long term storage over winter. Apples keep best in a cool, dark and slightly moist environment, such as a shed or cellar. Wrap each individual apple in a sheet of newsprint and store in single layers on a rack or in apple crates. Only store unblemished apples and check regularly for signs of damaged apples which should be removed.
The quickest way to wash apples is under running water. Give them a gentle scrub and pat them dry. We use this method for organic and pesticide free apples.
With other apples, a 15 minute soak in a water with a spoonful of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda has proven to be a highly effective method of washing apples that removes pesticide residue.
Apple peel is totally edible, so it's a personal choice. There's a lot of flavour and nutrients in the peel and just under the skin, which is lost if you peel you apples. However, peeling can also be an effective way to remove pesticide residue.
For most apple recipes we've found it isn't necessary to peel apples and not peeling saves a lot of time, as well as cuts down on food waste!
We hope you enjoyed this collection of seasonal recipes! Tell us your favourite vegan apples recipes and share your ideas in the comments below.