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Honeycrisp Apple Recipes that will Make You Rethink Breakfast

You know the Honeycrisp apple is an amazing eating apple—with its crisp texture and honey sweet flavor the Honeycrisp has gained popularity with apple lovers everywhere. And while you might enjoy eating them whole, we've compiled some delicious recipes to inspire you to test some new breakfast recipes with your Honeycrisp apples. 

Apple Fritter Waffles

Take your waffles up to the next level with the addition of apples—lots of them.  For this recipe, we loaded the batter with Honeycrisp apples and the flavor really comes through.  Start with our favorite go-to waffle recipe and go from there.  Oh and these work seamlessly with gluten-free flour mixes so they fit the bill for may looking for gluten-free options.  While not deep fried the flavor will remind you of an apple fritter—better for you though!  (makes 6-8 Belgian waffles)

3 organic Honeycrisp apples peeled, cored, and diced

3 eggs

3 T melted butter

3 t baking powder

1/2 t salt

1 cup milk

1 cup flour  (regular or gluten-free)

1 T Organic cane sugar (or what you have)

In a bowl combine dry ingredients and mix.  In a large bowl whisk together eggs and milk.  Add dry ingredients to wet and mix so dry ingredients are incorporated. Add melted butter.  Mix in diced apples and let batter stand while your waffle iron heats or you make coffee.  

To make the waffles be sure waffle iron is hot, spray with cooking spray to avoid sticking.  We use organic coconut spray, olive oil spray, or whatever we have on hand.  Ladle batter onto the waffle iron and close lid.  As the waffles cook the lid (as the waffles settle the lid may close a little further).  Once cooked plate up and enjoy.  These waffles are so good we went for a simple powdered sugar dusting.


Apple, Onion, Cheddar, and Fresh Herb Omelet

Here is a recipe that was surprising for us as we don't often think of apples and eggs together.  How could we overlook this?  The apple flavor was surprisingly subtle and very delicious.  The apple texture was similar to that of a potato.  Will definitely cook and expand upon this recipe. (Makes two 3-egg omelets)

  6 organic eggs

1 small-med onion diced

1-2 Honeycrisp apple cored and sliced

White cheddar cheese

2 T fresh garden herbs (we used thyme we think!)

1-2 T butter

6 T milk or water (optional for scrambled eggs)

Saute the apple slices in a bit of butter to soften.  You will want the apples soft to bite into and firm as you would eat a potato (vs applesauce).  Remove apples from the saucepan and saute onion in a bit of butter. Leave the onion on low heat stirring occasionally.  Cook until translucent or even better if you are patient until they begin to caramelize.  While the onion is cooking gather and wash and finely chop your herbs, and slice thin your white cheddar cheese.  Remove onions from pan. 

Crack 3 eggs into a bowl and whisk (with 3 T milk or water if you prefer).  Melt a bit of butter in your pan and add your eggs to make the first omelet.  We cook eggs on med heat to start and then lower the heat and cover so as not to burn the bottom of the omelet while the top cooks.  Layer omelet filling on 1/2 of the omelet in the pan--use 1/2 of the onions, sliced apples, cheese, and herbs.  Carefully fold over your omelet allow it to finish cooking.  The cheese filling should melt and all of the eggs must be cooked.

Remove omelet, clean pan if necessary, and then cook the second one.  


Quinoa with Apples and Walnuts

What we love about this recipe is that you can make quinoa once and then use it for several breakfasts or a lunch salad or two. Experiment with variations. We like this with the apples added at the end—adding crunch. If you are a fan of apple cinnamon oats, you may want to add the apples to cook along with the quinoa.

1 cup organic red or white quinoa

1 1/2 cups water

1/2-whole Honeycrisp apple**

Rinse quinoa and combine with water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, cover, and set to simmer and cook until liquid is absorbed. While quinoa cooks, wash and dice apple. Serve quinoa warm topped with diced apple, walnuts, and a drizzle of real maple syrup.

** If you only use 1/2 of apple, return the other half to your crisper drawer in the fridge. The cut side will brown, but you will be able to slice this off and use the rest of the apple at a later time


Honeycrisp Apple Pie Smoothie

Inspired by this recipe from Greatist, this one is sure to become a favorite.  Let's just say if you've ever baked any quick bread you will recognize the taste.  Fire up the blender and enjoy breakfast on the go.
1 organic Honeycrisp apple (peeled, cored, and diced)
2 T pecans
1 cup organic unsweetened soy milk or milk of your choice
1 capful vanilla
2 dates pitted
1/4 -1/2 tsp cinnamon
2-3 ice cubes
Combine ingredients in your blender, blend until smooth, pat yourself on the back for living the good life. 

Green Power Juice with Honeycrisp Apple &

 Our Refreshing Green Smoothie

When we fire up the juicer, this is our "go to."  We love, love, love these flavors combined. Lemon juice detoxifies while the ginger energizes. 

1 organic cucumber washed

3-4 stalks of celery washed with ends trimmed

1/2 organic lemon cut in chunks (peel on)

1 bunch of organic kale washed

1" piece of ginger root

1-2 organic Honeycrisp apples (we cut around the core).**

Juice all of the ingredients. Pour over ice and serve. Save any extra juice. Freeze in a zip lock bag or ice cube tray to use later in our green smoothie.

**When you begin making this recipe,  you may prefer the sweetness from juicing two apples. As you get used to it, you may find one apple adds enough sweetness for your tastes. 


Refreshing Green Smoothie

When we discovered this, we knew we were onto something great! Using the leftover frozen juice from above, some fresh spinach to pack a powerful punch, and soy milk, we got a crazy good refreshing smoothie that is blog worthy.  As is the case with most of our recipes:  Start with the basics and then adapt and adjust per your preferences.

1 cup or any amount of leftover frozen green juice

1-2 large handfuls of baby spinach washed

1 - 1 1/2 cup organic unsweetened soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk or milk

1/2 ripe avocado (peel and pit removed)

Optional: 1 organic kiwi peeled, an organic banana peeled, frozen organic peaches, nectarines. (to keep it green stay away from blueberries. If you don't care frozen blues work too). Note: We occasionally add protein powders, maca powder, collagen, and Amazing Greens but first we wanted to taste this straight up to adjust flavors.

Blend ingredients together until smooth. We love our Vitamix blender for smoothies! Start with the basic recipe and then make additions/substitutions.

Peanut butter Toast topped with Honeycrisp Apples

1 slice of whole wheat bread or gluten-free, grain-free bread toasted

5-6 thin slices of organic Honeycrisp apple

1 T organic peanut butter, almond, cashew, or other nut butter

Organic raisins (optional), local honey

Top toast with nut butter, and sliced apples. Avoiding grains altogether? Cut larger apple slices to use as bread, top with nut butter, raisins, and drizzle with honey.

Sweet potato & Honeycrisp Apple Breakfast Hash

Are you on the whole 30, looking for a savory hot breakfast? Tired of the usual? Give this hash recipe a try. Starting the day with this superfood can only be win-win. Cooking with sweet potatoes can be a lifesaver when you are trying to change habits and adapt to fewer grains. Sweet potatoes are a nutritious substitute for your good old white potato. You will feel full and satisfied well into your busy day, and your blood sugar will not crash. (Inspired by the Whole 30 Cookbook and adapted from thesinglebite.com and Food 52)

1 large organic sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 in cubes

Coconut oil

1 organic Honeycrisp apple, cored and diced (peel if you prefer)

1/2 red onion, finely diced

1 T butter or ghee

Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté sweet potato in coconut oil stirring occasionally. When softening up and getting some brown color, add apples and onions and continue to cook until apples are soft and onions are slightly translucent. If more oil is needed, add additional coconut oil or a tablespoon of butter.  Enjoy with eggs, bacon, and or breakfast sausage. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Don Ramler:

Where are these Honeycrisp Apples grown? Somewhere in Minnesota?

Sep 26, 2017

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