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Apple recipes with 5 ingredients or less

Put down that pumpkin pie spice — it’s time apples had their moment in the fall food spotlight. 

Apples are in season now, and there are plenty of Michiana orchards welcoming guests who want to pick their own fruit. 

These apple recipes all have five ingredients or fewer and can be put together without too much fuss. 

Apple Cake 


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3 big apples
  • Sugar and cinnamon for the apples
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon cardamon or 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

This apple cake recipe from Skimbaco Lifestyle is pretty simple. Just combine the eggs and sugar in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until white and fluffy. Mix in flour, and add the cardamon or vanilla sugar if using. 

Grease and flour a round cake pan.

Core and slice the apples — it is not necessary to peel them — place in a small bowl and coat with sugar and cinnamon. Put the cake batter in the round cake pan and set the apple slices on top. It’s okay if the apple slices sink into the batter. 

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown (between 20 and 45 minutes depending on the oven). 

Baked Apple Chips

Ingredients (for two servings)

  • Butter for greasing the pan
  • 2 apples, any variety
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

This recipe is from The 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook by popular real-food blogger Lisa Leake

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Generously butter a large baking sheet.

On a cutting board, turn an apple on its side and cut into very this slices, about 1/8 inch thick. Using a small cookie cutter, cut the core out of each apple slice and discard.

Spread the apple slices out in one layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes, flip the apple pieces over, and bake for another 30 to 50 minutes until crisp. Some apple slices may be done sooner than others. If so, remove the thinner ones when they are brown and crisp and allow the thicker ones additional time in the oven.

Caramel Apple Popcorn


  • 8-10 cups popped popcorn
  • ½ bag caramels, unwrapped
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup of dried apples, crushed into smaller pieces

Katie Clark of food blog Clarks Condensed says this recipe is so simple her toddler son was able to help her prepare most of it. 

Here’s how to make this snack: 

Place popcorn evenly on a baking sheet and set aside.

Unwrap caramels and place in sauce pan. Add milk.

Over medium high heat, melt the caramels and milk together, stirring constantly to make sure it doesn’t burn. It will start to bubble. Stir until it starts to thicken.

Remove from heat and stir in the crushed up dried apples.

Immediately pour over the popcorn and stir until all the popcorn is covered. Let cool about an hour.

Share your best apple recipes in the comments section below. 

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