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25 Recipes for 25 Years, Part 1: 5 Apple Breakfast Recipes

New York Apple Association is celebrating 25 years of supporting the state’s ever-growing apple industry—from promoting the tastiest apples around to representing local growers and orchards across the state.

To help apple lovers everywhere rejoice in its quarter-century mark, New York Apple Association is compiling 25 delicious recipes featuring—you guessed it—fresh New York State apples.

To kick things off, let’s begin with the most important meal of the day: breakfast.

Breakfast is an essential part of a healthy diet and it can be made to suit anyone’s tastes! Some folks crave savory while others prefer the sweeter side.

To satisfy any apple-tite, here are five fan-favorite apple breakfast recipes that are sure to please any early morning palate.

New York Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies

Need an on-the-go apple breakfast for the whole family? Look no further than these “cookies,” which contain a lot more than meets the eye—including heart healthy oats and flavorful spices! Pick one up, get on your way and energize your body and sweet tooth in one convenient package. Secret tip: Add walnuts or pecans for extra crunch!



· 1 cup old-fashioned oats

· 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

· 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

· 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

· 1/4 teaspoon allspice

· 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 2 tablespoons butter (melted)

· 1 large egg

· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

· 1/2 cup maple syrup

· 1 large NY apple (peeled, cored, diced)

Icing (optional):

· 1 cup powdered sugar

· 1 teaspoon milk


1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Stir together the oats, flour, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

3. Whisk the maple syrup, egg, melted butter and vanilla extract together in a measuring cup, then add the peeled and chopped NY apple.

4. Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the dry ingredients are completely moistened.

5. Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then scoop small balls of dough onto the sheet. Slightly flatten each round ball.

7. Bake for about 12 minutes.

8. While the cookies are baking, whisk together the icing ingredients.

9. Place cookies on wire rack until completely cooled, and then drizzle with the icing.

Recipe courtesy of The Spruce Eats.

New York Apple Super Muffins

These muffins are a super choice to keep breakfast healthy and fun! Get ready to fill up and feel great after chowing down on one of these whole-wheat apple muffins that are packed with apple goodness.


· 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

· 1 medium NY apple cored and chopped

· 1 cup whole-wheat flour

· 2 teaspoons baking powder

· 1/2 teaspoon salt

· 1 3/4 cup Kashi Good Friends™ cereal (or any crunchy, high-fiber cereal)

· 3/4 cup skim milk or soy milk

· 2 egg whites

· 1/4 cup maple syrup

· 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

· Non-stick cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan and set aside.

2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine cereal with milk and let stand 2-3 minutes. Add the egg whites and beat well. Stir in applesauce, NY apple pieces, cinnamon and maple syrup. Add flour mixture and mix until dry ingredients are just moistened.

4. Divide evenly into muffin cups and bake about 25 minutes or until browned.

Recipe courtesy of NYAA.

French Apple Pie Granola

Do you ever wake up in the morning and crave apple pie? We know the feeling. This recipe gives you your slice-of-happiness fix without having to bake a whole pie!


· 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

· 1 cup chopped NY apples

· 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes

· 1/2 cup raisins

· 1 cup crisp rice cereal

· 2/3 cup honey

· 1/2 cup maple syrup

· 2 teaspoons cinnamon

· 1/4 teaspoon allspice

· 1 pinch salt

· 8 tablespoons butter


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, toss oats, NY apples, crisp rice cereal, coconut and raisins until mixed well.

3. Add honey, maple syrup and butter to a saucepan. Heat on medium for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Mix spices into honey mixture until combined completely.

4. Drizzle hot honey mixture over oat mixture and toss with a rubber spatula until well coated.

5. Spread mixture onto a large sheet pan. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve with milk, over yogurt, or just snack on it all morning!

Recipe courtesy of The Spruce Eats.

New York Apple Cheddar Bacon Bread Pudding

Bread, pudding, cheese, bacon, and New York apples? No, it’s not too good to be true. This sweet and savory combination will take your morning taste buds for a ride they won’t soon forget, and is a perfect crowd-pleasing choice for both breakfast and brunch.


· 3 tablespoons butter

· 2 medium NY apples, peeled and chopped

· 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

· 6 cups cubed day-old French bread

· 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

· 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

· 5 large eggs

· 2 1/4 cups 2% milk

· 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1 cup maple syrup

· 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add NY apples and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in brown sugar. Cook uncovered 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Cool completely.

2. In a greased 8-inch square baking dish, layer half of the following: bread, bacon, apples and cheese. Repeat layers.

3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, cinnamon and salt. Pour over top of baking dish. Refrigerate covered for several hours or overnight to allow bread to soak up liquid.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove bread pudding from refrigerator and warm to room temperature. Bake 45-55 minutes or until puffed and golden.

5. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave syrup and walnuts until warmed, stirring once. Serve with bread pudding.

Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home.

New York Apple Chicken Sausage Patties

These simple chicken sausages are a healthy alternative to traditional sausages, and have great taste and nutrition boosts from NY apples. These fun-to-eat patties are a savory hit the whole family can get behind.


· 1 large tart NY apple, peeled and diced

· 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 1/4 teaspoon pepper

· 1 pound ground chicken


1. In a large bowl, combine the NY apple, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.

2. Crumble chicken over mixture and mix well.

3. Shape into eight 3-inch patties.

4. In a large, greased cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook patties over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-6 minutes on each side. Serve with your favorite sauces like honey mustard or tzatziki, or slice and use as a protein-packed salad topper.

Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home.


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