Red White and Blue Fruit Salad

This red white and blue fruit salad is packed with fresh fruits, crunchy walnuts, and chewy marshmallows– perfect for Fourth of July!

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My Red White and Blue Salad is Summer in a bowl. Christmas and Thanksgiving are great holidays, but I’m a summer gal through and through. There’s just something magical about the smell of sunscreen and fresh cut grass mingling with drool-worthy scents wafting from the grill. Are you with me? Now, all you need is an ice cold beverage, some sunshine, and this Red White and Blue Fruit Salad! You’re going to want to save this recipe, because it’s perfect for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

overhead view of a bowl of red white and blue fruit salad.

The only thing I love more than celebrating ‘Merica and honoring our veterans is berries being in season! I pretty much refuse to buy berries when they aren’t in season because the quality is never as good and they are never quite as budget-friendly. I’m also a sucker for nostalgia and I feel like there was always a whipped cream fruit salad variation at all of my family gatherings growing up, probably because fruit salads require almost zero prep and they are always a crowd pleaser! This one is extra special because it brings the patriotic vibes, too.

What is Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad?

This patriotic fruit salad utilizes red, white, and blue fruits to create a colorful display fit for Independence Day or Memorial Day (or anytime I’m craving a refreshing and fun fruit salad). Strawberries represent the red, bananas and apples represent the white, and blueberries represent the blue. I added a little bit of crunch with some walnuts for texture. Topped off with some classic Cool Whip, this is one refreshing salad that’s a great BBQ side dish or dessert.

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this red white and blue fruit salad:

  • Fruit: I used a combination of bananas, strawberries, apples, and blueberries to create this patriotic salad.
  • Sugar: A little bit of granulated sugar makes the berries glisten and helps prevents the apples from browning.
  • Walnuts: Crushed walnut pieces add a bit of savory nuttiness and crunch.
  • Marshmallows: Add pops of sweetness. Mini marshmallows are the perfect size, but you can also quarter full-sized marshmallows.
  • Cool Whip: The perfect garnish for this fresh and fruity salad. You can also make your own whipped cream if you prefer!

What Else Can I Add?

  • Fruits: If you’re not needing this to be particularly red, white, and blue, you can add any fruits your heart desires. Blackberries, raspberries, pitted cherries, concord grapes, pomegranate arils, or chopped pineapple would all keep the red white and blue theme going! Just be careful to avoid smushing the fruit when tossing the ingredients so you can see the distinct red, white, and blue colors throughout.
  • Crunch: Pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, or homemade granola are all great sources of crunch.

How To Store Leftovers

This fruit salad can be prepared up to 24 hours before you plan to serve it, although the tender berries may shed some juices as they sit and the bananas and apples may brown a bit. To achieve true fireworks, prepare just before your company arrives! It will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

overhead view of servings of red white and blue fruit salad in stemless wine glasses.
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Red White and Blue Fruit Salad

This red white and blue fruit salad is packed with fresh fruits, crunchy walnuts, and chewy marshmallows– perfect for Fourth of July!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Total Cost ($11.74 recipe / $1.46 serving)
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people (about 1 cups each)
Calories

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas $0.46
  • 2 cups quartered strawberries $2.50
  • 1 diced apple $1.00
  • 2 cups blueberries (1 pint) $2.99
  • 2 tsp. sugar $0.01
  • ½ cup walnut pieces $2.64
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows $1.00
  • 1 cup Cool Whip $1.14

Instructions

  • Dice bananas into ¼ inch pieces, quarter strawberries, core and dice the apple, gather walnut pieces, blueberries and mini marshmellows.
  • Toss bananas, strawberries, apple, and blueberries in a big mixing bowl with sugar.*
  • Fold in walnut pieces and mini marshmallows to sugared fruits and toss to combine.
  • Top each serving with a generous dollop of Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream and extra walnut pieces.

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Notes

*The sugar will make your berries glisten and will slow down the apples from browning!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup
scooping a bite from a serving of red white and blue fruit salad in a stemless wine glass.

how to make Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad – step by step photos

ingredients for red white and blue fruit salad on a cutting board.

Dice 2 bananas into ¼ inch pieces; quarter 2 cups of strawberries; core and dice 1 apple; and gather ½ cup walnut pieces, 2 cups of blueberries and 1 cup of mini marshmallows.

cut fruits tossed with sugar in a white bowl.

Toss the 2 diced bananas, 2 cups of quartered strawberries, 1 diced apple, and 2 cups of blueberries in a big mixing bowl with 2 tsp sugar.

red white and blue fruit salad mixed up in a white bowl with a side of cool whip.

Fold in ½ cup walnut pieces and 1 cup mini marshmallows to sugared fruits and toss to combine.

overhead view of servings of red white and blue fruit salad in stemless wine glasses with cool whip.

Top each serving with about 1 Tbsp of Cool Whip and extra walnut pieces.

close-up side view of a serving of red white and blue fruit salad in a stemless wine glass with cool whip.

This easy-to-make red white and blue fruit salad will be the star of your July 4th BBQ!

I would like to express my endless gratitude for the veterans who have sacrificed their lives while defending our country and their families.

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Best Kale Smoothie

Want to sneak more greens into your diet? Here’s how to make a refreshing kale smoothie! We’ll show how to…

Want to sneak more greens into your diet? Here’s how to make a refreshing kale smoothie! We’ll show how to balance the flavor of kale with fruits and add-ins for a creamy and satisfying green drink you’ll actually crave.

Kale Smoothie in a glass with straw and kale leaf garnish.

Here’s a smoothie so good, you’ll want to make it every day. Meet our favorite kale smoothie! Yes, we know. “Kale smoothie” sounds like it would be intensely bitter. This one is anything but!

This kale smoothie is full of fruity flavor from green apple, pineapple and banana. It tastes heavenly, yet at the same time you’re getting a big dose of nutrients from leafy greens. True story: this is one of the only ways we get our son to eat kale—and he begs us for more kale smoothie. Here’s how to make it!

Why we love this kale smoothie recipe

This kale smoothie is lusciously creamy, a satisfying drink you’ll actually crave. This is saying something, because we’ve made lots of kale smoothies that are too bitter, too thick, or too icy. This one has all the right ingredients to make an irresistibly tasty green puree. Here’s why to make it:

  • It’s has a pure, sweet tart flavor and a silky smooth, frosty texture. It’s irresistibly tasty and just the right thickness for sipping!
  • It’s full of healthy ingredients. There are no added sugary juices to make it taste good.
  • It’s plant-based. There’s no need to use milk or yogurt here, it’s all fruit and leafy greens.
Kale Smoothie recipe in a glass with straw and kale leaf garnish.

Ingredients for this kale smoothie

This short ingredient list of a kale smoothie is all you need to make this beautiful, bright green puree! Here’s what you need:

  • Kale: Use either baby kale or Tuscan kale. We prefer baby kale since the flavor is sweeter and milder, but you can use Tuscan kale roughly chopped and loosely packed. Curly kale has a spicier flavor, so we’d recommend starting with less than the specified amount in the recipe.
  • Green apple: Apple is the key to a great kale smoothie; it brings in a bright, sweet tart flavor.
  • Banana: Banana features in many of our smoothie recipes to make a creamy texture and add natural sweetness.
  • Frozen pineapple or mango: Frozen pineapple seals the deal with its icy texture and beautiful fruity flavor.
  • Lemon juice, water and ice: Lemon juice accentuates the fruity flavors, and ice helps add texture and body. A little water is all you need to get it to blend.
Tuscan kale leaves.

Types of kale

There are several types of kale that you can use in this smoothie. Here’s a breakdown of each type:

  • Baby kale: Baby kale works well in a smoothie because it has a sweeter, mild flavor. It’s a young version of kale, harvested before it matures. You can find it sold in boxes at the grocery or bags at your local farmers market.
  • Tuscan kale: Tuscan kale is the next best option: it’s got a mild flavor and flat, dark green leaves. It’s also labeled as dinosaur kale or Lacinato kale.
  • Curly kale: Curly kale works, but it has a spicy flavor that’s more bitter than the other two. If you use this variety, you may want to start with less and add it to taste.

The trick to blending

Here’s a trick to blending this kale smoothie. First, blend the softer room temperature fruits and liquid. In this case, it’s the banana, apple, kale and water. Then add in the frozen ingredients: the frozen pineapple and ice. This helps it to blend easier: so you won’t need to endlessly stop, scrape, and start again!

Two kale smoothies.

Add-ins & variations

This kale smoothie is delicious as is, but you can always mix it up with tasty additions! Here are a few options:

  • Ginger: Add ½ teaspoon grated ginger to the mix for a spicy finish.
  • Mint or basil. Add a few fresh mint or basil leaves for an herbaceous spin.
  • Chia seeds. Chia seeds add fiber and some protein; add 1 to 2 tablespoons to your taste.
  • Coconut. A handful of shredded coconut adds a tropical flair.

Smoothie storage

Smoothies are best eaten immediately. But this kale smoothie actually lasts 1 to 2 days refrigerated, stored in a sealed container or a mason jar with the lid on. It may separate, which is perfectly natural. Just shake it up and you’re good to go!

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Dietary notes

This kale smoothie recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

Frequently asked questions

Won’t my kale smoothie taste bitter?

Not necessarily! This post offers tips on choosing the right kale variety (baby kale is less bitter) and using masking ingredients like bananas, mangoes, or pineapples to balance the flavor.

What kind of milk is best for a kale smoothie?

This kale smoothie recipe uses water, but you can also use milk. Any milk you enjoy works! Popular choices include dairy milk, almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. Consider dietary restrictions and the desired texture when choosing your milk.

Do I need a fancy blender for a kale smoothie?

A high-powered blender is ideal for achieving a smooth and creamy consistency. However, many regular blenders can handle kale smoothies with the addition of some extra liquid.

Can I make kale smoothies ahead of time?

Yes, but be aware that the color may darken slightly, and the texture might thicken a bit and separate over time. This smoothie is best eaten within 1 day, but it does store up to 2 days.

How can I make my kale smoothie more filling?

Adding protein powder, nut butters, chia seeds, or even rolled oats can make your smoothie more filling and keep you satisfied for longer.

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Kale smoothie

The Best Kale Smoothie


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 smoothies

Description

Want to sneak more greens into your diet? Here’s how to make a refreshing kale smoothie, a creamy and satisfying green drink you’ll actually crave.


Ingredients

  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups baby kale leaves, loosely packed (or Tuscan or curly kale*, roughly chopped)
  • ½ cup water (or milk of choice)
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple or mango
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Chop the apple, leaving the skin on. Break the banana into pieces and place them both in the blender. Add the water and baby kale leaves. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add the ice, frozen pineapple or mango, and lemon juice. Blend again until smooth.

Notes

*Our preference for the type of kale to use in a smoothie is baby kale. Tuscan kale is a second choice. Curly kale can work, but it has a spicy flavor and is more bitter than the other two. If you use this variety, you may want to start with less and add it to taste. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Kale smoothie, kale smoothie recipe

Apple Fritters

Thinly sliced apples smothered in a light batter and dusted with cinnamon sugar is the easy apple fritters recipe you remember from childhood. Often referred to as “apple cinnamon donuts” or “appleflappen,” these apple slices go…

Thinly sliced apples smothered in a light batter and dusted with cinnamon sugar is the easy apple fritters recipe you remember from childhood. Often referred to as “apple cinnamon donuts” or “appleflappen,” these apple slices go from fresh to fried in about 10 minutes, making this after-school snack as easy as apple pie. Ingredients What...

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Apple Walnut Salad

Savor the flavors of this apple walnut salad! Crisp apples mix with crunchy toasted walnuts and a sweet-tart dressing. It’s…

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Savor the flavors of this apple walnut salad! Crisp apples mix with crunchy toasted walnuts and a sweet-tart dressing. It’s an easy side dish or add protein for a satisfying lunch!

Apple Walnut Salad

Need a delicious salad recipe that goes with just about anything? (We’re always game for ideas.) Try this apple walnut salad! The mix of crisp apples, crunchy walnuts, chewy cranberries and a sweet-tart dressing makes a symphony of textures and flavors. It’s perfect as a side dish, but add protein and it also works as a main meal! You can swap out the dressing and mix-ins to make dozens of variations on the theme, making it endlessly versatile for any time and occasion.

Ingredients in apple walnut salad

An apple walnut salad works in many ways: there are many types of dressings and ways to accessorize the apples. And don’t forget about the classic Waldorf salad of apples, walnuts and grapes with a creamy mayo-based dressing! This apple walnuts salad is all about minimal ingredients with maximum impact. It’s fancy enough for entertaining, yet simple enough to pair with an easy weeknight meal. Here’s what you’ll need for this tasty green salad:

Apple Walnut Salad

Best types of apples for a salad

Make sure to use a crisp tart apple variety in this apple walnut salad. Of course, you can use any apple you have on hand! But it’s nice to use an apple that has a hearty crunch when you bite into it, and a hint of tart to make the flavor pop. Here are our top apple varieties for a salad:

  • Pink Lady: This is our favorite type of apple: the flavor is intensely sweet tart and it has a lovely, bright red color.
  • Granny Smith: Granny Smith is great for salads, though we recommend using it with another red apple for color contrast.
  • Honeycrisp: This variety is a bit sweeter and juicier than Pink Lady, but still a great option.

Dressing variations

This apple walnut salad is delicious with the maple vinaigrette listed in the recipe below. However, it works very well with other dressing ideas as well! Here are some top salad dressings that work with the flavors of this salad:

Apple Walnut Salad

Apple walnut salad topping ideas

Want to mix up the toppings for this apple walnut salad? The sky is the limit! Keep the greens, apples, and walnuts steady and add additional cheese, nuts or other mix ins for a versatile side. Here are some of our top ideas:

  • Feta crumbles or goat cheese crumbles add a pop of salt and a visual appeal.
  • Dried cherries, pomegranate seeds, or raisins can stand in for the cranberries.
  • Parmesan, gorgonzola, gouda, or Manchego also work for the cheese.
  • Try adding a handful of almonds, pecans, pistachios, or hazelnuts alongside the walnuts.
  • Using pepitas is another fun way to mix up the crunchy elements.

Add protein to make it a main dish

Lastly, it’s simple to turn apple walnut salad into a main dish. Simply top with protein! The flavors in this salad work well with chicken, shrimp, salmon, and even tofu as a vegan salad option. Here are some recipes for cooking the protein:

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This apple walnut salad recipe is…

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Apple Walnut Salad

Apple Walnut Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Savor the flavors of this apple walnut salad! Crisp apples mix with crunchy toasted walnuts and a sweet-tart dressing. It’s an easy side dish or add protein for a satisfying lunch!


Ingredients

For the apple walnut salad

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 crisp tart apple (like Pink Lady)
  • 8 cups mixed greens or tender lettuces (like butter or Bibb lettuce, frisee, etc)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 handful sliced red onion* (or shallot)
  • ¼ cup feta cheese crumbles (optional; not shown)

For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper (optional)
  • To make it a main: Blackened Chicken, Sauteed Shrimp, Baked Salmon, or Baked Tofu

Instructions

  1. Place the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant and slightly darker brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  2. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy dressing forms. (If desired, make in advance and refrigerate up to 2 weeks; bring to room temperature prior to serving).
  3. Thinly slice the apple.
  4. Place the greens on a large platter or individual plates. Top with apple slices, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, and red onion slices. If desired, add a sprinkle of feta cheese. Top with about 6 tablespoons of the dressing (or more as desired) and serve immediately. (To make ahead, keep all components separate with fresh ingredients and dressing refrigerated. Toss the apples with lemon juice to prevent browning. Bring dressing to room temperature and add all ingredients together directly before serving.)

Notes

*To remove some of the strong flavor of the red onion, you can soak it in cold water for 5 to 10 minutes before assembling the salad.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Apple walnut salad,

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Vegan Apple Crisp

This irresistible vegan apple crisp has warm, gooey apples and a golden oat-streusel topping! Made with simple plant-based ingredients, this…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

This irresistible vegan apple crisp has warm, gooey apples and a golden oat-streusel topping! Made with simple plant-based ingredients, this comforting dessert is the perfect treat.

Vegan Apple Crisp

Looking for a delicious dessert that no one will know is plant-based? This vegan apple crisp! Crisps and crumbles are simple to make into vegan treats, and this one is an absolute flavor explosion. Juicy, caramelized apples mingle with a golden oat topping, and topped with melty vanilla ice cream, it’s truly sensational. In fact, we like this one better than our standard apple crisp!

Ingredient notes for vegan apple crisp

Crisps and crumbles work well transformed into vegan desserts: in fact, most people wouldn’t even guess this one is plant-based! Vegan butter and coconut oil work well as substitutes for butter in a crumble. Here are a few notes about the ingredients:

  • Vegan butter: Vegan butter works well as a substitute for butter, and there are many great brands that are easy to find in US grocery stores (we like Miyokos). If desired, you can substitute coconut oil; we recommend using refined coconut oil which has a more subtle coconut flavor than unrefined.
  • All purpose flour: All purpose flour is our standard, but for gluten-free you can also use almond flour with great results. Go to Gluten-Free Apple Crisp.
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats: Use whole rolled oats for the best crisp texture; avoid instant oats here.
  • Brown sugar and granulated sugar: Using a mix of sugar types adds nuance to the flavor.
  • Cinnamon, ginger and allspice: This mix of cozy spices brings in a warm, comforting flavor.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch helps to thicken the filling. As a substitute, try arrowroot powder.
  • Lemon juice and zest: Citrus accentuates the fruit flavors, like salt does for savory foods. Don’t omit the lemon if you can: it really adds to the flavor here!
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract adds the final nuance in sweet flavor.
  • Sweet tart, crisp cooking apples: Tart apples are key; keep reading for our favorite apple types.
Vegan apple crisp

Best apples for vegan apple crisp

What’s the best type of apples to use in apple desserts like crisp and apple pie? Use firm, crisp sweet tart cooking apples. The acidity from a tart apple makes the sweet flavor pop, instead of tasty one-note. A firm texture is also helpful since the apples holds their shape when baking instead of becoming mushy.

Avoid varieties like Gala, Fuji or Red Delicious: they don’t perform well in crisps and crumbles. Here are a few of the varieties that shine in this vegan apple crisp recipe:

  • Pink Lady
  • Honeycrisp
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Ida Red

Make it into a vegan apple crumble

You can also make this into a vegan apple crumble recipe! Simply follow the instructions for the topping in this apple crumble recipe, which omits the oats for the classic crumble feel. Use vegan butter in place of the standard butter, and it comes together like a charm.

Vegan apple crisp recipe

How to serve it

Vegan apple crisp is a great dessert for any season: while it’s often served in fall or winter, it’s great in summer too! Like most crisps, the best topping is vanilla ice cream. The contrast of rich cream against the fruit filling is sublime! It’s pretty easy to find vegan ice cream at most well-stocked grocery stores in the US. Or you can make it homemade! The best options for topping vegan apple crisp are:

Leftover storage

This crisp tastes best the day it is baked, but it saves very well! The crisp texture holds up well over time. Here are best practices for how to store a crisp:

  • Keep it loosely covered at room temperature for 1 to 2 days. Keeping it loosely covered helps to maintain the crumble texture.
  • Refrigerate for up to 3 days. It holds up well in the fridge, and tastes even better when reheated.
  • Freeze up to 3 months. Freeze for up to 3 months in a sealed container. Reheat it in a 350°F oven until bubbly.
Vegan Apple Crisp

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Vegan Apple Crisp

Vegan Apple Crisp


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

This irresistible vegan apple crisp has warm, gooey apples and a golden oat-streusel topping! Made with simple plant-based ingredients, this comforting dessert is the perfect treat.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet tart, crisp cooking apples, about 6 cups (4 large or 6 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour (almond flour for gluten-free)
  • ¾ cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons cold vegan butter (or refined coconut oil), cut into pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Make the filling: Core, peel and thinly slice the apples. In a large bowl, combine the apples with the lemon juice, lemon zest, cornstarch, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, the ginger, and allspice in a large bowl and toss until well coated. Pour it into a 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 inch baking dish.
  3. In a separate bowl, make the crumble topping: stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and kosher salt. Add the vanilla and stir. Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl. Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix it into the dry ingredients until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It may take a while, so be patient; mix until all butter chunks are incorporated. 
  4. Evenly distribute the crumble over the top of the apples, breaking the topping into small crumbles as you add it.
  5. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until browned and bubbly. Cool for 1 hour. Then serve with vanilla ice cream. Stores refrigerated for 3 days or freeze up to 3 months in a sealed container. Reheat it in a 350°F oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Vegan apple crisp, vegan apple crisp recipe

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Apple Cranberry Crisp

This apple cranberry crisp is a delightful and easy dessert, with a sweet tart spiced fruit layer and golden buttery…

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This apple cranberry crisp is a delightful and easy dessert, with a sweet tart spiced fruit layer and golden buttery crumble topping!

Apple Cranberry Crisp

Apple crisp fans, here’s a dessert you might love even a little bit more: apple cranberry crisp! The tartness of fresh cranberries melds with sweet, comforting crisp apples in a cinnamon-spiced fruit layer. The berries add not just a zingy flavor but a beautiful bright red hue to the fruit, and it shines topped with golden buttery crisp crumbles. This is the perfect easy dessert to impress anyone in fall and winter, during the holidays or just a cozy dinner in.

Ingredients in apple cranberry crisp

This apple cranberry crisp is a spin on the classic apple dessert with a handful of fresh cranberries throw in the mix. In fact, it’s the perfect idea for using up leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving cranberry sauce (they last 3 to 4 weeks refrigerated). Or, buy a bag of fresh cranberries and use the rest of the bag in bread, muffins or a smoothie. Otherwise, you’ll need the typical cast of characters for a fruit crisp:

  • Sweet tart, crisp apples
  • Orange zest
  • Cornstarch
  • Granulated sugar and brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • All-purpose flour
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Butter

Make it into a crumble

You can also make this into an apple cranberry crumble recipe! Simply use the topping in this apple crumble recipe, which omits the oats for the classic crumble feel. Use the same cranberry apple fruit filling in the recipe below.

Apple Cranberry Crisp in pan with ice cream topping

Best apples for cranberry apple crisp

The best type of apples to use in cooking any apple dessert from crisp to apple pie are firm, crisp sweet tart cooking apples. A sweet tart apple is important because the acidity makes the sweet flavor in a dessert pop, versus have only one flavor note of sweet. The firm texture is also helpful since it holds its shape when baking, instead of becoming mushy. Avoid varieties like Gala, Fuji or Red Delicious: they don’t perform well in crisps and crumbles. Here are a few of the varieties that shine in an apple cranberry crisp recipe:

  • Pink Lady
  • Honeycrisp
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Ida Red

Using fresh, frozen or dried cranberries

This cranberry apple crisp recipe is best made with fresh cranberries. However, you can also use frozen cranberries as a substitute! Frozen berries work especially well in baked desserts like crisps and crumbles, where the layer is designed to simply cook down into a compote-like texture. You can even use frozen apples if you have them on hand.

We don’t recommend using dried cranberries in a cranberry apple crisp since the color and flavor of the fresh berries are so beautiful. But you can use them if you like, noting that the texture will be slightly different. Use half the amount of dried cranberries as fresh.

Cranberry apple crisp recipe in baking dish

How to serve apple cranberry crisp

Apple cranberry crisp is the perfect fall or winter dessert, ideal for serving as a Thanksgiving dessert, at Christmas, or for any meal. Like most crisps, the best topping is vanilla ice cream. The contrast of rich cream against the sweet tart cranberries is perfection! Or, use one of the following toppings:

Dietary swaps

A cranberry apple crisp is simple to make gluten-free or vegan, making it extremely versatile for serving guests with different dietary needs. Here are a few options:

  • Gluten-free: Swap out the all-purpose flour with almond flour: it works like a charm to make an irresistibly crunchy topping
  • Vegan / dairy-free: Use vegan butter or refined coconut oil in place of the butter, and use vegan vanilla ice cream as a topping.
Apple Cranberry Crisp recipe with measuring cup of cranberries

Leftover storage

Cranberry apple crisp tastes best the day it is made, but it saves very well! The crisp texture holds up well over time. Here are best practices for how to store a crisp:

  • Keep it loosely covered at room temperature for 1 to 2 days. Keeping it loosely covered helps to maintain the crumble texture.
  • Refrigerate for up to 3 days. It holds up well in the fridge, and tastes even better when reheated.
  • Freeze up to 3 months. Freeze for up to 3 months in a sealed container. Reheat it in a 350°F oven until bubbly.

More cranberry recipes

Got fresh or frozen cranberries? Here are a few more cranberry recipes to try:

This apple cranberry crisp recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free and vegan, see the notes above.

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Apple Cranberry Crisp


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

This apple cranberry crisp is a delightful and easy dessert, with a sweet tart spiced fruit layer and golden buttery crumble topping!


Ingredients

For the cranberry apple filling

  • 5 cups (4 medium to large or 1 1/2 pounds) sweet tart apples
  • 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries* (5 ounces)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon orange zest (optional; or ½ teaspoon lemon zest)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the topping

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour (or almond flour for gluten-free)
  • ¾ cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold unsalted or salted butter (or vegan butter**), cut into pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Make the filling: Core, peel and cut the apples into 1/2-inch chunks. Combine the apples with cranberries, orange zest, granulated sugar, cornstarch, orange zest and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a large bowl and toss until well coated. Pour into a 7 x 11 baking dish.
  3. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla, and kosher salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and then use a fork to mix it into the oats until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It may take a while so be patient; you can also use a fork or pastry cutter if you prefer. (If using coconut oil, it can be room temperature; use the same method to add it.) Pour the crumble on top and smooth it into an even layer with your fingers.
  4. Bake: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then serve warm. You can leave out your crisp on the counter for up to 1 day (covered, at night) so the crisp topping can stay crisp. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers. This crumble also freezes well for several months in a sealed container; reheat it in a 350°F oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.

Notes

*Dried cranberries can also work, but use only ¾ cup of the dried berries.

**You can also substitute room temperature refined coconut oil for a vegan crisp.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Baked
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Apple cranberry crisp, cranberry apple crisp

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Kale Slaw

This kale slaw with apple is a fresh and zingy side dish recipe! It’s tossed with a maple apple cider…

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This kale slaw with apple is a fresh and zingy side dish recipe! It’s tossed with a maple apple cider vinegar dressing and toasted almonds.

Kale Slaw

If you’re in the market for a simple side dish that makes eating vegetables delicious, here’s one for your back pocket: kale slaw with apples! This colorful mix of fresh veggies is simple to put together and tastes refreshingly sweet tart. It stars hearty kale, crisp apples, sweet carrot, and a zingy maple apple cider vinegar dressing. Toss the entire mixture with sliced toasted almonds to make it sing! This side dish is perfect for any meal in any season, from Thanksgiving to summer cookouts.

What you need for kale slaw

This kale slaw recipe has a short ingredient list and comes together quickly. The most time-consuming part is prepping the vegetables! Otherwise you’ll mix together a quick vinaigrette and toss it together with the veggies. Here’s what you’ll need (or jump to the recipe):

  • Fresh ingredients: Curly kale, red cabbage, carrot, crisp tart apple
  • Pantry ingredients: Olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard
  • Extra ingredients: Sliced almonds (optional)

You can also dress up this kale slaw any way you like. Use different nuts like pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts, or add dried cranberries or pomegranate arils.

Kale Slaw

Use curly kale, but Tuscan works

There are two main types of kale: curly kale and Tuscan kale (aka Lacinato or dinosaur). For most of our kale recipes, like a kale salad or even sauteed kale, we prefer Tuscan kale. This dark green Italian variety of kale has a milder flavor than curly kale, which can be very spicy. However, in this kale slaw recipe we’ve used the curly variety. Its bright green color and fluffy texture work well in a slaw, and it’s balanced by the tangy dressing. You can use either here, but we like curly! Here’s the difference:

  • Curly kale is brighter green and very curly. The flavor is bitter and spicy, and in its raw form it should be balanced with strong flavors.
  • Tuscan kale, aka Lacinato or dinosaur kale, has dark green, flat leaves and a mildly bitter flavor. It’s common in Italian dishes like this Tuscan White Bean Soup or Kale Soup.

Avoid using baby kale for a slaw. Baby kale is kale that’s harvested before it’s mature and sold in boxes in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. It’s much more tender, with a texture more like spinach, and doesn’t work in a slaw.

A few tips on cutting matchsticks

This kale slaw calls for an apple cut into matchsticks, which can be tricky at first if you’ve never done it before! The graphic below shows how to quickly slice an apple, then you’ll need to stack the slices and thinly slice sticks. Here’s what to do:

  • Set the apple upright and cut off each of the four sides around the core.
  • Place each slide on its flat edge and slice into thin slices.
  • Place several slices together on their side and slice into thin sticks.
How to slice apples

Ways to serve kale slaw

This kale slaw recipe works with many different types of main dishes and in different seasons, making it ultra versatile. Here are a few ways to serve it:

Kale Apple Slaw

Storage and make ahead info

This kale apple slaw recipe stores up to 4 days refrigerated. The robust texture of the curly kale holds up well over time. The only thing you’ll want to be wary of is the almonds, if you’re using them. The almonds grow soggy over time if refrigerated.

To keep crunchy almonds, store them in a separate container at room temperature. Add the almonds directly before serving.

More kale recipes

This kale slaw is a fun and simple kale recipe for infusing your life with this leafy green! Here are a few more tasty kale recipes you’ll love:

This kale slaw recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Kale Slaw

Kale Slaw


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6

Description

This kale slaw with apple is a fresh and zingy side dish recipe! It’s tossed with a maple apple cider vinegar dressing and toasted almonds.


Ingredients

  • 6 cups chopped curly kale
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 crisp tart apple, thinly sliced and chopped into matchsticks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup, honey or sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop the kale, red cabbage, carrot, and apple as noted above. Place them in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and kosher salt. Pour the dressing onto the vegetables and toss to combine.
  3. If desired, toast the almonds and toss them into the slaw just before serving. Stores up to 4 days refrigerated. (For crunchy almonds, store them in a separate container at room temperature and add directly before serving).
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Kale slaw, kale apple slaw

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Apple Pie Bars

This apple pie bars recipe is easy and full of cozy flavor, with a spiced fruit filling, streusel topping, and…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

This apple pie bars recipe is easy and full of cozy flavor, with a spiced fruit filling, streusel topping, and tasty maple glaze!

Apple Pie Bars

Looking for an easy dessert that will have everyone talking? Try this apple pie bars recipe! It’s simple to whip up this handheld treat: the same dough makes a sturdy bottom crust and buttery crumbles of streusel topping! Sandwiched in between the layers is a cinnamon-spiced apple filling, and it’s topped with a sweet maple icing drizzle that tastes a bit like melty vanilla ice cream. These are absolutely fabulous and one of our favorite fall desserts yet.

What you need for apple pie bars

These apple pie bars are and easy dessert for several reasons: there’s no special equipment required, the peeling and slicing time is minimal, and the same dough makes the crust and crumble topping. It bakes up in a square pan, making 16 servings delightful handheld apple pie slices. Bars are great for holidays and pitch ins because they’re both easy to serve and make: and we’d make these any day of the year!

Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe, grouped by type (or jump to the recipe):

  • Baking ingredients: All purpose flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, Old Fashioned rolled oats, cornstarch, kosher salt
  • Spices: Cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Dairy: Unsalted butter
  • Fruits: Apples, lemon juice
  • Baking pan: 8 x 8 inch [20 cm] or 9 x 9 inch [22 cm]
  • Time: 25 minutes to prep, 1 hour to bake, 1 ½ to 2 hours to cool, 10 minutes to cut and glaze
Apple bars

Best type of apples for cookies

The best variety of fruit for apple pie bars is the same as any baked apple recipe (like cobbler, cookies, or crisp): select a firm, crisp tart apple. The tartness accents the sweet crust and topping, and the crisp texture helps it hold its shape while baking. Other apple varieties can end up in a mushy filling that’s not nearly as satisfying. Here are some of the best types apples for baking and cooking:

  • Pink Lady
  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Granny Smith
  • Honeycrisp
Apple bars

Tips for apple pie bars

Apple pie bars are almost like an apple crumble with a bottom crust. They’re simple to make, but just a few tips to know the process.

  • Grease the pan, then line it with parchment paper. This makes them easy to remove from the pan. Cut the parchment so that it extends on two sides to easily remove it from the pan. Greasing the entire pan helps the parchment stick to the bottom.
  • Allow the bars to cool to room temperature before glazing. This lets the texture set, firming it up so it’s the ideal texture for eating. If you’d like to speed up the process, you can cool for about 30 minutes at room temperature then refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Cut into squares before glazing. We like cutting into 16 even squares first, then glazing the individual bars.

For the maple glaze

The best part of these apple pie bars, in our opinion, is the simple maple glaze! It tastes almost like that melty vanilla ice cream on the top of the pie. You can leave it out if desired, but we think it really takes these bars over the top.

The maple glaze has just a few ingredients and comes together quickly: just powdered sugar, butter, milk, maple syrup, and maple extract. The maple extract brings a bold, maple-forward flavor to the icing and we recommend finding it if at all possible! But you can leave it out if desired: it still tastes great.

Apple Pie Bars

Dietary swaps

A few simple swaps make these into vegan apple pie bars! Simply use vegan butter or refined coconut oil in place of butter. Do the same in the maple glaze, and use oat milk or your favorite non-dairy milk for the milk.

To make gluten-free apple pie bars, use almond flour in place of all-purpose flour. The texture will be slightly different, but it’s still delicious! Almond flour works well to make gluten-free crisps and crumbles, like this Gluten Free Apple Crisp.

Storage info

Storage for apple pie bars is tricky because of the moisture in the apples and the glaze. They last for 1 day at room temperature if iced and 2 days if unfrosted, loosely covered (or place a paper towel instead a container to reduce moisture). But it’s best to store them refrigerated if possible. Make sure to store them with parchment paper between each layer so they don’t stick to each other. These apple bars last:

  • 1 day at room temperature, loosely covered or with a paper towel inside the container to reduce moisture; 2 days if unfrosted
  • 1 week refrigerated, bringing them to room temperature before serving
  • 3 months frozen
Apple Pie Bars

More apple recipes

And that’s it! These apple bars are one of our favorite easy dessert recipes to make with this crisp tart fruit. They’re perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, fall, or anytime you need a simple treat. Here are a few more tasty apple recipes we love, from desserts to breakfast:

This apple pie bars recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, use vegan butter. For gluten-free, use almond flour.

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Apple pie bars

Easy Apple Pie Bars


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16

Description

This apple pie bars recipe is easy and full of cozy flavor, with a spiced fruit filling, streusel topping, and tasty maple glaze!


Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup (175 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, sliced into small pieces
  • 4 cups crisp tart baking apples (about 4 medium), peeled and thinly sliced (1/4-inch thick)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 recipe Maple Glaze

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 baking dish. Line the pan with a piece of parchment paper, cut so that it extends on two sides to easily remove it from the pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, oats, and kosher salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or fork. As it incorporates, use fingers to knead until it becomes an even, consistent dough with no more dry bits of flour (this takes a while, so be patient!). Use your fingers to crumble it into small crumbles and measure out 1 ½ cup for the topping.
  3. Pour the remaining crumbles into the prepared pan, and press it into an even layer for the crust of the bars. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press in the dough and make it flat and even.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix the peeled and sliced apples, granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread them in an even layer over the crust.
  5. Add the reserved crumbles over the top in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, until the top and edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on cooling rack for 20 to 30 minutes, then lift out the bars with the parchment. If desired transfer to the refrigerator and for 1 hour, or simply cool to room temperature on the counter.
  7. Once the bars are room temperature, cut into 16 even squares. Drizzle on Maple Glaze with a fork, if desired. Store bars up to 1 day at room temperature, 1 week refrigerated (with parchment paper between the layers if stacked; bring to room temperature before serving), or 3 months frozen.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Apple pie bars, apple bars, apple pie bars recipe

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