Now that's it's October, it's the perfecting time to go apple picking, stock up on all those hearty, apple varieties, and to really embrace the fall season. From honey crisp and fuji, to gala and pink lady, and to all the other apples you've heard of but might not be too familiar with (jonagold or braeburn, anyone?), now's your chance to explore those different tastes and textures.

And, believe it, these apples really do differ in terms of cooking style, flavor, and crispness. Still, there's no denying it: No matter the way you use them, they are bound to make for some tasty, impressive recipes fit to wow a crowd. (Like this apple Frangipane tart for dessert.)

Here are 5 apple recipes to use for your next holiday gathering or potluck dinner.

As a Slow Cooker Crisp

Looking for a warm, gooey, apple crisp recipe that'll really stick to your bones? This healthy slow cooker crisp is just what you need. And, it's actually really good for you, as the oats provide fast-acting energy, while the apples supply a heavy dose of fiber to keep you full and regular. What's more, you can even use coconut oil for some heart-healthy fats.

This slow cooker recipe is incredibly versatile, too. You can use it as an oatmeal topper for yogurts or you can satisfy your sweet tooth by adding some vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce to the mix.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

As an Apple Pancake

Perfect for Sunday morning brunch, these apple pie pancakes are light and fluffy and are even gluten-free, making them suitable for those with an intolerance or Celiac disease. And, beyond being diet-friendly, the ingredients are actually pretty good for you. Greek yogurt provides protein to keep you full and raw honey add some sweetness, naturally.

Plus, if you're looking for a few other weekend brunch ideas, these matcha pancakes are also light and delicious.

Get the recipe: Apple Pie Pancakes

Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Drinking homemade apple cider is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly, autumn evening. And, it makes for an excellent party drink. So, if you're inviting friends over for a holiday party this fall, you'll want to whip up a batch.

What's more, apple cider leaves room for experimentation with various spices, such as cinnamon, cardamon, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, and more. And, it's easy to make. You don't need to worry about taking the stems off the apples before popping in the slow cooker, and once in, you can sit back and relax until it's done.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Homemade Apple Cider

In A Salad

Apples on top a salad add a crisp texture, making that salad feel light and refreshing. And, it pairs really well with some crunch, in the form of nuts, croutons, or seeds.

Plus, apples are in prime picking season for fall, so this could be a great appetizer salad for a Thanksgiving meal or festive, fall gathering. And, this recipe calls for pumpkin turmeric dressing, another fall staple that adds a savory and spicy punch. (Here are a few ways to use pumpkin in your cooking this fall season.)

Get the recipe: Kale Quinoa Salad With Pumpkin Turmeric Dressing

As An Oat Bar

The great thing about apple oat bars? They can be indulgent, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for dessert, or they can be a healthy snack, for when you're in need of a pre-workout snack or afternoon munchies fix. (Btw, a great ice cream to pair with these bars has coconut and pumpkin flavors.)

And, what's more, these apple crumble bars are paleo and gluten-free, meaning they are suitable for those looking for low-carb snacks and who have Celiac disease. Plus, they have lots of healthy fats, thanks to pecans, almond butter, and coconut, so you'll feel fuller longer. And, here are a few more ways to use coconut in your cooking.

Get the recipe: Apple Crumb Bars

About the Author

Isadora Baum

Isadora Baum is a freelance writer, author, and certified health coach. She writes for various magazines, such as Bustle, SHAPE, Men's Health, Women's Health, Health, Prevention, POPSUGAR, Runner's World, Reader's Digest, and more. She is also the author of 5-Minute Energy with Simon & Schuster. She can't resist a good sample, a killer margarita, a new HIIT class, or an easy laugh. Beyond magazines, she helps grow businesses through blogging and content marketing strategy. To read her work or inquire, please visit her website: