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5 easy apple recipes for Rosh Hashanah to make your New Year healthy and sweet


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Fall’s status as an unofficial time to reset isn’t due to just the new moon and back-to-business productivity goals; it’s also when Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, takes place.

To celebrate this holiday, it’s traditional to eat apples dipped in honey (yum!) to symbolize a sweet start to the New Year. The meaningful sentiment (attached to a delicious treat, no less) is a great, positive mindfulness exercise, regardless of whether you observe Rosh Hashanah.

Tonight’s sundown marks the beginning of the holiday, which lasts until sundown on September 22, so now’s the perfect time to get your fill of the antioxidant-rich fruit. Below is a roundup of healthy and tasty recipes (including vegan, gluten-free and Paleo options) to get your apple juices flowing.

Keep scrolling to check out 5 apple-packed recipes.

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1. No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter

A homemade apple butter is a great spread to keep out on the holiday table (especially with no sugars added!). Smear on any and all vessels—apples, Paleo crackers, banana bread—really anything.

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2. Apple Pear Cake

An apple pear cake is already a crowd-pleaser, but this recipe is especially fitting for the Rosh Hashanah festivities, as it uses honey instead of sugar.

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3. Vegan Twice Baked Maple Pecan Apples

This recipe is like the caramel apples of your childhood (minus the cavities and endless amounts of added sugar). Bonus: It’s vegan!

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4. Cinnamon Apple Cake

Paleo-friendly and gluten-free, this cake is the baked version of all the best parts of fall—apple picking, cinnamon everything, and honey.

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5. Easy Apple Baklava Bites

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Since the traditional apples-and-honey pairing is an easy finger food, stay on theme with these apple baklava bites.

For help with your holiday celebrations, here’s how to throw a stress-free party and how to do a post-holiday mental and physical detox