Some of my favorite fall breakfasts start with apples. Check out these 10 Breakfast Recipes with Apples for inspiration!

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I had been holding onto summer with a tight grip, not wanting those beautiful, more carefree days to end. But then our girls went back to school a week earlier than usual. And we hosted an autumn-themed gathering of friends in our back yard over Labor Day weekend, complete with smoky grilled pork chops, delicious fall salads, and tender apple peanut butter cookies. We poured glasses of harvest apple sangria and popped the tops off of locally brewed bottles of Oktoberfest that swam lazily in a galvanized tub of melting ice, succumbing to the sweltering heat.

That evening of food and friendship, heavy on laughter, was immediately followed up by a week of cooler weather. Leaves started disengaging from their branches. There was talk of picking apples and attending fall festivals. My morning and evening walks now nudged me to cover my arms with a light sweatshirt. And BAM. I find myself yielding to the new season, looking forward to jeans and tall boots, comfy sweaters and flannel shirts…simply finding the joy in the here and now.

One of the very best things about fall is fresh, local apples, and I know that my heart is bound by a bit of nostalgia as I seek out my favorite Haralson variety each year. These are the apples I grew up with on the farm in South Dakota, what my taste buds have been trained to crave when the weather turns cooler. Firm and tart, they are the perfect baking apple, holding their shape quite nicely after being placed in the oven. Because, really, who likes a mushy apple crisp?

Here are 10 Breakfast Recipes with Apples, a list of yumminess to start your fall mornings out right. C’mon. Enjoy this beautiful season with me!

from top to bottom, left to right:

Overnight Baked Apple Oatmeal with Crunchy Brown Sugar Streusel

Chunky Homemade Applesauce

Apple Breakfast Cake from Add a Pinch

Apple Oatmeal Pancakes with Caramel Buttermilk Syrup

Caramel Apple Sweet Rolls from The Pioneer Woman

Grandma Barb’s Apple Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Apple Chips from Fifteen Spatulas

Jessica’s Banana Apple Bran Muffins

Apple French Toast Bake from Minimalist Baker

collage of Breakfast Recipes that include Apples