One of the ways I'm using up all our apples this year is by drying them. Before we made this decision to use our own untreated apples, I would have bought some local orchard apples to dry for the winter but these are ours free and clear. I honestly wasn't looking forward to preparing them because of their little size (still haven't got over my aversion to peeling little apples, just trying not to gripe about it!) So I did a batch with the peel on- just to see how they would turn out. The dried peel made them a little too chewy to use in re-hydrated recipes but they will be fine for one of my favorite uses- trail mix. In fact, I like the chewy texture and the idea that I'm still getting the fiber benefits from the peel. Plus, chewing longer is a great way to reduce calories! Win!
I make trail mix using the basic granola recipe that I use for breakfast cereal and yogurt topping- just add in some trail goodies, like dried fruit and chocolate, after it's baked and cool. It's so easy to make and I've gotten several tasks out of the way at one go!