Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Crockpot Apples

by Christi Jardine- Provident Living Leader

We have 3 apple trees in our yard and by this time of year the apples are getting softer and not as good to eat fresh but are fantastic to cook with. Here is one of my favorite healthy ways to use up these apples. 

This week I added a 1/2 a bag of fresh cranberries. It made wonderful chunky cran/apple sauce. If your family likes smooth more than chunk, put the cranberries in the blender to chop them up before adding to the crock pot. Give it a try. It makes your house smell great! This week I might add a cup of blueberries from our berry order. 

Here is the recipe:

Peel and core enough apples to fill your crock-pot. Golden delicious apples work well because they are already sweet. (If you use a tart apple you will have to add sugar or another sweetener of your choice, to taste.) Sprinkle with cinnamon and enough sugar to taste and cook on low for 4-8 hours. Stir to mix up apples and juice.  Serve warm. Yum!

*Sometimes, I start this at night and when we wake up it makes a great warm breakfast with toast on a cold winter’s day. It also makes your house smell wonderful! The leftovers are  great to take to school in a small plastic container. On a snowy day the kids love to come home to a warm bowl of apples. It makes a healthy after school snack.