It's that time of year again. The time when you have more apples than you know what to do with...Before throwing them away or grabbing the pie crust, try some of these healthy goodies you can make with any of your leftover apples.
If you want additional ideas, read our first blogpost about using up leftover apples here.
A cool thing about this recipe is that you can use bruised or beat up apples so that you don't have to throw them out ! If you've never had apple butter, you are missing out! Traditional apple butter is a fruity spread with lots of added sugar, but this apple butter only contains the natural sugar from the apples and is perfectly sweet enough. You can use up A LOT of apples with this recipe so its great for if you have a lot of them lying around.
Makes 16-20 oz
3 lbs. apples
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup water
Core and chop the apples and place them in the bowl of your slow cooker. Add in the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and water then cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until the apples fall apart when prodded with a fork.
Use an immersion blender or potato masher to puree the cooked apples into "applesauce". (If you chose to peel the apples, using a fork or potato masher will be a lot easier)
Loosely cover the pot again, leaving a vent for steam, and set the slow cooker on low for another 6 to 8 hours (applesauce will reduce by about half).
Once the apple butter is thick and spreadable, transfer it to a glass jar and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. Serve the apple butter on toast, pancakes, waffles, or use as a dressing for meats or salads.
Healthy snack idea: Apple nut butter "sandwich"
Perfect idea for an afternoon snack to get you over the mid-day slump. Use an apple corer to remove the core of the apple, then slice into flat rounds. Layer two slices with peanut butter or almond butter, then optionally add on berries or granola. Close it into a sandwich (or leave 'open faced') and you have an apple bagel sandwich.
Healthier Apple Sangria
Everyone will love that this Sangria is detoxifying, autumn flavor inspired, and low in sugar and calories!
You will need:
- 3 cups red or white wine
- 2 scoops of NM Cleanse (apple cinnamon taste) OR NM Vitality (mixed berry taste)
- 2 cups flavored seltzer of choice
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1 cup of cranberries
- 1 orange cut up
- stevia or coconut sugar to taste
- Add apples, oranges, cranberries, NutrishMix of choice, and sweetener if using to a large pitcher and muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon for 45 seconds.
- Add seltzer and wine and muddle again to combine for 30 seconds.
- Add ice and stir once more to chill.
- Serve, and store leftovers for up to 48 hours.
Comment below any good ideas we haven't mentioned, and don't forget to share these ideas with your friends!