I am very grateful to have a bounty of berries and other fruit to store away for winter meals.
I must admit that these apples (above) are not a big thrill. They mature early-- in the July heatwave-- and are a fave with the tent-butterflies, wasps, bunnies, deer and crows. I also hear they attract bears. The fruit goes punky on the tree and falls off.
BUT if I take them in and process them (as in juice for breakfast, apple chunks in freezer bags and canned apple butter) we surely enjoy the results and soon overlook the minor hardships.
This recipe for apple butter is tasty and healthy-- I didn't add any sweetener just 3 teaspoons of cinnamon and a 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder. Use it in oatmeal, vegan yogurt, on muffins, toast and bagels. Yummy and smooth as silk.
Apples (however many you need to fill your crockpot or Instant Pot. I filled a pint-sized mason jar (2 cups) and had enough for a small fridge storage bowl and some sample butter for the yogurt (above pic) for my hubby and myself.
Cinnamon and Ginger (and/or nutmeg)
Wash, core and chop into pieces that are pretty close to the same side. I left the skin on. If your apples are not organic, you will likely want to peel them. (about 10-18 apples to fill your particular size of crockpot.)
Put apple chunks in a crockpot on high for 4 hours.
Carefully blend with an immersion blender or in your regular blender carafe in batches. This will be super scalding hot so take care with the blender. A couple of small batches is a good idea.
ADD in the spices during this step. I use about thee teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of ginger. You may want to add more. Taste and see.
Wash out your crockpot liner (yeah, I know) and put the pureed apples in.
Turn pot to high again for another hour. At the end of the hour you may want to put it into a wide-mouth mason jar and let it cool completely before putting in your fridge or freezer. You may also want to can your apple butter. Either way, you will enjoy this spicy healthy treat!
My favourite childhood cookie,
baked by my maternal gran
purchased in the bakery at Safeway--
now you can bake the vegan version--
just as yummy and kinder
with way less sugar
than the hermits at Safeway.
*Click on the cookies above
to go to the recipe*