Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Baked Apples

I LOVE baked apples and this was a healthy treat for me while I'm cutting back on sweets. 

Simple, easy and delicious! Let the crockpot do your cookin' for you!

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I saw the recipe at Cristy Jordan's Southern Plate.  You just gotta love that woman...so humble, down-to-earth and her love for family is so special. This recipe came from her granny...one passed down for generations, so you know it's gotta be awesome.

I reduced the sugar amount...drizzled with some agave nectar...added less water, skipped the butter and used fresh nutmeg instead of allspice.  There are many options in this recipe to make it your own...to fit your dietary needs or wants!  Add nuts or use raisins instead of cranberries, etc. etc. 

These apples were wonderfully sweet and the house smelled so amazing while they cooked. 

If you click on the Southern Plate link above, you can see how Cristy made these...step by step.  And she gives you options to bake in the oven as well.  Please stop over and say 'Hey' to her!

I don't use it often, but am so thankful for my apple corer that made it much easier to core these babies. 

The recipe gives amounts for EACH apple, so you can make, or few, as many as will fit in your crockpot. 


OLD FASHIONED SLOW COOKER BAKED APPLES 

4 - 6 apples
1/3 - 1/2 c. apple juice, cider or water

For each apple:

1 Tb. (dark) brown sugar
(I used half xylitol with 1/2 tsp. molasses)
1 Tb. dried craisins or raisins
1/2 tsp. cinnamon and a few shakes of allspice
(or some fresh nutmeg)
1 Tb. butter, optional
agave nectar or honey, to taste

Core each apple (I went all the way through the bottom) and peel a strip from around the top of each one (about 1"). Place in bottom of slow cooker.

In small bowl, combine brown sugar, craisins and spices; stir until combined.

Stuff each apple with filling, all the way to the top, pressing down to make room for more. Place the butter on top. (Drizzle with agave nectar or honey over tops of apples, optional) Pour water into bottom of slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours or high 2-3 hours, or until tender. 

Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream and maybe some caramel syrup, or just be sure to serve some of the beautiful 'syrup' in the bottom of the crockpot on top of your apple. 

I love mine warm!! MMM!! SO comforting!



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