Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Slow Cooker Baked Apples are a healthy and delicious holiday dessert prepped in only 10 minutes; your slow cooker does the rest!  Let your guest customize the warm fruit dessert with a myriad of topping options such as ice cream, maple syrup, honey, walnut oil,  whipped cream, or cheddar cheese.
I’m a traditionalist, and holidays are filled with time honored classics. But each year I tweek my menu trying to create  a healthier holiday.  What is a ‘healthier holiday’? For me, it’s one with less sugar, more vegetables, more whole grains, and less saturated fat. It’s a  meal that reflects the way I eat everyday day of the year.   This year  I’m stoked about my apple pie makeover  for Thanksgiving dessert: a slow cooker baked  apple with an assortment of toppings for my guests to customize to their liking : walnut oil, maple syrup, ice cream, honey, cheddar cheese, whipped cream. Even befor the toppings, it’s  satisfying for those with a sweet tooth and appropriate for a myriad of deit restrictions/choices/palates including  gluten free and vegan .

Make it  in the slow cooker, so it doesn’t compete for oven time on your busy cooking day. I suggest assembling a toppings bar to allow your guests to  have fun finishing off their own custom baked apples.  Note: Just to be sure you have some leftovers, you might want to add a few more apples to the slow cooker;  they are a great accompaniment to oatmeal and pancakes.

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Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Slow Cooker Baked Apple

Warm apples with cinnamon and ginger are easy to make in the slow cooker, and allow your guest to customize the toppings according to their preferences and dietary restrictions/goals.

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 8 honey crisp apples
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 tablespoons dry old fashioned oats (gluten free varitey for gluten free diets)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 4 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Core apples .
  2. Mix cinnamon, ginger, oats, nuts, raisins and salt in a small prep bowl.
  3. Fill  the apples with spice/nut mix and place in a the bottom of 3 quart slow cooker.
  4. Add water to the bottom of slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Serve immediately or keep on warm setting until ready to serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 apple
  • Calories: 130
  • Sugar: 19 grams
  • Sodium: 75 mg
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 28 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0

Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot 2015

Wrightsville Beach Turkey TrotA cool way to spend my Thanksgiving morning, raising money for  Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity! The annual Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot had 2500 runners this year and raised enough money for a new Habitat house! The course was familiar to locals,  the Loop at Wrightsville Beach (with a slight modification to make the 5K distance). IMHO, the weather could not have been more perfect  for running at the beach!

Of course, no run is complete without some fun costumes. The folks of Nelson’s Bay Oysters scored  first place with their Oyster Roast getups.Wrightsville Beach Turkey TrotHow cute are they?  And then there’s this canine. That face, though!

Wrightsville Beach Turkey TrotIn addition to admiring Thanksgiving themed costumes and  chatting with friends and neighbors, crossing the finish line was another highlight for  many runners, myself included. This race proved to be my fastest 5K so far, finishing in 23:35 for a  pace of 7:35 per mile  and good enough for first in the Women’s Grand Masters. More race results here.Wrightsville Beach Turkey TrotI have so much to be thankful for, including opportunities that promote the importance of wellness through exercise, nutrition and giving back. Happy Thanksgiving!

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