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

Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia

Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia is light and refreshing and the perfect beverage for all your outdoor gatherings this Spring and Summer.

 


Strawberry Lemonade made with Stevia is delicious without any added sugar and makes a refreshing beverage for al fresco dining!

Hello Spring! I sense everyone is enthusiatic about welcoming warmer weather, and all that the rejuvenating seasonbrings. The Recipe Redux wants you to celebrate with healthy recipes for enjoying al fresco (National Picnic Day is April 23). Let’s get started with something strawberry!  It’s perfectly convenient that this fragrant edible berry is in season the same time we are heading  back outside to garden, to barbecue, and to reap the benefits of some good old fashioned fresh air. Ahhh! Doesn’t it feel good?!!!

Strawberries are not only a healthy and delicious stand alone snack but a versatile fruit that can be the  used in a myriad of recipes, like spring salads and desserts . I’m going to keep this real simple with a  homemade strawberry lemonade made light with Stevia. It’s a slim 70 calories per each refreshing 8 ounces,  and has no added sugar!  Whether you’re planning a brunch or a backyard barbeque, this  light beverage is sure to fit in!

What are your favorite al fresco foods?

Be sure to visit more links at the bottom of this post to see what my colleagues are bringing to their outdoor gatherings this picnic season.

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Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia

Strawberrry Lemonade with Stevia

A light freshing lemonade with no added sugar .

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Beverage

Ingredients

  • 10 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered organic stevia
  • 8 cups filtered water
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Puree strawberries in a blender.
  2. In a large pitcher, add strawberries, lemon juice, Stevia and water. Stir.
  3. Serve over ice tall ice tea or high ball glasses.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 70
  • Sugar: 10 grams
  • Sodium: 0
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 17 grams
  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Cholesterol: 0

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