So, this week's prompt was a favorite healthy recipe. I'm going to share one of my favorite ways of sneaking some fruits in. Apple butter. It just sounds indulgent, but really it is really great for you. Apples are great for you. They're a fabulous source of fiber, some great vitamins and they really taste amazing. The best part about this recipe is that it is unsweetened, it lets the natural sweetness of the apples shine through and it could not be easier to make!
- 10 medium - large apples, cored but with skins on - I used a variety of apples to have more flavor. Avoid grannysmith - they're quite tart and we're going for sweet. Empire, Macintosh, Cortland, Gala, Pink Lady etc all work great.
- 1 Heaping tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ginger
Core and roughly chop the apples, leaving the skins on. Put them in an ovenproof pot with about 1" of water in the bottom of the pan. Boil/steam apples until tender. Puree with immersion blender (can be done in a normal blender too I assume) until smooth. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. While oven is preheating continue to boil the pureed apples and stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. When oven is preheated, move the pot (covered) to the oven and bake for 2-3 hours. Stir every half hour or so. It will turn a deep brown color and get thick.
I love the apple butter smeared on toast, on pumpkin bread, with cheddar cheese, in my oatmeal, on ice cream...the possibilities are endless. Yum!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!