[VIDEO]: An apple a day...really?

IT'S APPLE SEASON! Okay, sometimes I eat apples year-round (it's the best way to sweeten up a slaw or green juice, anyone else?). You know I'm a believer in seasonal eating, but there are times I make an exception. Guilty as charged. Yet there's something about fall apples that make me feel so cozy and warm, and they taste so much more, well, apple-y.

I spent a few incredible days visiting my brother in Vermont, and came home with a carry-on filled mostly with apples (priorites, people!). A few were muched in between meals, but there was no escaping the inevitable: if I didn't find a way to use all the apples in a recipe, fast, they were gonna get tossed. 

Enter my recipe for an easy Spiced Apple Compote. This was made with ingredients I had laying around the house, and made eating these apples up an absolute treat in every sense of the word. And before you start questioning whether an apple a day really keeps the doctor away, watch this episode of Michelle's Monday Minute...enjoy and share!

Spiced Apple Compote
Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients:
8 small apples (or 6 large)
3 tbsp. filtered water
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. coconut sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Peel, core, and cut apples into a medium dice. Place in small saucepan with water over medium heat until bubbling. Stir, cover, and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking for 15 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Once most of the apples have broken down with some whole pieces remaining, stir in lemon juice, coconut sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Continue cooking uncovered for 5 minutes longer until some of the liquid has evaporated and flavors are well incorporated. 
  3. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Can be eaten cold or warmed up!

Notes

  • You can mix up the spices to your liking. Try adding ground cloves, ground ginger, or allspice.
  • Will last in the fridge sealed in a jar for 1 week.