[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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving. Can be eaten cold or warmed up!
- 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.