Slow Cooker Rum Apple Butter

Wow, I think I’m on a slow cooker role! Last week the Slow Cooker Lime Pulled Pork, now this apple butter recipe… But it’s so easy and versatile!

I was invited to a bunch of pot-luck style things this weekend – a housewarming, a picnic, and then I hosted my own Eurovision Party (to which though nobody showed up… But that’s a different story!) – so I had to come up with something I could bring to all of these events. And thus the idea of making apple butter was born (fyi, I plan to make a crepe cake with apple butter layers soon. No idea how it’s going to turn out, but we shall see).

The only ~difficult~ part of this recipe was peeling and cutting all the apples. Everything else was just wait and stir!

 

Ingredients:

  • ~4.5 lbs apples (I used granny smith and… another kind that I don’t remember)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 packs of vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark rum

Recipe:

  1. Peel and cut the apples into cubes
  2. Mix with sugar, cinnamon, clove, salt and vanilla sugar in slow cooker
  3. Cover and cook for approx. 6 hours on high, stirring every hour or so
  4. Uncover the slow cooker, add the rum, stir, and cook for another hour uncovered while high
  5. Turn slow cooker off, let cool down some and store in refrigerator

I put my apple butter in little mason jars that are an AMAZING gift! The rum cooks off but adds to the flavor. So far, I’ve eaten the apple butter with bananas and toast, but I’m sure it would work great in a smoothie, oatmeal… you name it!


Hope you enjoy it and let me know how you used it 🙂

Fall Apple Pumpkin Smoothie

Aaaah, Fall. My favorite season. The turning of the leaves, cooler weather, and most importantly: Halloween!

This morning’s smoothie is inspired by all the fall-flavored drinks and snacks I’ve been encountering over the past few days. On Monday I had this amazing apple-cinnamon cocktail and knew I somehow wanted to make a smoothie similar to it!

As usual, this smoothie is dairy-free and full of healthy fruits and vegetables (squash is a veggie, right? I actually just learned that pumpkin purée isn’t actually pumpkin – it’s just squash!). It’s also a vibrant orange color, just waiting to get you all excited about October!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Apple, sliced
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin purée 
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup cashew or almond milk
  • if desired, flavorless (or cinnamon-flavored) protein powder

Add everything to your blender, mix well (make sure the apple is well incorporated) and enjoy!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Watermelon Kiwi Smoothie

I still have so much watermelon left over from my weekend watermelon salad and have been thinking about other ways of incorporating it into my meals.

This morning I just did my usual smoothie preparation – take anything that looked good and added it to my blender. The result was quite delicious!


So here is my recipe for a late summer smoothie!
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 cups cashew (or almond) milk
  • 1.5 tbsp peanut butter

Add to blender, give it a good mix, and enjoy this refreshing smoothie!

 Antioxidant loaded morning smoothie

Hey friends, hello!

Boy have these past weeks been something. I’ve been under constant stress for quite some while and my body decided to finally fight back by giving me a throat ulcer (if you’ve never had one – be happy. It’s like an extremely bad sore throat but there’s nothing you can do about it other than wait). My doctor recommended I sip on some pomegranate juice, so I thought to myself: how can I incorporate it into my daily morning smoothie routine? 


And so was born my newest smoothie creation! It’s packed with healthy blueberries and nectarines, and I added some throat soothing tea to make myself feel extra good!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/8 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 nectarine
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries 
  • 1 cup cold tea
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

As usual, add all ingredients to a blender, mix, and enjoy immediately!

Almond Spinach Smoothie

Good morning!

I’ve been meaning to make some vegan cookie dough to snack on (and if I do, I’ll post the recipe soon!), so I went to the grocery store and bought some almond butter last night. 

This morning I decided that I was getting tired of always using peanut butter in my smoothies, so I decided to switch it up some and try my newly acquired almond butter. And let me tell you, did it taste fantastic!

So here it is, another quick and healthy morning smoothie recipe!


Ingredients: 

  • 1 tbsp unsalted almond butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • handful of tightly packed spinach
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Blend, serve and enjoy! 

Chocolate Pear Avocado Smoothie

Hey hey hello, and happy Monday!

I spent the past weekend in Boston and came home late Sunday evening to an almost empty kitchen. All I had was an avocado that I probably should have eaten last week, a can of pears, some coconut milk, dates, spinach, chia seeds, and my usual protein powder (and some tomatoes but those were not gonna find their way into a smoothie!)

I’m a huge fan of pear-chocolate things, and an avocado is always a good base for smoothies. Add in some dates, liquid, and spinach and chia seeds for that extra health boost and there you have it: a super healthy and yet tasty and filling morning smoothie!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado 
  • 1 handful of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened iced green tea
  • 1/2 can of sweetened pears
  • 2-3 dates if extra sweetness desired
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Add to the blender, mix, and immediately serve! 

Have a great week everyone; my life is super busy at the moment but I am definitely trying to update this blog more often!

Green Banana Peach Smoothie

My stomach has been acting up a bit lately (gonna blame it on the combination of German food, beer and a huge burrito over the past few days), so this morning I was craving something healthy that would also soothe my stomach a bit.

I had bought some peaches last week that desperately needed to be used up, and ginger always seems to work wonders whenever I experience nausea. I wasn’t planning on posting this smoothie since it’s so simple, but I really enjoyed it and thus decided to share.

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh peach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 cups cold/iced green tea

Add everything to a blender, mix for 1-2 minutes and serve right away. And most importantly: have a great Wednesday everyone!