today for breakfast i made this chocolate chip protein oatmeal bake! it was really easy to make and it was delicious! the only things i changed were that i didn’t add sweetener, i used bittersweet dark chocolate chips, and i used a dash of instant espresso powder instead of cinnamon. :)
Does anything say ‘autumn’ quite like apple butter? If you answered anything other than ‘no,’ you’re wrong. Apple butter is a great way to utilize locally grown produce (if you live in an area where apples are harvested) and capture the essence of fall in a jar. This recipe is especially easy because it uses a crockpot that can be left alone rather than a pan that needs to be tended to every few minutes.
8 apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped. (I used a bunch of different varieties, but whatever is available for you will work fine)
2 cups of apple cider (NOT apple cider vinegar)
1 cup brown sugar
1.5 tablespoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients inside crockpot.
Cook on ‘low’ for 18 hours.
Pour mixture into blender & blend until smooth consistency is reached (about 5 seconds)
Spoon apple butter into sanitized jars (recipe makes approximately 2.5 pints), screw lids on tightly.
Process jars in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.
Let cool and leave jars to sit for 12 hours before using.
Unopened apple butter will keep for about 12 months, refrigerate after opening.
use as a spread on toast or bagels, or as a dip for fruit, pretzels, and crackers.
This is one of those incredibly easy recipe where all you have to do is mix a handful of ingredients you can always have on hand and 15 minutes later you have a healthy tasty snack! You can try adding white chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts or any combination to make it a more interesting cookie but I liked the simple brown sugar oatmeal taste.