Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim [no refined sugar] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with a Caramel Pecan Rim will be the hit of your parties or dinner parties all Fall and Winter long! The combination of the caramel and nutty pecans with the warming cider is perfection, and made with no added sugar.. Have it without any alcohol, or spike it as desired with your favorite liquor! Made in partnership with the American Pecan Council!

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean KitchenSlow Cooker Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim

No sugar added, simple to make, and definitely a new go-to drink when entertaining for the holidays! I put this out and let everyone add in their favorite alcohol: caramel vodka, brandy, bourbon, or wine!

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

If you love the combination of cinnamon + warm apple cider + a touch of cranberries, this is definitely a must-try! The best part? All you have to do is toss everything in a slow cooker and BOOM. Mulled cider perfection.

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Get creative with this recipe for holiday entertaining by creating an individual spiked cider bar! Simply place liquor such as bourbon, red wine, or rum next to the slow cooker and let friends or family create their own spiked mulled cider beverage!

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I’m back with another fabulous recipe in partnership with my friends at the American Pecan Council! Pecans are my favorite nut! They are lower in carbs and higher in fiber compared to many other nuts, and they’re a “good” source of monounsaturated fat, including the beneficial oleic acid that’s found in olive oil! A handful of pecans (about 19 halves) is a good source of fiber, thiamin, and zinc, and an excellent source of copper and manganese – a mineral that’s essential for metabolism and bone health. Plus, they have that yummy, buttery flavor! I love using pecan pieces to make my life easier during the chopping of them!

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with Pecan Rim

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 4 hours Serves 8

Ingredients

    Mulled Cider Ingredients

    • 1.5 liters of fresh apple cider
    • 4 star anise
    • 3 cinnamon sticks, or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 orange thinly sliced, used half of the slices on serving glasses and 1/2 of the slices for the mulled cider
    • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced
    • 1-inch knob of ginger, skin removed
    • 1 cup fresh cranberries

    Pecan Caramel Rim

    Add-In Alcohol Options

    • Bourbon, 2 ounces per glass
    • Dark rum, 2 ounces per glass
    • White wine, to taste
    • Caramel Vodka or Regular Vodka, 2 ounces per glass

    Directions

    1. Place all mulled cider ingredients into a slow cooker. Set on low for 4 hours.

    2. While cider cooks, make a batch of caramel. Place coconut milk, vanilla, butter and sea salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to low and let simmer, whisking often, for about 30 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Take off heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator until the mulled cider is ready.

    3. Pour caramel onto a small, shallow plate.

    4. On a separate shallow plate, place crushed pecans.

    5. Dip your glass of choice in the caramel until the entire rim is well covered. Dip the caramel rim into the pecan mixture. Pour mulled cider into glasses and spike your drink with the desired alcohol if using, then stir and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    1. Storage: Leftover cider can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
    2. Make It On The Stovetop: Simmer the mulled cider ingredients in a large saucepan over low heat. Cover and let simmer for about 1 hour. Make sure that the cider stays at a low simmer, if it comes to a boil, the cider can separate!
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    Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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    One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

    One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts & Bacon (paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon is the perfect fall meal! Packed with vegetables and hearty autumn flavor, this dish will be the hit of any dinner, weekday or weeknight! Made in partnership with Shenandoah Valley Organic!

    One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken Brussels Sprouts Bacon | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    The salty bacon, sweet apple cider sauce, brussels sprouts, and perfectly cooked fall off the bone chicken is the ultimate flavor combination for when you are craving something comforting!

    One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken Brussels Sprouts Bacon | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    I am so excited to partner with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic for today’s awesome dish. SVO is a locally minded company that prides itself in producing the highest quality chicken grown on family-owned farms. Their Farmer Focus line allows you to actually see what farms your chicken is coming from, since each package you pick up at the store has a Farm ID for easy navigation on their website!

    One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts & Bacon - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Dairy-free, grain-free, low-carb, minimal ingredients and one pan for easy clean-up = fall dinner WIN in our book!

    One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken Brussels Sprouts Bacon | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    One Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken Brussels Sprouts Bacon | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

    Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 45 minutes Serves 6

    Ingredients

    • 5 pieces nitrate-free bacon
    • 2 pounds SVO bone-in chicken drumsticks and or chicken thighs
    • 1/4 cup leeks, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
    • 1/2 pound brussels sprouts, quartered
    • 1 bundle fresh thyme
    • 2 cups fresh apple cider
    • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard, more to taste
    • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

    Directions

    1. In a large dutch oven, cook bacon until crispy over medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate lined with a papertowel. Pour out all but 2 teaspoons bacon fat.
    2. Heat the bacon fat over medium-high heat.
    3. Pat the chicken dry and season generously with salt and pepper.
    4. Sear chicken until brown on both sides in the dutch oven. This should take about 5 minutes per side.
    5. Take chicken out of the pan and set aside on a plate.
    6. Add the leeks, garlic, a pinch of salt, a pinch of black pepper, and cinnamon. Stir well, making sure to scrape up the brown bits at the bottom of th pan. Cook until leeks are translucent.
    7. Add in the brussels sprouts and stir until combined. dijon mustard and thyme. Stir well.
    8. Pour in the apple cider and mix until everything is well combined. Make sure all of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan have been scraped up. Cover and bring the sauce to a boil. Lower the heat, and add back in the chicken. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked through.
    9. Take the chicken, brussels sprouts, and thyme sprigs out of the pan. Set the thyme aside, and place the chicken and brussels sprouts on the desired serving dish.
    10. Add maple syrup to the sauce and bring to a high simmer over medium-high heat. Whisk frequently until the sauce has become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, this should take around 5-8 minutes. Taste and adjust mustard, sea salt, and black pepper based on desired taste.
    11. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Garnish with bacon and thyme and serve warm!
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    Find SVO in a store near you by plugging your zip code into their store locator here. This post is sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Organic. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!

    Apple Cider Sangria [VIDEO]

    This Apple Cider Sangria is everyone’s favorite Fall cocktail! It’s flavorful, packed with cinnamon, ginger, apple cider, and white wine for the perfect dinner party sangria!

    Apple Cider Sangria

    A few weeks go I posted on my Facebook and Twitter pages asking if anyone would like to see some yummy, light, and gluten-free cocktails on the LCK blog. I’ve been refraining from posting any cocktail recipes and I’m not sure why. Maybe because since this is a healthy lifestyle blog full of clean eating recipes, I felt you wouldn’t want to see them! But I was wrong! I guess you guys like your drinks… ha ha.

    I also firmly believe that part of a healthy lifestyle means sometimes splurging, things in moderation, and just living a little! Am I right? Plus, I don’t want to give you guys the vibe that I never indulge. That would just be a lie. Yes, I do eat super clean, but you can be sure that I often eat too much dark chocolate and I go to dinner and order a drink.

    I’m not saying to go binge drink every weekend, but if a nice cocktail every now and then suits your fancy, go for it (paleo police, don’t hate me), and now you can enjoy one a little more guilt-free. Anyway, the response was incredible!

    Apple Cider Sangria

    Many friends of mine can vouch for my drink making skills. I can’t lie, I make a mean ‘tini. Yeah, I called it a ‘tini, that’s a love/hate word right there. Anyway, most of the drinks I’ve whipped up in the past were loaded with sugar in all forms (hence why they were so good). But, since making the switch to eating clean (…and gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar-free, and so on and so on), I have been experimenting making cocktails that I genuinely don’t feel SO bad about drinking (in moderation, obv).

    Apple Cider Sangria

    This drink is the perfect drink to serve for your family and friends.  It will be a holiday staple in your home!

    Watch the video:

    Apple Cider Sangria

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 8

    Ingredients

    • 1 bottle white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
    • 2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider (3 if you want more of a cider taste)
    • 1 cup carbonated water
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1/2-1 cup gluten-free vodka
    • 2 apples, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon raw honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup pommegranates
    • 1 orange, chopped
    • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

    Directions

    1. Chop apple and oranges and place in the bottom of a large pitcher with pomegranate seeds.
    2. Add in cinnamon sticks, cider, carbonated water, wine, cinnamon, and honey.
    3. Add in vodka (I start with 1/2 cup), mix well and taste. Adjust sweetener as desired.
    4. Serve over ice!

    Recipe Notes

    • The longer it sits, the better! Make an hour or two before serving and let it sit in the fridge.
    • There are many gluten-free vodkas out there, my two favorite are Ciroc Vodka and Tito's Handmade Vodka. Tequila and rum are generally naturally gluten-free. Read labels and be cautious of added flavors.
    • I buy my cider fresh from a local farm.
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    There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you! However, I only recommend products I absolutely love and use in my own home! Thank you for supporting Lexi's Clean Kitchen when you shop! See my disclosure policy for more info!