Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

This Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce is an easy update on the classic Thanksgiving staple! It is such a great combination with tart cranberries, along with sweet apples and just the right amount of citrus. It’s made right in the slow cooker which means hands-off cooking so you can focus on other aspects of your holiday meal! It contains no refined sugars and is bound to be a new family favorite!

Slow cooker cranberry sauce

Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

Forget the over sweetened canned cranberry sauce this year because it is SO EASY to make this Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce! You essentially throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and walk away! It also is  refined sugar free relying on coconut sugar, honey and sweet apples to balance the tart cranberries and citrus.

This sauce is of course well known as a Thanksgiving staple, but I also love to put a spoonful right on top of of latkes or as a versatile spread for breakfast or leftovers!

Easy homemade cranberry sauce

How do you sweeten homemade cranberry sauce?

We used a combination of naturally sweet apples, orange juice, honey and coconut sugar!

How long does homemade cranberry sauce last?

Homemade cranberry sauce will last quite a while, so this makes it a great make-ahead part of your holiday feast! We’d recommend using it within 7-10 days after making for optimal freshness, but it could very well last longer. For Thanksgiving it might make sense to make the cranberry sauce a few days ahead of time! You can serve it cold or you can re-heat gently in a pot over low heat.

Cranberry sauce with orange juice

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Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Sauce

Prep Time 00:00 Cook Time 04:00

Ingredients

Directions

  • 1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker
  • 2. Cook on high for 4 hours
  • 3. At 3 hours, use a potato masher and mash mixture (leave some chunks)
  • 4. Cook for the remaining hour with lid ajar

Recipe Notes

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Added Sugar)

No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter (whole30 & paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no added sugar and is my all-time favorite Fall spread. It’s Whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly, and is so delicious! It’s filled with in-season fresh apples and fall spices that will make you’re home smell heavenly.

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Added Sugar)

While studying for my undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst I found a serious love for apple butter thanks to frequent visits to Judie’s Restaurant. Back before I changed my diet I would enjoy the giant popovers they served slathered with the most delicious apple butter.

It has been a while since I’ve been there, but I haven’t forgotten that apple butter and realized it was time to create a recipe of my own that wasn’t loaded with refined sugar. While I won’t be enjoying this apple butter on top of popovers anymore, rest assured there are plenty of ways to enjoy it, with this, on top of these, over these or with the biscuits in my book. But really, it’s amazing just by the spoonful.

what is apple butter made of?

There are loads of other apple butter recipes out there, some with long cooking time and some with short. I really feel like the longer and slower the cook, the more depth of flavor the apple butter has, so a 2-hour version just has never cut it for me. But aside from the prep and the finishing touches, this recipe is relatively hands-off and can even be done overnight.

how do you know when apple butter is done

How Do You Know When Apple Butter is Done?

You want the apple butter to be dark in color and quite thick, thick enough that when you pick it up by the spoonful it mounds on the spoon instead of dripping off.

Tools Needed to Make Apple Butter:

can you freeze apple butter

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Easy Apple Butter Recipe

No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 12 hr

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Put everything in slow cooker. The cider or juice should not overpower apples. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
  2. At 10 hours, once apples are dark, immerse hand blender or transfer to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Put lid back on slightly ajar and let cook for the remaining 2 hours. If you're in a time crunch, place into a pot on the stove over medium-low heat and let simmer until thick.
  4. Let cool, store in jars in the fridge for up to 1 week unless canning.

Recipe Notes

  • -If not as thick as you'd like, transfer to pot and cook over medium heat until thickens (use a lid, it will splatter)
  • -Very thick and spreadable. Perfect top spread on toast, or to top your favorite oatmeal, pancakes, or waffles!
  • Make it last a year! How to can this apple butter using the Water Bath Canning Method:
    • Heat water in a large, deep saucepot equipped with a lid. If you have a canning rack or a cooling cake rack, place the rack at the bottom of your saucepan. Bring the water to a simmer (not a boil) and carefully submerge your jars along with their lids for about 5 minutes or until warm. Make sure water is inside your jars to keep them submerged.
    • Carefully remove the jars and lids from the warm water with tongs and place on a cooling rack set over a kitchen towel. Pour the apple butter into each jar using a funnel, leaving at least 1/4 inch of space at the top. Make sure there are no air bubbles in the jam and that the rim of the jar is clean before securing the lid.
    • Cover your saucepan and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Submerge the tightly closed jars in the boiling water for 10 minutes.
    • Take your saucepan off the heat and allow your jars to sit in the hot water for another 5 minutes.
    • Carefully take your jars out of the hot water and place on a paper towel. Check jar lids for seals by making sure the lids do not flex up and down when pressing the middle of the jar.
    • Store in a cool, dark place for up to one year! Once opened make sure to store in the refrigerator for up to one week!
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Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole on EVERYTHING over here. Some favorites of ours are having it as an appetizer with veggies and homemade crackers on Football Sunday, sweet potato nachos, huevos rancheros, as a topping on a salad, taco night, morning breakfast skillets, sweet potato skins… the list goes on and on. You simply can’t deny the many uses for an easy and delicious homemade guacamole!

Homemade Guacamole

 

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Homemade Guacamolle

Ingredients

Directions

  • Cut avocado in half and remove the pit
  • Scoop out avocado and place into a bowl
  • Using a fork, lightly mash the avocado (leave some chunks!)
  • Add spices and mix well, taste and adjust spices to your liking
  • Right before serving, add onion and tomato and mix to combine (optional)
  • Place in serving bowl
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    Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

    I am just loving this Healthy Food Friday series with American Express. I can’t believe this is the last friday in March! Have you caught on that the emphasis this month was DIY and foods that give you energy/keep you healthy? Next month is all about budget-friendly!

    Let’s recap: We started the month off with the immune system-boosting garlic, then for week two we had eggs, to give you protein-packed fuel for a busy day (plus a DIY homemade mayo recipe), last week we had coffee (which has more health benefits than just keeping you focused), and now we’re here with… ALMONDS!

    The Benefits of Raw Almonds

    Almond butter is a no-doubtly a delicious snack. I mean really delicious. Some days you just need a spoonful, but on other days, the options are endless; spread it on some fruit, top your morning pancakes or cereal bowls, even add it into a smoothie for additional healthy fats. A good quality almond butter can be over nine dollars in your grocery store. Making your own DIY nut butter is so easy, SO delicious, and budget-friendly. Plus, you know the exact ingredients that are going into it. Although healthy fats, keep moderation in mind: 2 tbsp of almond butter are about 200 calories!

    Vanilla Maple Almond SunbutterI absolutely love this creamy combination of almonds, sunflower seeds, maple, and vanilla.Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

     

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    Aside from a fun take on your traditional almond butter, here are a ton of other recipes using almonds, all of which are gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly.
    Usethemin

    7-Minute Warm Apple Crumb Minis 

    Sweet or Savory Protein Crepes

    Paleo Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins

    Zesty Paleo Chicken Bites

    Honey Lime Fruit Salad with Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Chips

    Double Chocolate Raspberry-Filled  Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

    Linzer Torte Thumbprint Cookies 
    Aroundtheweb

    Almond Ricotta Cheese from Beard and Bonnet 

    Raw Apple Pie Energy Bites from So, Let’s Hang Out 

    Crunchy Almond Cookies from Gourmande in the Kitchen 

    Chipotle Almond Spread from Tasty-Yummies 

    Almond Flour Coconut Waffles from PaleOMG 

    Gluten-free Cinnamon Bun Twist from Kitchen-Tested 

    Stone Fruit Tart with Almond Crust from Seasonal and Savory

    Homemade Almond Milk from Nutmeg Nanny 

    Date Almond Hamantaschen from Busy in Brooklyn

    Cocoa Dusted Almonds from Corner Kitchen 

    I was selected by American Express to contribute to their Tumblr community. As such I was paid for my services, but all opinions in general and about American express are my own.

    What is your favorite way to sneak almonds into your diet?

    Homemade Mayo

    Eggs are a nutrient-dense, protein-packed food that you can prepare in a million different ways. They are a huge part of my weekly meal prep and diet!

    What you can find in this jam-packed post: 

    • Health Benefits
    • How To’s
    • Recipes to use eggs with
    • A new recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise (all the way at the bottom)

    Fresh EggsEggs are a major part of my diet and I switch up the way I prepare them based on my mood and the dish: soft-boiled, scrambled, poached, over-easy, etc. 

    How To Poach Eggs

    Now, for some egg-cellent (had-to) RECIPES.

    uSETHEMINSaucy Bacon and Chorizo Baked Eggs

    On-The-Go Baked Egg Nests

    Paleo McGriddles

    Mexican Breakfast Casserole

    Sweet Potato Bun Breakfast Sandwiches

    Aroundtheweb

     Zucchini + Onion Hash with Farm-Fresh Eggs from With Food and Love

    Paleo Quiche from Everyday Maven

    Spinach Herb Omelette {flourless crepes} from Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Quick Mushroom, Zucchini & Thyme SautĂ© with Fried Egg from Cookin’ Canuck

    Vanilla Bean Floating Island from Seasonal and Savory

    Now, for the mayo recipe you have all been waiting for!

    Have you ever read mayonnaise ingredients? Have you ever looked for one without canola oil or soybean oil? I am astonished. I have searched around the stores for a mayonnaise that I would feel comfortable eating and… NOTHING. Good thing homemade is super easy!

    What is your favorite use for mayo? Right now, mine is different variations of chicken salad such as this Apple Dill Chicken Salad.

    Homemade Mayo

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    What is your favorite use for mayo? 

    Homemade Mayo

    Ingredients

    • 1 egg at room temperature
    • Dash Himalayan ssalt
    • Dash freshly ground pepper
    • 1 1/4 cup light olive oil
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp ground mustard

    Spicy Mayo

    • Add 1 tsp sriracha (continue adding more as desired)

    Herb Mayo

    Directions

  • Place all ingredients minus oil in a large container
  • Using a hand immersion blender, blend until smooth
  • While blender is on, slowly stream in oil and blend until thick and creamy
  • Store in air-tight jar for up to 2 weeks in refrigerator
  • Recipe Notes

  • Roasted Garlic Mayo
  • Sun-dried Tomato
  • Wasabi Mayo
  • Dijon Mayo
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    Brussels Sprout Slaw {with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans} + An LCK Recap

    Savory Sunday is here and today is a perfect and simple slaw for your Thanksgiving meal, or just any day of the week. Savory but sweet and filled with flavors of Fall.. Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans {and Honey Dijon Cinnamon Vinaigrette}!

    Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans {and Honey Dijon Cinnamon Vinaigrette}

    Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans {and Honey Dijon Cinnamon Vinaigrette}

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    In other news…. there has been some great buzz in the LCK world!

    You may or may not have seen recently that I was included in Greatist‘s List of the Top 50 Food Bloggers Making a Difference in Health, Fitness, and Hapiness along side some of my favorite bloggers and friends: Michelle Tam, Danielle WalkerLee HershAngela Liddon, and so many more. I am beyond humbled and honored; it is a great list filled with great bloggers. You check out the full article here!

    You can also read my Q&A feature in Boston Magazine here. In the article I talk about why I changed my diet, how I incorporate my love of art into the blog, my favorite part of LCK (you guys!), the future, and more! Being asked these questions got me thinking about how grateful I am. The support, positive feedback, constant emails from all of you makes me love blogging more and more each day.

     

    Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans {and Honey Dijon Cinnamon Vinaigrette}

    Weekend Recap:

    This weekend was relaxing and fun.  Friday night Mike and I stayed in; we watched a movie and taste tested my Apple Cider Sangria, for the second time (oops)! I woke up early Saturday to hit the gym, did some cooking, testing, and photographing, and then headed to the mall for some holiday shopping, and and even a little treat for myself!

    At night we went out for dinner to the Elephant Walk in Boston (if you live here or ever come to visit, this restaurant is delicious and has a nice gluten-free menu, too).  We started off with a traditional Cambodian salad, and I ordered sliced pork tenderloin over grilled eggplant and Mike ordered a salmon dish with spicy tomato and chick pea ragout; both dishes were to die for. After our nice dinner we headed to Cambridge, MA to see Biscuits and Gravy, a local Boston band play; a show put on by our good friends!

    And now for today… cooking, photographing, recipe development, cleaning up our apartment, working out, and meal prepping for the week. I have been kicking it into gear with my “Five Weeks Until Christmas Vacation” plan, and am feeling great! A productive yet relaxing weekend on my end.

    Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans {with a Honey Dijon Cinnamon Vinaigrette}

    Prep Time 15 min

    Ingredients

    • 2 lbs brussels sprouts, shredded
    • 1/2 cup pecans
    • 1/2-1 cup dried organic cranberries
    • 1 tbsp raw honey

    Dressing

    Directions

  • Wash and cut of tops of brussels sprouts; slice/shred using a knife or mandolin and place in bowl
  • In a pan, heat pecans for 30 seconds then drizzle raw honey on top; mix well and remove from heat once boiling. Transfer to a flat service lined with a baking mat or parchment paper and let cool
  • Add cranberries to the bowl and once pecans have cooled, chop and add into salad
  • In a bowl whisk together dressing ingredients
  • Pour on top and mix to combine
  • Recipe Notes

    1. Serving size will depend on if you are serving as a side dish or a small appetizer
    2. -Crispy bacon
    3. -Shredded chicken
    4. -Sub cranberries for organic golden raisins or pomegranates
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    What is your usual Sunday routine?