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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Raspberry Peach Crumble

Raspberry Peach Crumble {Dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This paleo-friendly, SUPER EASY, Raspberry Peach Crumble is the perfect healthy Summer treat! Packed with Summer fruit, just the right amount of tartness, and so so flavorful! It will definitely be a staple for Summer gatherings with friends and family!

Paleo Raspberry Peach Crumble

Raspberry Peach Crumble

I like to top this with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream, but it is equally as delicious all on its own! Grain-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, and so so simple to make!

 
Raspberry Crumble Recipe with Peaches

I’ve been wanting to come up with a clean and healthy, paleo-friendly crumble for some time now and I definitely hit the money with this one. Aside from the amazing taste, this dessert is loaded with nutrients! Filled with fresh organic fruit, ground flax, and topped with a blend of raw nuts = fruit crumble perfection!

Can I use other fruit?

Yes! This recipe is very customizable. Sub in your favorite fruit!

Easy Raspberry Crumble
 

When I think of summer I think of fresh fruit, delicious summer meals, and being outdoors with friends and family. What is a better addition to that combination than a healthy treat filled with delicious berries?

How To Make A Raspberry Crumble

Add this to your weekend brunch spread, or pack it away for Summer potlucks and it will definitely be a crowd pleaser again and again!

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Raspberry Peach Crumble

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:40 Serves 4

Ingredients

    Filling

    • 4 organic peaches, peeled and sliced
    • 6 oz. organic raspberries (blueberries would be great or sub other berry of choice)
    • 1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon ground flax

    Topping

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine sliced peaches, raspberries, cinnamon, flax, and honey. Mix until well combined.
    3. Grease desired baking dish and pour in the peach and raspberry mixture.
    4. Combine topping ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Mix with a fork until crumbly.
    5. Pour crumble mixture evenly over fruit.
    6. Bake for 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and fruit is hot and bubbly.
    7. Serve warm!
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    Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

    This easy Italian meat sauce recipe is my probably my all-time favorite pasta sauce recipe! It’s an easy homemade meat sauce recipe that is hearty and flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight meal. Make this healthy meat sauce with ground turkey or ground beef, and let it cook nice and slow! It’s gluten-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant, and so yummy! Serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for low carb, or gluten-free pasta!

    Italian meat sauce recipe

    Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

    I LOVE Italian dishes. Especially a quick and delicious meat sauce! I often make my favorite Italian dishes into healthy versions that I love to dig into, weekly. This spaghetti meat sauce is delicious, always a hit and so versatile! Serve it over zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, the options are endless! I often make a big batch to have for the week, and I never get sick of it!

    How do you make meat sauce
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    How Do You Make Meat Sauce

    Lexi's Meat Sauce

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Serves 6

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 3 large organic carrot stalks, chopped
    • 1 lb. organic grass-fed beef (or ground turkey)
    • 1 15 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
    • 1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
    • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, more to taste
    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish
    • Optional: Serve with fresh parmesan
    • Optional: Garnish with fresh Basil

    Directions

    1. In a medium sized saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
    2. Add onion, carrots, and peppers to saucepan. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until onions are translucent and the carrots begin to soften.
    3. Add meat to saucepan and let cook until brown and no pink remains.
    4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices, and 1 tablespoon fresh basil to the pan and mix well.
    5. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and remove from heat.
    6. In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in zucchini noodles and red pepper flakes and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
    7. Serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
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    Açaí Smoothie Bowl (Vegan & Gluten Free!)

    Acai Smoothie Bowls (Paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, gluten-free) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Açaí Smoothie Bowl is the perfect refreshing and nourishing treat for warm Spring and Summer days! Paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free! We love topping ours with gluten-free granola, a mix of berries, and bee pollen for a pop of color and added protein!

    Acai Bowl recipe

    Açaí Bowl

    Acai + mixed berries = the ultimate antioxidant treat! I made these bowls inspired by a favorite smoothie shop of mine, Robeks and absolutely love them! Get creative with the toppings for a fun, flavorful, and healthy breakfast!

    What is an acai bowl made of?

    • Frozen Acai
    • Raspberries
    • Banana
    • Nut milk
    • Sweetener of choice
    • Optional: protein powder 
    • Toppings!

    How do you make an acai bowl

    If you like this smoothie bowl recipe, try this one, too!

    Acai Bowl Toppings:

    • Chia Seeds
    • Bee Pollen
    • Crunchy Granola
    • Fresh Fruit
    • Shredded Coconut
    • Nuts or seeds of choice

    How can I thicken my acai bowl?

    Start with less milk, and add more as desired until it reaches your desired thickness. You want the base of the acai bowl to be thick & scoop able, definitely not watery.

    How do you make an acai bowl

    Açaí Smoothie Bowl

    Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 00:00 Serves 1, 16 ounce bowl

    Ingredients

      Acai Bowl

      • 1 frozen organic unsweetened Açaí pack. *You can find this in the frozen fruit isle in your local grocery store! We got ours at Whole Foods Market.
      • 1/2 banana, frozen
      • 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries
      • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, more as needed
      • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
      • Optional: 1 scoop grass-fed whey protein powder (Use code LEXI for 10% off)

      Toppings

      • 1/4 cup paleo granola
      • 1 banana, sliced thin
      • 1 strawberry, sliced thin
      • Handful of raspberries
      • 1/2 teaspoon bee pollen

      Directions

      1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
      2. Blend until smooth.
      3. Pour into a bowl, garnish with desired toppings and devour!

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      Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

      Sausage Peppers and Onions | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

      This low-carb and keto-friendly Sausage, Peppers, and Onion, one-pan dish is made in just twenty-minutes! Such a perfect sausage and peppers recipe for any night of the week.

      How to make Sausage and PeppersSausage, Peppers, and Onions

      Did you know that peppers are at their growing season peak right now? I was over at my favorite little farm and they had a bin with the most beautiful looking peppers, so I just had to get a bunch! This dish went over big time here.

      This is the EASIEST sausage and peppers recipe! It is made in one skillet, is so flavorful, and you can use chicken sausage, pork sausage, or any sausage you like! I like to find ones with minimal added ingredients.

      Chicken Sausage and Peppers with cauliflower rice

      It is flavorful, comforting, and just plain delicious with the perfect amount of sauce. A great dish for football Sunday or those nights when you need a quick and easy meal!

      How to make Sausage and Peppers

      Sausage Peppers and Onions on a plate

      You can get creative with how you serve this dish! I love it served over roasted spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice but I bet it would be great with gluten-free pasta or spiralized veggies as well! This sausage and peppers recipe is Paleo friendly, whole30 compliant, dairy-free, grain-free, and no sugar added!

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      Sausage, Peppers, & Onions

      Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Serves 4

      Ingredients

      Directions

      1. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or just until fragrant.
      2. Add sliced onions, bell peppers, and poblano pepper to the skillet; let cook until the onion is translucent.
      3. Add cooked sausage to the large skillet with the peppers and onions and cook for 1-2 minutes.
      4. Pour in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and spices. Mix well.
      5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
      6. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
      7. Serve over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta!

      Recipe Notes

      • *If you are using uncooked chicken sausage, remove the casing and cook the chicken sausage and garlic together in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the sausage is brown on both sides. This should take around 5 minutes, stirring often.
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