If I ever start to wonder what I should be doing with my time, I often end up in the kitchen. This was hard at first when we changed the way we eat, which is still a learning process, because I was used to making cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies, etc. I had to gather some healthy recipes, but no matter how you eat, it's fun to try new recipes, have suggestions from friends, and spending time on your feet in the kitchen. It makes sitting down eventually that much more rewarding! At least for me.
And the good thing about this recipe is that it's really really easy. I've made mine the the stove-top twice, but it can also be made on low overnight in the crock-pot. Wake up to your house smelling wonderful.
Thanks to my friend Teresa for introducing me to apple butter. It's the perfect blend of natural sweetness from the apples and the perfect addition of spices. It can have added sugar, but I don't think it needs it at all. Try it without first.
12 apples, cut into chunks
1 1/2 cups water
1 - 1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
Cut your apples into chunks, peels on. Put apples and water in a pot with the spices. Let simmer together until apples are softened. In batches, blend (this is where I wish I had an immersion blender). Put blended apples back into the pot and let cook down on medium-low until the mixture is thickened. It should be the consistency of a soft jelly preserve. Store in the fridge in airtight container...or eat in one night.
For extra goodness, spread on Honey Whole Wheat Bread!