I recently took a lazy Saturday drive up to lovely Hood River, Oregon. Along the way, I stopped at a bunch of local produce stands that sold local apples. I ended up coming home with so many apples that it looked like I could have opened my own produce stand! That’s when I decided it was time to start making homemade apple butter to give to my friends and family. I experimented with a variety of different ingredients and spices. The recipes were all fabulous but I wanted to share my favorite one with you. It’s perfect for those of us who want to hold on to the sweet taste of summer but crave the flavors of fall. I give you…the most addicting Strawberry Apple Butter ever!
- 2-3 pounds of organic apples
- 3-4 cups of Driscoll’s organic strawberries
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1 tsp of Cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)
Step 1: Wash your Driscoll’s organic strawberries thoroughly. Slice the green tops off and set the berries aside in a bowl.
Step 2: Wash your apples and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Leave the skins on and make sure the seeds are removed.
Step 3: Add the berries and apples to your crockpot. Drizzle the honey on top and add the water. Set your timer for 12 hours and cook on the lowest setting.
Step 4: Using an immersion blender, puree the mixture. Add the spices if you wish. Set the crockpot on “warm” and cook for another four hours. Crack the lid so the excess water has a chance to evaporate.
Step 5: Spoon the butter into small mason jars and store in the fridge. I love to serve this butter on gluten-free biscuits or chia seed crackers. Yum!
When I first tried this smoothie, the first thing thought that came to me was, “this tastes like comfort food!” It has a delicious but simple flavor that reminded me of the apple pies my grandmother would make. This smoothie is full of nutrients including immune-boosting vitamin C, bone-building calcium, digestion-friendly fiber, and heart-healthy potassium. The chia seeds give this smoothie a big boost of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. I’ve also added flaxseed oil to this recipe for more “good fats” to promote healthy hair, skin and nails. Give this smoothie a try today!
Omega Apple Pie Smoothie
- 3 organic apples (I leave the skins on, but it’s up to you if you want to peel it off)
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 C almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil
Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Enjoy!
If you are looking for a juice that will not only aid in detoxifying your body but will also help to clear your skin and give you a natural boost of energy, then you must try this juice! It’s delicious, full of nutrients, and very refreshing. This juice is also very simple to make and only requires three ingredients. Cucumbers are known for their concentration of silica, a mineral that is an essential component of collagen. That is why cucumber juice is recommended as a good way to improve the complexion and health of skin. Carrots have an enormous amount of lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that work together to promote eye health. The two apples in this juice are a great source of immune-boosting antioxidants. Give this juice a try today!
Cool and Creamy Apple Cucumber Juice
- 1 cucumber
- 4 carrots
- 2 apples (I like granny smith)
Add ingredients to your juicer machine and juice. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Enjoy!