Kids in the Kitchen – Crock-Pot Baked Apple Slices

BusyBeeKate--KidsintheKitchen-TestingAppleSeptember screams “Apples” and I love it!  My family and I are big apple fans and every year for about the last 10 years I would celebrate my birthday by going apple picking with my parents.  It has been a fun and memorable tradition that I look forward to every year.  

Last year we had the luxury of apple picking on my parents property which was perfect with my 5 month old in tow.  This year we also have experienced our backyard apple picking and will be going to a local farm soon as well.  Every year we go we come home with a lot of apples and spend the weekend cutting, freezing, baking and scouring the internet for new recipes of course!   So in preparation I have been searching for some new allergy-friendly recipes this year.

Crock-PotFor this weeks Kids in the Kitchen I am sharing a Crock-Pot Baked Apple Slices recipe that my gal Denise shared with me this week and I just had to try.  These taste just like the inside of an apple pie and only take about 10 minutes of prep time.  They are super easy to make and my daughter joined in on all of the fun.   Another plus is that they can be easily tailored if you want to add less sugar and you could also add some other ingredients as well (after tasting them I thought about adding a little crunch on top to mimic an apple crisp.)

We enjoyed our as an after-dinner treat with a dollop of our favorite dairy-free ice cream, Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Vanilla Island (yum!)  

Step 1:  Gather your apples.  We chose to half the recipe for our family of 3 and was perfect for us. 

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Step 2:  Core and cut the apples into slices.  I use the corer and then cut the slices again into thirds.  I find the corer slices are a bit too large for us.  My daughter even tried to help with this one… but didn’t get too far!

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Step 3:  Place the apples into the crock-pot.  She also aided in this step, and, as you can see, it took a bit longer than expected adding one apple slice in at a time 😉

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Step 4:  Add all ingredients except for the butter/shortening.  Mix together.

Step 5:  Add the butter/shortening on top of the mixture.  

My daughter loves to grab the spoon and “stir, stir, stir.”  She really is my little helper in the kitchen!

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And a close-up:

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Step 6:  Cover and turn-on crock-pot.  Stir occasionally.  (I chose to cook mine on low about 3 1/2 hours.)  You will just love how great these smell cooking too.

Enjoy as a side dish, or dessert and add your favorite {safe} ice cream if you’d like!  These are delicious! 

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Crock-Pot Baked Apple Slices
Serves 4
These delicious baked apple slices are perfect for fall. An easy and food allergy-friendly alternative to apple pie without the crust and with all the taste!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 apples
  2. 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  3. ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
  4. ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  5. ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  6. 1 tablespoon Agave
  7. ½ cup Coconut Milk or Apple Juice
  8. 2 tablespoons Arrowroot starch/flour (or Cornstarch)
  9. 2 tablespoons Butter or Shortening
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice apples then place them in your crock-pot.
  2. Add in above ingredients except for the butter/shortening.
  3. Stir to combine the ingredients with the apples.
  4. Add the butter/shortening to the top of the mixed apples.
  5. Cover and cook on Low 3 ½- 4 hours or on High 1 ½- 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  6. For a less sweet version simply make without brown sugar and agave. For a sweeter version replace agave for ½ cup of sugar.
Notes
  1. Can be eaten as a snack, a side dish or as a dessert with dairy free ice cream.
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KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

Come join me and my co-hosts, Melinda of LookWhatMomFound…andDadtoo!Paula at Frosted FingersSara at Sensibly Sara, and Jeannette from EcoIncognito each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way. – picking fruit and using in recipes – preparing healthy snacks – teaching about colors, shapes, sizes and textures with food – having a tea party – trying a new recipe together – pouring from measuring cups – creating new family friendly recipes Don’t have a blog?  Share an instagram photo or Facebook update.

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