Apple harvest is winding down!

Now is the time to use our local apples for this perfect treat on a chilly fall day!

Baked apples are always a treat, but coring whole apples can be a hassle. Just buy larger apples and cut them in half! Then all you have to do is scoop out the easily accessible core, add the sweet toppings, and let your slow cooker take it from there.

Slow Cooker Size/Shape: 4- to 6-quart round or oval

Slow Cooking Time: 2 to 2 1/2 hours on low, OR 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes on high

Nutrition Facts

Apples with Almond-Apricot Sauce

CaloriesCalories

149 Per Serving

ProteinProtein

2g Per Serving

FiberFiber

4g Per Serving

 

Ingredients

Servings  4  Serving Size  1/2 apple, 1 tablespoon sauce

 
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large apples (about 8 ounces each), halved and cored
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (or)

    OR

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon light tub margarine

Directions

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  1. Lightly spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour in the water. Add the apple halves with the cut side up.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients except the margarine. Spoon onto each apple half. Top each with 1 teaspoon margarine. Cook, covered, on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or on high for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until just tender. Be careful not to overcook; the apples will continue to cook while cooling.
  3. Carefully transfer the apples to plates, leaving the sauce in the slow cooker. Stir the sauce. Spoon over the apples. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. The sauce will thicken slightly while cooling.

Quick Tips

Cooking Tip:  If you let the apples overcook, they will become mushy.

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