Apples with a Side of Bugs

It’s apple picking time! Here are my organic apples…..full of bugs! It doesn’t bother me, I simply cut out what is bad and make freezer apples, applesauce, or natural fruit leathers (rollups) with the rest. My freezer apples use a modified version of an apple pie filling recipe, but I use a lot less sugar. Then I use them to make a healthy crockpot oatmeal! If you’re used to that super sugary prepackaged stuff, this recipe might take some getting used to. It has chia seeds, apple cider vinegar, honey (of course), coconut oil, and more! Scroll through the pics and find the recipe at the bottom. Enjoy!

PICKING APPLES!

CUTTING AND SEPARATING THE BAD FROM THE GOOD. WE ADD THE BAD TO OUR COMPOST PILE!

PREPARING THE OATMEAL THE NIGHT BEFORE. IT ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES!

A HOT BREAKFAST FOR THE FAMILY!

Freezer Apple Pie Filling:

18 apples sliced (I leave the peels on because I’m not really using these in a pie.)
6 Tbsp. butter
3 C. sugar (Again, I cut this WAY back and typically use only 1 cup.)
3 tsp. nutmeg
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger

Mix it all up and I divide into 5 quart freezer bags.

Crockpot Oatmeal:

Mix 2 cups steel cut oats, 3 cups water, and 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar in your crockpot. You can let this sit for a while.

Before you go to bed add in:

1 C. raw milk or coconut milk
1/4 C. butter or coconut oil
1/4 C. raw honey
1 bag freezer apples slightly thawed
1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla

Turn crockpot on low and let cook overnight. Top with honey and enjoy! I’d just like to say once more that if you cut back on the sugar in the freezer apples, like I do, this is not going to be a super sweet oatmeal. I’d describe it as dense and hearty. Add honey to sweeten it up if needed.

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