Naturally-Sweetened Apple Pie Filling (Plus, 5 Great Ways to Use It!)
With Thanksgiving just around the corner – and an abundance of fresh fall apples available across the country – I thought it would be perfect timing to share a traditional fall favorite apple recipe!
This simple, yet delicious naturally-sweetened apple pie filling is made using pure maple syrup and just a hint of vanilla. Of course, we love using this cinnamon-apple filling for making yummy gluten-free Thanksgiving pies, but, we also enjoy using this classic fall favorite to create lots of other tasty treats too! (See 5 great ideas below.)
Naturally-Sweetened Apple Pie Filling (GF, DF)
6 large apples (honeycrisp and pink lady are my personal favorites)
2 Tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 Tbsp arrowroot powder (or organic cornstarch)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp sea salt
1. Peel and core apples. Then cut them into bite-sized pieces. (One large apple yields approximately one cup of cored diced apples. So if you’re using smaller apples, use about 6-7 cups of diced apples.) Place in large bowl and toss with lemon juice. Cover and set aside.
2. In a large saucepan, whisk together remaining ingredients (water, maple syrup, arrowroot powder, vanilla extract, spices and salt), until well combined. Place on medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, while whisking constantly until the filling begins to thicken (about 2-3 minutes).
3. Add the diced apples continue to gently simmer. Cook apples about 10-15 minutes until desired softness is reached. (If using the filling for a pie, cook apples just until they begin to soften, about 8-10 minutes.)
4. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Then, transfer to mason jars. Makes one quart, plus one cup of apple pie filling. Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks. (Or you can preserve the filling longer using the classic hot water bath canning method.)
5 Great Ways to use Apple Pie Filling (besides making pie)
Apple Pie Filling not only makes delicious apple pies, but lots of other tasty treats too! Here are a few of our favorites:
• It’s simply scrumptious on top of pancakes, waffles or French toast!
• It’s also the perfect topping for oatmeal.
• Serve it “a la mode” with homemade vanilla ice cream.
• Use it to bake an easy apple crisp or cobbler.
• Makes a delicious accompaniment to pork chops or pork tenderloin.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Kelly, The Nourishing Home
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