Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider

November 17, 2019

This Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider is the epitome of the sweet smelling Fall season. It’s super easy to make (just set it and forget it!), requires only a handful of ingredients, warm and comforting. Bold apple flavor, a hint of citrus, warm spices, and naturally sweetened (if preferred). Can be enjoyed hot or cold. All vegan and gluten-free.

Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider

I’m super excited to share this Apple Cider recipe with ya’ll. I’ve never made my own apple cider before this since I always purchase the organic store-bought version.

I’m more of an occasional drinker when it comes to Apple Cider, while my husband LOVES this!

Since making this at home, I’m a believer!

I’ll definitely be making this at home from now on.

Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Apple Cider is a true staple for the Fall season, especially during the Holidays so i had to create an easy recipe for you to be able to try on your own without overwhelming you.

So, what better way to do that than to create one that only requires a slow cooker.

If you don’t have one, they are super inexpensive, depending on the size and brand. My slow cooker is the 3.5 Qt Programmable Slow Cooker by Cuisinart. However, there are many other versions (some more advanced) and larger sizes, so there’s plenty to choose from.

MY THOUGHTS ON THE SLOW COOKER?

Whelp, honestly, I can attest to the awesomeness of the slow cooker! While I haven’t used it to the magnitude of others (Yes–some have baked cakes, cheesecakes, etc. in theirs!), I can say that it’s a really good kitchen appliance to have available.

As for the pros and cons, from my experience, I can say that the pros are the ease of use and the ‘set it and forget it’ ability, which gives you more flexibility to make your meal and do other things, especially if you’re really busy.

Honestly, my only con was that since I’m not use to this ‘type’ of cooking method, I found that it took ‘awhile’ to get things going in terms of the heating process.

However, I have since realized that the trick to this is by adding ‘heavier’ ingredients in first. I guess that it’s sensory in that way, so when it feels something heavy in the base, it’ll heat faster.

Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider

While I’ve used my slow cooker a handful of times, the only other recipe that features it is this Slow Cooker Quinoa Veggie Soup—which by the way is super popular with our readers! And for good reason—-it’s amazingly delicious!

Apple recipes on the other hand aren’t so scarce. Haha. They range from healthy drinks to delicious sweets and breakfast ideas.

What’s So Good About Apples, Anyway?

Whelp, in case you weren’t aware—Apples have a few great benefits when it comes to your health. Yup. That good saying, “One Apple a day keeps the Doctor away” is a fact. Haha.

In fact, Apples actually help to improve Neurological health, helps to prevent dementia, reduces your risk for stroke, lowers bad cholesterol, reduces your risk of diabetes, helps to ward off breast cancer, and helps to fight obesity.

When it comes to daily nutrition, Apples contain all the important stuff—Vitamin C, B-Complex Vitamins, Fiber, Calcium, Potassium, and Phytonutrients (which helps to protect our bodies from free radicals).

Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Need a Few Apple Recipe Ideas?

When it comes to this Apple Cranberry Ginger Lemon Detox Juice, it’s all about the spicy ginger and cranberry flavors paired with the bit of tartness from the lemon and granny apples. Great as a detox or a boost in digestion and immune system support; this recipe is completely natural, easy to make, and perfect for the Fall season. All Vegan ingredients.

This Caramel Apple Spice Cheesecake is the perfect Fall-inspired dessert with every bite. This cheesecake comes completely based with a thick tasty Pecans + Graham Cracker crust, a velvety delicious caramel cheesecake filling and a scrumptious caramelized apple spice glaze on top.

These Homemade Vegan Apple-Cinnamon Pop Tarts are nothing short of flaky, naturally sweet, and bursting with comforting spice flavors, both inside + out and topped with a beautiful Maple frosting.

These Vegan Apple Cider Donuts are surely a festive sweet way to indulge in the Holidays! Made with all vegan, organic ingredients and bursting with apple cider flavor, these donuts will leave you satisfied and grabbing for a second bite of everyone’s favorite sweet treat—the Doughnut (Donut).

This Cranberry Apple Cider Orange Sangria is a perfectly refreshing way to kick things off for the Holidays. Packed with a ton of sweet, Fall/Winter flavors—this recipe is the right way to enjoy a cup of non-alcoholic sangria.

And of course, for the many more available, you can search our ‘Apple’ on our site.

Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Let’s dig into this recipe, shall we?

Begin by turning on your slow cooker to it’s highest setting for 3 hours.

Add the apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, all spice, and cloves to your slow cooker and cover with water, leaving about an inch of space at the top so that it doesn’t boil over.

Let it simmer until the apples have softened entirely and everything becomes fragrant.

Once done, turn off your slow cooker, remove oranges, and carefully scoop spoonfuls (using a large cooking spoon) of the mixture and place it into a strainer over a large bowl, squeezing the apples to remove the excess juice. Continue this until all of apple cider is strained into the bowl. Discard the apples, cinnamon sticks and cloves.

Stir in the brown sugar or your other choice of sweetener until fully dissolved.

To serve, add apple cider to your prepared glass along with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick, if preferred.

Sip, sip and enjoy!

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Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider
Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 10 mins
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Ingredients

  • 8 organic Gala apples, peeled + diced
  • 1 large organic orange, sliced
  • 8-9 cups fresh water
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground all spice

Sweetener:

  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw; See Notes!)

Instructions

  • Begin by turning on your slow cooker to it's highest setting for 3 hours.
  • Add the apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, all spice, and cloves to your slow cooker and cover with water, leaving about an inch of space at the top so that it doesn't boil over.
  • Let it simmer until the apples have softened entirely and everything becomes fragrant.
  • Once done, turn off your slow cooker, remove oranges, and carefully scoop spoonfuls (using a large cooking spoon) of the mixture and place it into a strainer over a large bowl, squeezing the apples to remove the excess juice. Continue this until all of apple cider is strained into the bowl. Discard the apples, cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  • Stir in the brown sugar or your other choice of sweetener until fully dissolved.
  • To serve, add apple cider to your prepared glass along with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick, if preferred.
  • Sip, sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

SWEETENER: If you choose to opt out of brown sugar, you can substitute with pure maple or Agave as well.
STORAGE: Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly covered in your pitcher for up to 5 days. Can be frozen for up to 3 months and thawed in the refrigerator.

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