Category Archives: Apples

Vegan Apple Cookies

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The other day we went apple picking with our kids.. like we do EVERY year, it’s kind of a tradition. I love to be apple to show my kids how food grow, where does the food comes from.. and they really have fun at the same time. Also, it’s the perfect time to teach them few things about science… how trees are growing, where do apple come from, bees, plants… learning can be fun!

Since we had 40 pounds of fresh apples, I decided to make some cookies. They are delicious!! They taste like an apple crisp but in a cookie form. They next day there was any cookies left, hahaha! this recipe is super easy, you only need one bowl!

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Servings

16 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup old fashioned oats

3/4 cup all-pupose flour

1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup margarine (vegan type)

1/4 cup soymilk

1/3 cup finelly chopped apple

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350′F.

In a bowl (or your stand mixer), combine all the ingredients and mix until it’s well combined.

With an icecream spoon (or your hands) form medium size balls of the preparation. Press gently on them.

Cook for 7-8 minutes or util the are starting to turn a bit golden. To keep to cookies chewy, I always cook them a little less time, then once they are cooled they are still super moist and chewy, but cooked.

Serve and Enjoy!

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Pear & Apple Crumble

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We went apple picking in September and we have so many apples to eat.. haha, but we also finished with pears, my mom bought two giants boxes of fresh pears (They come from the same orchard we went to) and she gave some to us.

It’s so fun to go to that orchard, we go to the same place for the past 4 years, we even do each year a family picture at the same exact spot, awww, life is great! Also, we’re trying to do as much cool activities as possible with my mom since she will never be able to get rid of brain cancer (she did with bladder, kidney, uterus cancer, yay!). Life is short and precious, I want my kids to spend quality time with their grandparents (since they are still all alive) to create beautiful memories they will carry with them all their lives. I never had the chance to have grandparents, I will never know that feeling.. They are lucky to have great people around them.. As for my part, I want to spend time with my mom, because one day, I’ll be missing her a lot… It’s kind of hard to deal with my mom being super sick, but I’m trying to find peace inside my heart.. and my kids are helping a lot. They are my ultimate reason to live, each morning when I wake up, I’m thankful to be able to spend another day with them, each night when they go to sleep, I just can’t wait to be the next morning to see their smiles again.

Being a mom is truly the best thing in life.

Apples

I changed my original crumble recipe and there is the result, it’s sooooooooo good! It’s hard to explain but the brown sugar and the maple (and the resting time) kind of transform into a caramel while cooking, it’s so intense, hahaha, my husband is sooo happy I changed my recipe, I guess that means it’s good! Yay!

Servings

About 6 servings

Ingredients

* 4 ripe pears (I left the skin on), cored and diced

* 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced

* 1/3 cup brown sugar (packed)

* 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

* 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

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* 1 cup old fashioned oats

* 1 cup whole wheat flour

* 1/2 cup brown sugar

* 1/2 teaspoon  ground cinnamon

* 1/2 cup margarine, softened

(To be really vegan, make sure there is no ingredients related to milk in your margarine!)

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Directions

* Preheat oven 350′F

* Toss the diced pears and apple in a bowl with maple syrup, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and maple syrup. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.

* In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and margarine. Mix with your hands.

* In a baking dish, pour the pear’s mixture on the bottom.

* Put the oat mixture on top to cover the fruits completely.

* Cook for 30 minutes.

* Serve and enjoy!

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Apple & Maple Butter

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Apple’s season, what a beautiful time of the year! We still have a lot of apples of when we went apple picking, so I decided to make some apple butter.

Quebec being a major producer of apples and maple syrup, why not mix the two together?! The result is amazing!

Oh by the way… this recipe take about 2 hours to make.. it’s long but you’ll have an incredible result!

And remember, apple butter is made with the whole fruit so core, seeds and skin!

Servings

10 x 250ml jars

Ingredients

* 14 pounds apples (about 45-50 medium)

* 3 cups apple juice (pure, not from concentrate, without sugar)

* 3 cinnamon sticks

* 1 cup pure maple syrup

* 10 x 250 ml jars

 

Directions

* Start by washing all apples and jars.

* In a large pot, boil water. Boil your (Mason) jars to sterilize them. Turn off the heat. Leave the jars in water until use.

* Cut all apples, remove both both ends and diced. Keep the skin on!

* In a large stainless steal sauce pan, combine apples, apple juice and cinnamon sticks. Mix.

* Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until apples are tender. Stir while cooking.

* Remove cinnamon sticks. (If you want you can keep them and put them back in the next step of cooking)

* Crush apples and put them through a strainer , a sieve or a potato ricer to remove all the peels and seeds.

* Return apple puree to a new pan and simmer for about 25-30 minutes (medium). You’ll have to mix a lot of time in this step to prevent the puree from sticking to the bottom. Be careful not to burn yourself with air bubbles…

* Remove from heat when the desired thickness is reached.

Now you can add the maple syrup. Stir frequently.

* When the mixture reach again the desired thickness (the consistency should be thick enough to hold well in a spoon without slipping), remove from heat. Remove also the jars from the water.

* Pour the apple butter in jars.  Be careful not to overfill. Leave 1 cm (half inch) of space.

* With a wooden stick, remove all air bubbles in the jars.

* Put the lid, but do not overtighten.

* In a pot of water, put the jars and boil the water. For 250ml jars, it takes about 10 minutes.

* Remove from water, place on a cloth and stop touching them.

* Wait to hear a POP to tighten the lid completely. (If the jar does not POP, do again the step in the water.)

* Wait until the jars are room temperature before storing. Don’t forget to label them!

*Enjoy! and have a nice breakfast!