This apple bake is a simple recipe made in your slow cooker or Instant Pot. Jazz up this paleo and vegan apple dessert with your favorite accompaniments.
Easter will be here sooner than we know it. I’m starting to test my Easter dessert recipes now rather than my usual last-minute. I know I’m lacking on dessert recipes here on the blog. I don’t really have a sweet tooth, that’s no secret. But I do love a simple fruit-based dessert every now and then. Plus Valentine’s Day is this week and instead of going out, my husband usually cooks dinner; this recipe is simple enough that he can make it so I’m adding it to my menu wish-list. I almost made baked apples but I thought I’d switch it up and make an apple ‘bake’ or casserole whatever you want to call it instead. Same ingredients, different shape.
What Kind of Apples To Use
For the apples , I used 4 medium-size red delicious apples. What type of apples doesn’t matter. Use the type of apple that you prefer. If I don’t have red delicious, I usually use gala or another sweet apple. I suggest you leave the skin on and don’t make the apples chunks too small. This will help the apples hold their shape and not turn to mush while they cook. The skin on the apples will be so soft when this is done cooking that it will start to peel off the apples.
Honey or Maple Syrup?
To make this recipe vegan you will need to use maple syrup. I have made this with both ways with honey and maple syrup and I honestly can’t taste a difference. The most recent time I made this I used half honey and half maple syrup – the best of both worlds!
Adding In Other Ingredients
I always add chopped walnuts nuts & raisins in this recipe but I’m listing them as optional because I understand that not everyone likes nuts and raisins. If you don’t like these ingredients, swap in something else. Almonds, pecans, cashews, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or chopped pitted dates are all great choices. What additional ingredients will you add to this recipe? While I use 4 ounces of nuts, you can use up to 6 ounces with the recipe written as-is. I did not add butter or ghee to this dish but you certainly can stir in a teaspoon or so as well. If you have an apple pie spice, this is a great place to use it. I like to use 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Primal Palate’s apple pie spice. Or just use 1 tsp cinnamon.
If you’re making this in your pressure cooker, don’t forget to add the additional 1 cup of water. Water isn’t needed if you’re using your slow cooker for this recipe.
Other apple recipes you might enjoy:
- 4 large apples, chopped into chunks
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon or 1/2 tsp cinnamon & 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
- 4 ounces nuts, chopped (optional)
- 4 ounces raisins (optional)
- 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut, shredded (optional for garnish)
- 1 cup water (for IP)
- Spray slow cooker generously with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together apples, maple syrup/honey, cinnamon, nuts, and raisins. Stir to mix well. Pour mixture into the slow cooker.
- Cook HIGH 2-4 hours, LOW 4-6.
- Spray IP generously with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together water, apples, maple syrup/honey, cinnamon, nuts, and raisins.
- Pour mixture into the pressure cooker.
- Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure and cook for 7 minutes. Quick release pressure.
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