This recipe is one of my Fall favourites. I have quite the sweet tooth, so this is a wonderful alternative to a handful of halloween chocolates. I've infused the recipe with our Calm Tea because I love the flavours of cinnamon, orange, and chamomile that seep into the apples, while the liquorice root provides a natural sweetness. Don't be fooled into thinking that this will have that candy-liquorice flavour, what lends that to candy is actually star anise! I hope that this recipe keeps you cozy and comforted all through the season.
5-10 small apples (or 3-5 medium apples)
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
⅓ cup brewed Calm Tea
2 cinnamon sticks
Optional: 2ml Reishi mushroom tincture from Rainbo
Peel and core your apples however you’d like, then chop them into 1” pieces. While you’re doing this, boil your water for tea. Once boiled, let the 3 tbsp tea steep for as long as possible into 1 cup water so that you get a concentrated flavour.
Add everything to a large pot or dutch oven and stir to coat the apples in spices and liquid. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Eat them on their own, or serve with ice cream and granola. Another delicious idea: if you added them to some puff pastry sheets for apple turnovers! The options are endless, but I bet you'll be eating them by the spoonful!
*A note on reishi mushrooms:
I have been using Rainbo tinctures for a year and a half to support my autoimmune health, and love including them into my morning elixirs and baking. If you're curious, you can read more about them on Rainbo's website.