Sweet Saturdays

Last weekend we celebrated my oldest and youngest’s birthdays! Madison turned 5 and Mark turned 3! Can’t believe my babies are growing up so fast. My kids are actually pretty sensitive to gluten and dairy. Rylan and Madison seem to handle it okay, maybe just an icky tummy day and some attitude issues. Mark on the other hand is so extremely sensitive. This was my first year trying to make a paleo birthday party. Madison asked for an apple pie! Proud of that little girl. I also made almond butter cookies from The Paleo Mom and added white chocolate chips, some “chocolate roll-ee balls” which I may share later, and some chocolate dairy free cupcakes. For some reason, I’ve made chocolate cupcakes ever since Madison was 1.

But on to the pie!

Here’s what you’ll need for this tasty apple treat:

  • As many apples as you feel like peeling and cutting. I used about 2-3 lbs of small gala apples.
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • A few cracks salt (I use Pink Himalayan Salt. It has a higher trace mineral content.)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (If you’re not a cinnamon freak like me, drop it down to 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp cloves

Start off with peeling all of the apples. Then slide a handy dandy apple slicer and corer over it. This cuts the work in half! But, if you don’t have one of these handy tools (Go buy one at Dollar Tree…works just fine!), just chop them up into bite size pieces.

Add all of your apples into a large soup pot. Add all of the other ingredients and mix well. If you’re a cinnamon fanatic like me and use as much as I listed, it will be very dark. Don’t worry. Stir frequently as the juices of the apples start to come out. Keep it about on medium heat. You definitely don’t want to cook this too fast or too hot. Cook until your apples are soft. This can vary depending on the size of the slices, but really shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. When in doubt, pick a piece out, cool it off a few seconds and pop it in your mouth!

This was absolutely delicious on a gluten free pie crust. Even though the Pillsbury pre-made gluten free pie crust is expensive (I had a coupon of course!) it was very good. Knowing that I was making so many treats, I didn’t mind paying for the convenience. These apples could be a great desert, put in a pie, or put under a crumble.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It’s a beautiful Saturday here, the farmer’s market was a blast, and I look forward to sending you guys some more delicious recipes. Come back next Saturday and I’ll try to have something else sweet cooked up and ready for ya. You never know what this cinnamon loving Common Sense Cook will have cooked up next. Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S. If you try any of my recipes, I would LOVE to see pictures! Hop on over to http://www.facebook.com/commonsensecook Like the page and send me your pictures and comments! ❤

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