Do you want your house to smell amazing? YES? I think you do. Like apples and cinnamon and cloves and all of those warming spices? YES! In that case, you definitely want to be making your own apple cider.
I usually buy apple cider at the farmer’s market but making your own lets you control what kind of sweetener you use(maple syrup!) and how much you use (most recipes I see use 1 cup of white sugar and I just can’t even handle that). So if you want a lot of maple syrup, add a lot, if you don’t want any, leave it out! It is totally up to you!
Are you ready to give it a go?
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This recipe uses CHAGA. Chaga is a mushroom found on birch trees in Northern regions of the world (think Russia, Canada, Siberia). It has become quite popular in the last few years as it has been extensively researched for anti cancer benefits and anti tumor benefits(See this, and this) as well as a strong anti-oxidant (Like this and this!). Pretty cool that a mushroom can be so powerful! It grows here in Ontario but you can get chaga from Harmonic Arts where they harvest sustainably.
To make this recipe you need to chop everything up and throw it in the slow cooker and then wait, while your house starts to smell amazing. You are truly ready for fall when you are making your own apple cider. To fill out the rest of the fall checklist, please see below.
Apple cider? Check.
Cozy sweater and socks? Check.
Warm Blanket? Check.
Dog to cuddle with? Check.
Fireplace? uhhh I don’t have one of those. Ok Netflix instead? Check!
Are you looking for more cozy fall drinks? Try these:
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Chaga Apple Cider
Chaga apple cider made in the slow cooker along with other warming spices. The perfect fall beverage that you can drink hot or cold!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 hours
- Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings
- Category: Beverage
- Method: slow cooker
- Cuisine: Paleo, gluten free, refined sugar free
8-10 apples, quartered
1 orange, quartered
1 tbsp chaga pieces
1 tbsp cinnamon or 3 sticks
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp ashwagandha(optional)
3-6 tbsp maple syrup
water to cover
Add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker. Cover with water and give it a little stir. Place the slow cooker on high for 5 hours.
After the cider has been cooking for 5 hours pour everything through a strainer. I like to do this twice to make it very smooth and clear. Taste and add more maple syrup as needed. Store in the fridge for a week. Drink hot or cold. Enjoy!
Keywords: apple, cider, chaga, paleo, vegan