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Hot healthy apple cider in your slow cooker (Easy recipe without refined sugar!)

Fall is here… and you know what that means? I’m enjoying a cup of my favorite Hot Apple Cider.

It’s so comforting drinking Malic Acid, Caramel Color, and Artificial Flavors…

Ahhh. Sooo delicious! 

Ok, I’m kidding. I’m not drinking that!

But seriously, these are the processed ingredients you’ll find in hot apple cider mixes at the store:

MALIC ACID: An artificial flavor enhancer and/or acidity regulator created in a lab from petrochemicals like butane. (1)

MALTODEXTRIN: Heavily processed powder often made from GMO corn. Linked to increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal issues – gas and diarrhea. (2

CARAMEL COLOR: There is Class III Caramel Color in Alpine Apple Cider mix, which is created with heat and ammonia – a process that produces a cancerous substance called 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI). (3) It is completely unnecessary, as apple cider should be naturally brown from the apples and spices.

ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS: Chemical mixtures synthesized in laboratories, derived from petroleum and other inedible substances. Cheaper than using real food. Makes processed food taste irresistible. (4)

NATURAL FLAVORS: Practically the exact same thing as Artificial Flavor, but it’s derived from substances found in nature (plants, animals, etc). This isn’t all it contains. Flavors typically contain preservatives, emulsifiers, solvents and other “incidental additives”, which can make up 80% or so of the formulation. Some of the most common incidental additives in flavors include: sodium benzoate, glycerin, potassium sorbate, and propylene glycol (none of which are labeled). (4)

These ingredients are disgusting! 

Instead of drinking that, I make spiced hot apple cider in my slow cooker with healthy ingredients and NO refined sugar:

This recipe is from my SLOW COOKER MEALS IN MINUTES bonus guide that’s only available through this Friday (September 29th).

I throw apples, ginger, an orange, and real spices into my slow cooker and turn it on for a few hours. It makes the most delicious apple cider that’s HEALTHY and it makes the house smell incredible. It’s the perfect way to celebrate fall! 

After the apples, orange, and spices cook down in the slow cooker for about 2 hours, all you do is strain the juice into a glass pitcher and enjoy! It’s naturally sweet from the apple and orange juice, so there is no refined sugar needed! It makes about four servings, and will keep in the fridge for about four days. 

Food Babe's Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 6 assorted apples, quartered
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1" piece ginger, grated
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 5-6 cups filtered water
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on high for 1 to 2 hours or low for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Strain the juice and enjoy!
Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

**Please use all organic ingredients if possible**


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One response to “Hot healthy apple cider in your slow cooker (Easy recipe without refined sugar!)

  1. Hello Food Babe, I really am grateful for health-conscious parents like you who are not afraid to tackle the hard issues for parents and citizens who can trust researched issues that can make a difference in all our lives. We really need you to help us even more today. One of my main concerns now is what’s up with all these sparkling water drinks that have no sugar, no sodium, non-GMO, and yet they have a variety of different flavors. It sounds too good to be true. Have you looked into these drinks? I would rather buy them instead of various juices and we stopped drinking sodas a long time ago. It seems to be a chemical of some kind that mimics flavors. Somehow that signals a red flag to me any time chemicals are involved. HELP!!!

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