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Best new meal in a jar. Healthy and Delicious.

Posted Oct 29 2012 12:25pm

Last week we took a trip to  Heritage General Store, if you haven't been to this coffee/bicycle shop it is way cool.  They carry Stumptown coffee, one of my husband's favorites, they handcraft dutch bikes, and they carry Southport Grocery cupcakes...enough said.  The atmostphere is so beautiful and relaxed. I don't even drink coffee but I ask to go there.  We were sitting outside, Ryan enjoying his coffee when a co-worker of his sat next to us eating yogurt and something in a jar... yogurt and applesauce!  What an interesting combination, a little nervous about the mixing of the textures but it has potential.  After thinking about it non-stop for a week I decided to make my own with homemade applesauce, vanilla greek yogurt, and my homemade pumpkin spice granola.  

I did some searching before putting together my own recipe for applesauce.  I knew I wanted to use my slow-cooker, I love cinnamon, lemon sounded interesting, and a few different types of apples (most recipes say it gives the best flavor to have variety).

Variety of apples peeled ready to be chopped.

At the grocery store I picked up a bag of Fuji apples, I knew we had some granny smith at home, and I can't turn down the amazing smell of Honeycrisp apples even though they can be a bit pricey.  The combination of apples really does give it a nice full flavor.
4 Fuji apples
2 Honeycrisp apples
1  large Granny Smith apple
Juice of 1 lemon
Peel of 1 lemon
2 tsp Cinnamon
5 tsp Agave Nectar
1/4 cup water
1) Peel and chop the apples into bite size pieces and place in the slow-cooker.
2) Juice and peel the lemon, add to slow-cooker.
3) Add the cinnamon, agave nectar, and water. Mix all ingredients together.
4) Place the slow-cooker on the low setting for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
5) Once the slow-cooker is finished you can stir or use an immersion blender with the whisk attachment to mix until a smooth consistency is formed. If you like chunky applesauce you can skip this step.
6) Let cool and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

The final product was sweet with hints of lemon and cinnamon. It almost has a caramel color to it! Bonus: our house smells wonderful even the next day!

The applesauce complete so now I could give the yogurt, granola, applesauce combo a try.  I took out a maison jar, just like they serve it at Heritage so it would look just as cute and filled it layer by layer; first applesauce, second vanilla greek yogurt, and lastly my homemade pumpkin spiced granola.   So delicious and full of goodness!  
Approximately 3/4 cup applesauce, 3/4 cup greek vanilla yogurt, and 1/2 cup granola topping. A filling lunch, breakfast, or snack with protein, fiber, and antioxidants!

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