Spiced Apricot & Apple Butter. A Healthy Whole-Food Fruit Spread.
This delicious and nutritious fresh fruit spread is composed of just a few whole ingredients, minus the processed sugars or other preservatives that you find in most store-bought products. Enjoy as you would any jam, jelly, or marmalade – to top your whole grain toast, stirred into breakfast oats/quinoa/buckwheat groats, or non-dairy yogurt – as a healthy sweetener and flavor booster!
– 1 pound Cortland apples/3 cups chopped (or another sweet apple of choice)
– 1 pound dried apricots/2 cups, soaked in water (rehydrating/softening the fruit for easy blending)
– 2 teaspoons cinnamon
– Pinch of salt (helps to enhance the flavor of the final product)
1. Add the apples to a large saucepan with just enough water to cover the fruit, along with the cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, covered. Cook until the apples are tender. Let the mixture cool slightly before pureeing it in a food processor/blender. Set aside.
2. To your food processor, add the soaked apricots (minus the soaking liquid) and blend until smooth. Then add the cooked apple mixture in with the pureed apricots, and blend to combine.
3. Place in a glass jar and store in the fridge. This fruit butter will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge, and if you have any left after that (it’s tasty stuff!), you can freeze it for up to 6 months.
– Apples contain Vitamin C, potassium and fiber.
– Dried apricots are a source of iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamins A, E, B vitamins, and fiber. Of course, they are still very high in natural sugars, so must be consumed in moderation. TIP: If you use unsulphured apricots, the final product will be a deeper brown color.
– Cinnamon contains manganese, calcium, and iron. It helps balance blood sugar levels, making it a great spice to use in sweet recipes like this! The essential oils found in cinnamon have anti-microbial benefits, and acts as a natural blood thinner – supporting healthy circulation and reducing the risk of blood clots.
Look out for my next post featuring an apple & apricot butter sweetened granola!