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Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider

This Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider will make your whole house smell amazing! It’s quick and easy-a must this Holiday Season!

Servings: Makes 8 (1 cup) servings

GREEN/BLUE/ PURPLE: 5 Smartpoints per serving

What ingredients do I need to make this Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider?

  • Apples- you will want to use a variety of 6 medium apples. I usually use 2 Gala, 2 Granny Smith, and 2 Golden Delicious which makes for a sweeter cider. For a sweeter cider- use Gala, Fuji, Cortland, Golden Delicious, or Red Delicious. For of a more tart flavor- use Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Braeburn, or McIntosh.
  • Navel oranges-two large oranges. You can keep the orange peels on-which gives the cider some bitterness- but if want the cider to be less bitter- then peel the oranges.
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Cinnamon sticks-for taste
  • Whole cloves-adjust to taste
  • Water
  • Zero point brown sugar sweetener- the sweetener I use is called Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener. The Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener has a 1:1 ratio to regular sugar. If you use different brand-such as Sukrin Gold– you’ll want to be sure to use the conversion for real sugar on back of the package. If you wanted-you can substitute the zero point brown sugar sweetener for regular unpacked brown sugar. The point value per serving would be 2 smartpoints.

What is Lakanto Monk Fruit Baking Sweetener?

Lakanto sweetener is derived from monk fruit. Monk fruit extract is all-natural—so you avoid the drawbacks of artificial sweeteners. Monk fruit extract is rated a zero on the glycemic index and has zero calories and zero carbs so it won’t spike blood sugar diabetics can incorporate it into their diet more easily than sugar.

  • Contains zero net carbs and zero calories.  Perfect for baking cookies, cakes, and other sweet, sugar-free treats.
  • Works with WW, ketogenic, diabetic, candida, paleo, vegan, low-carb, low-sugar, non-GMO, and all-natural diets.

    Where can I purchase Lankanto Monkfruit Classic Sweetener and Products?

    You can find all Lakanto monk fruit products online HERE.

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How do I make this Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider?

Place chopped apples and orange chunks with peels on or off into 6-quart Instant Pot.

Add cranberries.

 zero point brown sugar sweetener, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves.

Pour in enough water to cover all the fruits or fill water up to the max fill line.

Close lid. Cover and cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 15 minutes with a 15-20 minute natural pressure release.

It can take a while for it to come to pressure. About 15-20 minutes.

Open lid.

Remove cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange chunks. 

Mash the fruit with a potato mashed to release extra juices.

Using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth strain the apple mixture into a large bowl or container. 

Discard the remains from the strainer. Pour apple cider into a large pitcher.

 

Serve warm.

Ingredients: 

  • 6 medium apples (variety of apples), quartered
  • 2 medium oranges, cut in chunks, peeled or unpeeled* see note section 
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves, adjust to taste 
  • ½ cup zero point brown sugar sweetener-I use Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener. The Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener has a 1:1 ratio to regular sugar. If you use different brand-such as Sukrin Gold- you’ll want to be sure to use the conversion for real sugar on back of the package. If you wanted-you can substitute the zero point brown sugar sweetener for regular unpacked brown sugar. The point value per serving would be 2 smartpoints using regular unpacked brown sugar.
  • Water

 Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Place chopped apples with skins and orange chunks with peels on or off into 6-quart Instant Pot.
  2. Add cranberries, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar or zero point brown sugar sweetener, and whole cloves.
  3. Pour in enough water to cover all the fruits or fill water up to the max fill line.
  4. Close lid. Cover and cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 15 minutes with a 15-20 minute natural pressure release.
  5. It can take a while for it to come to pressure. About 15-20 minutes.
  6. Open lid. Remove cinnamon, cloves, and orange chunks. 
  7. Mash the fruit with a potato mashed to release extra juices. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth strain the apple mixture into a large bowl or container.
  8. Discard the remains from the strainer. Pour apple cider into a large pitcher.
  9. Serve warm.

Slow Cooker Directions:

  1. Place chopped apples with skins and orange chunks with peels on or off into a 6-quart Slow Cooker.
  2. Add cranberries, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar or zero point brown sugar sweetener, and whole cloves in a slow cooker.
  3. Pour in enough water to cover all the fruits or fill water up to the max fill line.
  4. Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours or HIGH for 1 1/2 hours. 
  5. Remove cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange chunks.
  6. Mash the fruit with a potato mashed to release extra juices. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth strain the apple mixture into a large bowl or container.
  7. Discard the remains from the strainer. Pour apple cider into a large pitcher.
  8. Serve warm.

Servings: Makes 8 (1 cup) servings

GREEN/BLUE/ PURPLE: 5 Smartpoints per serving or 7 smartpoints if using regular unpacked brown sugar.

 

Author Notes:

The Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener has a 1:1 ratio to regular sugar. If you use different brand-such as Sukrin Gold- you’ll want to be sure to use the conversion for real sugar on back of the package. If you wanted-you can substitute the zero point brown sugar sweetener for regular unpacked brown sugar. The point value per serving would be 2 smartpoints using regular unpacked brown sugar.

  • Do I peel the oranges?

You can keep the orange peels on-which gives the cider a little bitterness – but if want the cider to be less bitter- then peel the oranges.

  • What kind of apples do I use?

You will want to use a variety of apples. I usually use 2 Gala, 2 Granny Smith and 2 Golden Delicious which makes for a sweeter cider. Sweeter cider- use Gala, Fuji, Cortland, Golden Delicious, or Red Delicious. For of a more tart flavor- use Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Braeburn, or McIntosh.

EDIT: I need to apologize for the misinformation on the point value for this original recipe-I originally listed the point value as “zero points” when in fact it contains “fresh fruit juice.”  I had researched and knew if you blended fruit for a smoothie on WW, the nutritional data for fruit counts towards-and although in this recipe all the fruit gets discarded-the fruit juice remains-therefore I did get clarification from WW and have since updated this recipe point values to reflect the “fruit juice.”

According to WW, if the fruit is something you’ll drink, like a juice or fruit smoothie, the nutritional data for fruit counts towards the total SmartPoints value. If it’s something you’ll eat, like a salsa, sauce, stew or soup, most fresh fruits and vegetables have a 0 SmartPoints value. And although all the fruit is discarded in this recipe-it is considered a “drink” therefore it would count towards smartpoints.

 

Yield: 8

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider

Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider

This Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider will make your whole house smell amazing! It's quick and easy-a must this Holiday Season!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 medium apples (variety of apples), quartered 
  • 2 medium oranges, cut in chunks, peeled or unpeeled* see note section 
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole cloves, adjust to taste 
  • ½ cup zero point brown sugar sweetener- I use Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener* see note section
  • Water

Instructions

    Instant Pot Directions:

    Place chopped apples and orange chunks with peels on or off into 6-quart Instant Pot.
    Add cranberries, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar or zero point brown sugar sweetener and whole cloves.
    Pour in enough water to cover all the fruits or fill water up to the max fill line.
    Close lid. Cover and cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 15 minutes with a 15-20 minute natural pressure release. It can take 15-20 minutes to come to pressure.

    Open lid. Remove cinnamon, cloves, and orange chunks. 
    Mash the fruit with a potato mashed to release extra juices. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth strain the apple mixture into a large bowl or container.
    Discard the remains from the strainer. Pour apple cider into a large pitcher.
    Serve warm.


    Slow Cooker Directions
    :

    Place chopped apples and orange chunks with peels on or off into a 6-quart slow cooker.
    Add cranberries, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar or zero point brown sugar sweetener, and whole cloves in a slow cooker.
    Pour in enough water to cover all the fruits or fill water up to the max fill line.
    Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours or HIGH for 1 1/2 hours.
    Remove cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange chunks.
    Mash the fruit with a potato mashed to release extra juices. Using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth strain the apple mixture into a large bowl or container.
    Discard the remains from the strainer. Pour apple cider into a large pitcher.
    Serve warm as it is.

    Servings: Makes 8 (1 cup) servings

    GREEN/BLUE/ PURPLE: 5 Smartpoints per serving or 7 smartpoints if using regular unpacked brown sugar.

Notes

The Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener has a 1:1 ratio to regular sugar. If you use different brand-such as Sukrin Gold- you'll want to be sure to use the conversion for real sugar on back of the package. If you wanted-you can substitute the zero point brown sugar sweetener for regular unpacked brown sugar. The point value per serving would be 7 smartpoints using regular unpacked brown sugar.

Do I peel the oranges?

You can keep the orange peels on-which gives the cider a little bitterness - but if want the cider to be less bitter- then peel the oranges.

What kind of apples do I use?

You will want to use a variety of apples. I usually use 2 Gala, 2 Granny Smith and 2 Golden Delicious which makes for a sweeter cider. Sweeter cider- use Gala, Fuji, Cortland, Golden Delicious, or Red Delicious. For of a more tart flavor- use Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Braeburn, or McIntosh.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Total Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 48gNet Carbohydrates: 41gFiber: 7gSugar: 12gProtein: 7g

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joyce mann

Monday 16th of November 2020

According to weight watchers if you drink fruit, it is points, how does that work with your drink

Lindsay Kehl

Monday 16th of November 2020

Hi Joyce,

Thank you for reaching out. I want to apologize for the misinformation on the point value for this recipe-I had original listed the point value as "zero points" when in fact it contains "fresh fruit juice."  I had researched and knew if you blended fruit for a smoothie on WW, the nutritional data for fruit counts towards-and although in this recipe all the fruit gets discarded-the fruit juice remains-therefore I did get clarification from WW and have since updated this recipe point values to reflect the fruit "juice."

According to WW, if the fruit is something you’ll drink, like a juice or fruit smoothie, the nutritional data for fruit counts towards the total SmartPoints value. If it’s something you’ll eat, like a salsa, sauce, stew or soup, most fresh fruits and vegetables have a 0 SmartPoints value. And although all the fruit is discarded in this recipe-it is considered a "DRINK" therefore it would count towards smartpoints.

Lauren

Sunday 15th of November 2020

I'm confused . . . for the slow cooker, do you add the water at beginning of 1.5 hours or AFTER the 1.5 hours? Thanks!

Lindsay Kehl

Sunday 15th of November 2020

Hi Lauren,

Thanks for reaching out. I apologize if that is confusing-You will add the water on top of all the fruit PRIOR to cooking.

Hope that helps.

Thanks

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