Easy Apple Cider Pie Recipe

Easy Apple Cider Pie Recipe

On a chilly autumn day, nothing makes me happier than the smell of an apple pie baking. 

It makes me want to light a fire and gather friends and family around the table.

This easy apple cider pie combines all the goodness of the season: apple cider, crisp apples and cinnamon-y apple pie spice.

Then, in another tribute to fall, it’s sweetened with maple syrup.

If pie baking isn’t something you do on a regular basis, this easy recipe results in a 5 star dessert that will make you feel like a pie master.

The key to a good pie is a good crust. My go-to crust is a homemade whole wheat pie crust. Flaky and delicious, I promise no one will suspect it is whole wheat.

Homemade Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Next, you want to peel your apples. I always buy granny smith apples for my pies. They stand up great to cooking and the slightly sour taste is the perfect foil to the maple syrup.

Peeling apples for homemade apple cider pie

The apples cook in a mixture of apple cider and maple syrup and this is where magic happens. It’s what sets this pie apart from an ordinary apple pie.

Apples cooking for homemade apple cider pie

Please read the directions carefully because you’ll need to drain the apples but save all the syrupy goodness.

After the apples have cooked down, you assemble the pie and bake.

The smells wafting from your oven will make the next 45 minutes agonizing while you wait for your pie to come out of the oven.

I’d advise you to have the vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream ready!

For years I have had requests to share this recipe, so here it finally is:

Homemade Apple Cider Pie Recipe



  1. Roll out 1/2 pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thickness. Place in a 9 inch pie plate and set aside.
  2. Combine cider and syrup in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Add apples and cook uncovered for 8 minutes.
  4. Drain the apples but reserve the syrup. You need 1 1/3 cups of liquid. You can add water if you don't have the complete 1 1/3 cups.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water. Pour your reserved liquid back into the saucepan and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Add the apples and apple pie spice to the saucepan. Continue to cook stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  7. Spoon mixture into pie shell.
  8. Roll out remaining pie dough and transfer to top of pie. Cut slits in top of crust.
  9. Bake at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes.

I hope your family enjoys this homemade easy apple cider pie as much as ours does.

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How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

Follow this recipe for how to make homemade mango salsa, and you can’t go wrong. Pretty much, if you can chop, you can make this recipe!

This recipe is excellent on it’s own. However, if you have any of the following at home, don’t be shy about adding:

1 diced peach
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 diced avocado (or 2 if you have ’em!)
1 diced red pepper

Or perhaps you are the type that wants to add them all? I say go for it!

Now I know that every family has a least one cilantro hater. (Is that you?)

If you want, you can leave out the cilantro and replace it with flat leafed parsley.

Mango Salsa Recipe

I love to serve this salsa with chips. But it’s also tasty on grilled chicken or broiled tilapia. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 mangos
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 sprigs cilantro, stem removed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and viens removed
  • 1 lime
  • Salt to taste


  1. Remove seeds from the tomato and finely chop.
  2. Finely chop mangos, onion and jalapeno.
  3. In a small bowl, gently stir together tomatoes, mangos, onion and jalapeno.
  4. Chop cilantro, toss into the salsa, and stir.
  5. Squeeze juice from the lime over the mixture. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Enjoy!

How will you be serving your homemade mango salsa?

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Homemade No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade No Churn Strawberry Ice CreamIs there anything better than cold ice cream on a steamy summer night?

Strawberries are so sweet and juicy this time of year, they are just begging to be made into no churn strawberry ice cream.

This recipe is so simple. There are only 4 ingredients. And the fact that it doesn’t need to be churned means less time and effort in the kitchen.

However, you will need an electric mixer. You can whip the heavy cream by hand, but using an electric mixer will speed up your prep time.

Your ice cream will get fairly hard after 6 hours of freezing. Allowing it to sit on the counter for a few minutes will greatly help with scooping.

easy to make strawberry ice cream

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream


  • 2 cups organic heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14 ounce can organic sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2/3 cups sugar


  1. In a large bowl, stir together chopped strawberries and sugar. Set aside and let sit for an hour.
  2. Once strawberries have sat for an hour, begin whipping the heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together the sweetened condensed milk and the strawberries, including all the juice.
  4. Stir the strawberry and sweetened condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream. Make sure they are thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour ice cream ingredients into a loaf pan and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  6. You will need to soften the strawberry ice cream slightly before scooping.
  7. Serve topped with fresh strawberries.
  8. Enjoy!

This is the perfect recipe for red, ripe strawberries.

no churn strawberry ice cream

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Homemade Corn Chips from Scratch

Homemade Corn Chips from ScratchHomemade corn chips from scratch are crisp, salty, and so much healthier than the store bought kind.

Even better, these chips are made from just 4 ingredients and they take under 30 minutes to bake.

The key to this recipe is to spread the corn chip batter out on a buttered cookie sheet and get it as thin as you can.

The thinner you spread it, the crispier the chips will be.

Homemade corn chips make the perfect addition to a lunch box or side to a bowl of chili, but they are best eaten while warm right after baking.

Warning: once you start eating these, you won’t be able to stop.

Homemade Corn Chips from Scratch


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Grease a rimmed cookie sheet.
  3. Bring the water and butter to boil in a small saucepan.
  4. Quickly stir in the cornmeal and salt and mix well.
  5. Spread the cornmeal batter out onto the pan as thin as you can get it. Try to maintain a rectangular shape. Don't worry if it gets lacey on the edges.
  6. Once spread, use a butter knife to cut chips into 1 inch squares.
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until crispy.

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Chili Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

chili flavored crispy roasted chickpeas

Chili flavored crispy roasted chickpeas is one of my family’s favorite snacks. It’s highly addictive, and it’s super easy to make.

To make sure the chickpeas get crispy, it does require planning ahead.

The secret to really crispy chickpeas: Rinse your chickpeas, then lay them out flat on a towel to dry. They need to dry overnight, or for about 8 hours.

You’ll know they are dry when some of the skins start separating from the chickpeas.

dry chickpeas to get them crispy

Once your chickpeas are dry, make sure you get them well coated with the oil and spices. Having them well seasoned makes them finger-licking good.

coat chickpeas with seasoning

Chickpeas are great roasted with a variety of flavors, but this chili combination is our family favorite. It’s not unlike the taste of a Dorito – minus the cheese.

Speaking of Doritos, we serve these in place of chips. They are definitely healthier, yet the taste is just as addictive!

Doritos Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas


  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas well. Spread out on a tea towel and allow to completely dry out.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl. Toss with olive oil until well coated.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together spices. Add to the chickpeas and toss again.
  5. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time.

Once you get the process of making crispy roasted chickpeas down, experiment with your favorite flavors. Then let us know what your favorite flavor combination is in the comments!

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Bunny Cups a Healthy Snack for Easter Party Fun!

Bunny Cups a Healthy Snack for Easter Party

Are you looking for a healthy snack for Easter party fun?

These bunny cups are a nice alternative to all the sweets and treats that pop up this time of year.

Layered in a glass cup, this snack is supposed to resemble the “dirt” dessert that is so popular. Instead of layering chocolate pudding and chocolate cookies, this “dirt” is made from healthy hummus with a layer of ground nuts.

I like to make my hummus from scratch, and have linked to my favorite recipe. If you are strapped for time, just pick up a tub from the grocery store.

Bunny Cup Ingredients:

1 recipe zucchini hummus or a 7 ounce container purchased hummus
1 package organic baby carrots
1 cup finely ground almonds
Celery leaves


  1. Using a spoon, fill a clear cup with hummus.
  2. Use a spoon to shake a layer of ground almonds over the top of the hummus.
  3. Take the pointed end of a knife and hollow out a small hole in the top of a baby carrot.
  4. Carrot with hole in top for bunny cup recipe

  5. Careful fill the hole with a small bit of hummus. Then, stuff the carrot hole with a celery leaf. (This step is optional)
  6. Celery Leaf in Baby Carrot

  7. Serve with additional carrots or your favorite whole grain chips for a delicious and nutritious treat!

The size of your glasses will determine how many bunny cups this recipe makes.

Make sure to serve with additional baby carrots since the dipping is so much fun!

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The Best Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffin Recipe

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MELT® Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Best Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffins

This Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffin Recipe is one of my family’s favorite recipes. Packed with sweet and juicy fruit and made with whole wheat flour, these muffins are a healthy treat I love to bake for an after school treat.

The secret to a muffin that is actually good for you is to start with fresh and wholesome ingredients.

Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffins Ingredients

While this recipe is a whole wheat muffin recipe, you don’t want to use all whole wheat flour in your recipe. A blend of 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached organic all purpose flour will add the health benefits of whole wheat flour but it won’t weigh your muffin down.

If you are making this recipe in winter, it is perfectly alright to use frozen fruit. In fact, it will probably be cheaper. There’s no need to defrost the berries first, just stir them in!

I like to keep my freezer stocked with frozen fruit at all times. You never know when the mood for a muffin will strike. Be prepared for muffin attacks is my motto.

Since this is a recipe I make frequently for my family, I knew it was the perfect recipe to try with MELT® Organic Rich & Creamy Spread. MELT® Organic is a line of luscious, organic spreads made from healthy oils for butter lovers seeking a much healthier alternative, available in Rich & Creamy (original), Honey, and NEW Chocolate.

What appeals to me about MELT Organic is it is made from the Perfect Blend of “good fats” like Virgin Coconut and Flax Seed oils.

It also is a product I can feel good about using. It is Non-GMO certified, organic, and sources fair trade ingredients.

Melt Rich and Creamy Melts Like Butter

As you can see, MELT Organic melts just like butter, but with half the saturated fat and fewer calories.

But could MELT Organic pass my family’s taste test in one of their very favorite recipes?

The Best Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffin Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups organic unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Melt Organic Rich & Creamy, melted
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Place paper liners in 12 muffin cups.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  4. Pour milk, eggs, and Melt into well and stir until well blended. Fold in blueberries, strawberries, and cherries.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each, three quarters full.
  6. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.

Our Cherry Berry Muffins turned out beautifully and not one family member asked if there was something different about this batch of muffins. In fact, all they asked is if they could please have another one.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MELT Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

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