Apple Cranberry Compote

Apple Cranberry Compote

You’ll love this Apple Cranberry Compote!

Savor this alone as a hot dessert, or, top your breakfast oatmeal with this surprisingly delicious and fragrant cooked fruit mixture. The Instant Pot makes it easy and simple, but, you can simmer it on the stovetop on medium low for 15-20 minutes; stirring occasionally. It tastes like a crust-less mulled apple pie.

What’s a healthy pie?

The fruit is good for you! Leave the crust behind as you savor the comforting fruit and spices. I’d like to add vanilla ice cream a la mode, but, that would be defeating the purpose! Right? Maybe some nice cream or frozen yogurt is in order! I was going for the homey warmth and comfort of grandma’s kitchen…but, healthy this time. I knew this would taste good, but, even I was surprised by the depth of flavor this has. It tastes way better than apple pie, for someone trying to eat healthy.

But wait, there’s more! This apple cranberry compote gets healthier!

If you enjoy oatmeal for breakfast to reduce cholesterol, get plenty of fiber, and something good to last you to lunchtime. Add this apple cranberry compote to your oatmeal. I make a big batch, then add it to oatmeal cereal, quinoa, granola or steel-cut oats throughout the week. It will last for a week, and you can make your meals taste like pie for a week. Or instead, freeze some. It will last for up to three months and help make the winter cold more bearable! And, certainly more delicious, too.

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Oops!! This was a photo fail, but, I decided to use it anyway. My puppy enjoyed the aroma a little too much this today. Luckily, I rescued it in time! Sorry puppy!

Apple Cranberry Compote
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Try this apple compote over oatmeal for breakfast!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Californian
Serves:: 4-8 Makes: 4 Cups
  • 6 C Apples cored, diced; about 5-6 (use baking apples)unpeeled
  • 1 T Ground cinnamon
  • ½ t Kosher sea salt
  • ½ C Orange juice + 1 orange zested
  • ¼ C Molasses
  • ¼ C Coconut oil
  • ½ C Dried Sweetened Cranberries; add after cooking
  • 2 t Vanilla Extract
  • Garnish with pecans and fresh raspberries, if desired
  1. Chop apples into ½-1" chunks; Leave peels on.
  2. Add all ingredients, except cranberries and vanilla extract to the Instant Pot.
  3. Set valve to seal. Set timer to pressure cook for 4 minutes.
  4. Release using quick release or natural release.
  5. Serve warm or chilled.

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