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Heart Healthy Recipe: Five Spice Apples with Honey

This recipe is packed with healthy ingredients that are good for lowering cholesterol. Apples and prunes offer soluble fiber that help lower cholesterol and fresh ginger helps lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Plus, this is a perfect recipe for fall! Try it today!

Five Spice Apples with Honey


4 small baking apples, such as McIntosh, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp

1/4 cup dried fruit bits or snipped prunes

3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans or hazelnuts

3 tablespoons honey

1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder

1 cup apple cider

1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil


  1. Core apples; peel a strip from the top of each apple. Place apples in a 3- to 4- qt. slow cooker. (If necessary, trim bottoms of apples so they will sit flat in the cooker.)

  2. In a small bowl combine the dried fruit, nuts, honey, and five spice powder. Spoon the mixture into the centers of the apples. Pour cider around apples; add ginger to cider. Dot apples with butter.

  3. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or high for 2.5 to 3 hours. Discard the ginger. Serve apples with cooking liquid.*

*If you like, pour cooking liquid into a small saucepan and add 2 tablespoons of dark rum and a 4 inch stick of cinnamon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove and discard cinnamon. Serve with apples.

Per Serving:

232 calories; fat 7g; cholesterol 8mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 45g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 4g; sugars 39g; protein 1g; vitamin a 182.1IU; vitamin c 6mg; thiamin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.2mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 5.2mcg; sodium 31mg; potassium 237mg; calcium 18mg; iron 0.6mg.


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