Slow Cooker Apple Pear Cider (Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut & tree nut free; top 8 free; vegan)
Recipe type: Drink
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Serves: 12 cups
With apples, pears and oranges, this is a full-flavored cider that is ripe with fall spices. This warm drink makes a ton and would be great for holiday get togethers. This spiced drink is naturally gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut and tree nut free; top 8 free as well as vegan.
  • 7 medium apples
  • 2 pears
  • 1 whole orange (do not peel)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 12 cups water
  • ½ to 1 cup brown sugar or other sweeter of choice, to taste
  1. Set your slow cooker on high--be sure it's a large enough one to hold all of the water needed.
  2. Wash and cut all fruit. It's OK if the seeds are still in it. Be sure to keep the skin on for additional flavor.
  3. Add the spices, half cup of brown sugar and water and cover. Cook for four hours.
  4. After four hours, take a potato masher and squish that fruit! You want to get all the good stuff out of it.
  5. Put the lid back on and allow it to meld for one more hour. This can meld longer, if you need it to.
  6. When you're ready to serve, taste it and see if additional sugar/sweetener is needed. When it's the right level of sweetness, strain the fruit, pulp and seeds with a fine mesh strainer.
  7. If you have any left after serving, keep covered in the refrigerator and warm when you're ready to serve again (it's also good cold).
Recipe by Allergy Awesomeness at