Nourish yourself while warming up with this easy and delicious homemade paleo apple cider! Only a few, natural ingredients, and sweetened with honey, this drink is perfect for fall, winter, and spring.
The most wonderful time of year.
I love cooler weather. The colors, the smells, the layering of clothing for the cool evenings… The lack of pollen allergies and sunburn… It’s all rather comforting. Thankfully, I don’t live too far in the south that I have to miss out on all of those things. Though I must say, my northern blood still finds it hilarious when the “cool evenings” of the south mean 65 degrees F to most of my friends.
One of my favorite parts of cooler weather, though, will always be the food. I love waking up to a pan of grain-free muffins, having a comforting bowl of soup for dinner, and sipping on a cup of easy homemade paleo apple cider any time of day!
Homemade paleo apple cider.
It’s true, I love hot chocolate, a nourishing latte, and eggnog, but apple cider has a special place in my heart. And I love that it’s so easy to make from home! Not only do I get to control the sweetness, making it fresh makes it healthier, too.
I love to make it with my homemade apple juice. It’s an easy and delicious way to get the nutrients from apple in my body without any unnecessary additives that usually come with store-bought apple juice. I like to get my organic apples from Azure Standard. Azure sells in-season, organic juicing apples and they make the best apple juice and homemade paleo apple cider! And when compared to buying organic apples from Walmart or Trader Joe’s, Azure’s are cheaper in season.
If you use a store-bought apple juice for this cider recipe, please make sure that it’s not filled with a bunch of added sugars or anything like that!
Health benefits of apples.
Besides the health benefits from the honey, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves, the homemade paleo apple cider is full of nourishment from apples! I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I’m not sure that’s 100% accurate, but apples are packed with nutritional goodness that will definitely help keep your body healthier and better able to heal itself.
Apples have a special type of fiber called pectin, which acts as a prebiotic, feeding the good bacteria in your gut. The skin from apples also contains quercetin, a flavonoid which helps regulate the immune system and reduces inflammation. This, along with the antioxidants in apples, make them helpful for people who struggle with allergies and asthma.
As far as vitamins and minerals go, apples are packed with potassium, vitamin A, lutein, zeaxanthin, beta carotene, and cryptoxanthin.
Apples are also great for your metabolism. So go ahead and drink your fill of this delicious apple cider!
More apple-y things.
Looking for more delicious ways to get those healthy fruits into your body? Here are a few more of my favorite apple recipes…
- Maple Apple Pie Chia Pudding
- Personal Pan Apple Pie
- Spiced Apple Butter in the Instant Pot
- Savory Pumpkin Muffins with Apple & Sage
- Apple Pie Filling in the Instant Pot
- Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl
- Probiotic Apple Pie Ice Cream
- Masala-Spiced Apple Donuts
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Homemade Paleo Apple Cider
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
1 quart apple juice (I use my homemade apple juice)
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
a pinch nutmeg
Add the apple juice into a saucepan and add spices.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for about 20 minutes.
Strain through a cheesecloth to remove spices, if desired.
Serve hot and refrigerate leftovers.