Edible Giving: Easy Apple Compote. Plus, Vegan Chocolate Pie!
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I didn’t care for apples as a kid (which is so strange, because I go crazy for them nowadays). But I did love apple butter, apple compote, applesauce, and apple juice. Nowadays, apple sauce seems to pale in comparison to the delight of biting into a crisp, sweet autumn Fuji or honeycrisp or braeburn, but I do still love apple compote. This fall, I made a very quick, easy version. I’ve saved it to share with you now that the holiday season has arrived, because I think it would make a fabulous edible gift!

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Easy Apple Compote

Author - Gena Hamshaw


  • 2 pounds apples of choice peeled and cut into chunks about 1 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons organic brown sugar evaporated cane juice, coconut sugar, or demerara sugar
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup orange juice apple cider, or water


  • Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer till the apples are soft and the liquid has evaporated off, about 30-35 minutes.
  • Makes 2 cups. Recipe can easily be doubled. Will keep, stored in an airtight container, for a week.

And that’s it! You can gift this lovely condiment in mason jars, or any other leftover glass jars you’ve got. It’s great stirred into oats, served on pancakes, or–my favorite and simple preparation–spread onto sprouted grain toast, along with some almond butter, if you wish!

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Whether you share it or keep it all to yourself, I hope you enjoy it this winter.

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And since we’re on the topic of highly enjoyable things, I should mention that I have a recipe for pie up at The New Veganism on Food52 today.


 Chocolate silk pie. Chocolate no bake silk pie, to be exact. It’s easy and delicious, and you should head over to Food52 for the recipe just as soon as you can.

On that note, friends, I wish you a great night!


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Categories: Recipes, Side Dishes
Method: Stovetop
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, No Oil, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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  2. Gena,
    What kind of graham crackers do you use I can only find ones that are vegan except for honey?

  3. I love love love fruit based condiments, and lately I’ve been a huge fan of pumpkin and pear butter. This apple compote looks like it would be a lovely addition to my rotation. I’ve been adding pear butter to sauces along with maple syrup and dijon mustard, but I’d probably just have to eat this by the spoonful!

  4. Both the compote and the pie look amazing! Both will be on my to-make list this Christmas 🙂

  5. Ditto to Shirleen’s question. Do we have to peel the apples? I want to make this as a Christmas gift! 🙂

      • I made this as a Christmas gift for my Dad. He loved it! So did the rest of the family. I had to make more yesterday! It tastes amazing in my morning oatmeal 🙂

        Thanks for the great recipe, Gena.

  6. That looks pretty tasty to me actually! Big fan of apples! I normally have bananas on bread! It sounds weird but it’s pretty damn tasty!

    • Great question, and so sorry not to specify! Yes, I recommend peeling. Just updated the recipe. Thanks Shirleen.

  7. How yummy! I just love this series that you’re doing. You are giving me so many good idea to take home to my family. And I love the idea of spreading it on bread .. I don’t know why but whenever I think compote I just think meat and so I usually don’t even think about having compote with anything else (other than spooning it directly into my mouth) ..

    And I’m with ya and Andrea, almond butter with that sounds divine.