Editors Note: Thank you to Sprouts for sponsoring this recipe!
It’s fall, it’s fall – my favorite season of all! This year, I’m sporting a big baby bump and am craving the warm cozy feeling you get from sipping a nice hot cup of tea.
The little one really likes her sugar fix (she loves soda!) so I’ve been crafting up ways to naturally sweeten my beverages while still drinking my favorite sweet things! Step in… apple juice. That’s right, home made fresh apple juice has been the sneakiest way to add a bit of sweetness to tea and even baked goods!
Today, I’m sharing my favorite apple and pear spiced tea. I love this drink because it’s a warming and cozy fall twist on a usual morning tea, but with an extra kick of fiber and flavor from fresh fruit. It also helps to settle my stomach when the little one is acting up because of the ginger and apple in the tea!
I source my apples and pears from Sprouts. I love the selection and varieties of apples at Sprouts, and in my experience, I’ve found that they are always really good quality. Did you know that in peak apple season Sprouts may carry 15-20 different types of apples?
It’s also nice that Sprouts carries both conventional as well as organic apples for really affordable prices. With the baby, I’m being more conscious of eating more organic produce (well washed, of course!) so it’s great to have an option that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
We always keep an eye out for the deals of the week when we plan our groceries (check out my meal planning post here) and it’s been super easy for me to look at the Sprouts app to know when the best deals are running!
If you’re anything like me, I only remember what 2-3 kinds of apples taste like – Granny Smith, Red Delicious, and Fuji. It’s so easy for me to stick to the tried and true but this post helped me venture out of my comfort zone! I learned about the proper way of keeping apples fresh, and which kinds are the best to use for each purpose.
For this apple and pear spiced tea, I used pink lady and gala apples. The pink lady adds a bit of tartness while the gala is juicy and great for a beverage application. I also used Bartlett pears to add a little extra sweetness and a nice complimentary flavor.
First, I juiced the apples and pears. Juicing can create a lot of delicious and fiber rich by product, but I like to use it in an apple cake like this recipe from Food 52.
If you don’t own a juicer, don’t worry! Instead you can chop up the apples and pears (leave the skins on) into 1/2 in cubes and add them directly to the boiling tea. I cook these until the apples and pears are fork tender, strain out the chunks, and eat them separately as a bonus treat!
In order to spice up my tea, I use Sprouts Mulling Spice. I love that it’s pre-blended and has dried lemon in the mix which adds a lovely tartness to cut through the sweetness. I also add some ground ginger which adds so much coziness!
What do you say, shall we cheers with a cozy batch of tea?Print
Apple and Pear Spiced Tea
Warm up this fall with a cozy tea sweetened and flavored with fresh apples, pears, and mulled with warming spices!
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- 5 large apples
- 3 large pears
- 3 cups water
- 3 black tea bags
- 1 tbsp. Sprouts mulling spice mix
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- In a juicer, juice 5 apples and 3 pears.
- Bring 3 cups of water plus the apple and pear juice to a boil.
- Add 3 tea bags, 1 tbsp. mulling spices (try putting these in a tea ball to make serving easy), and ½ tsp ground ginger.
- Steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain (or remove tea ball) and serve piping hot!