Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce (No Sugar Added)

Fall is upon us! The leaves are begin to turn. Comforting spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, are common scents in kitchens. The temperature is starting to cool down and I can begin to wear my favorite combination of jeans, boots, big earrings and scarfs. And the best part of Autumn? Seasonal fruits and vegetables.

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Included among Fall’s seasonal fruits are apples – many glorious kinds apples. It is estimated that there are over 7,500 different types of apples ranging in colors of red, pink, yellow, green, and bi- or even tri- mixtures of those colors. They may even have a russetted surface where the skin is rough and brown.

Although the U.S is the second largest producer of apples (China being number 1), the crab apple is the only kind that is native to North America. Others were not introduced into North America until the 17th century with the early colonists.

I love apples. I mean I really love apples. I wish I could convey to you how much I am infatuated with this fruit. It is a dream of mine to have all 7,500 apples trees. I would make apple donuts, apple cider, apple pie, baked apples, candy apples, apple fritters, apple stuffing – people would come from all over to see what I am making. And I would feed them all and we will all would be in one apple paradise.

But, since we have not reached that apple paradise, today I will share a recipe that is both easy to make and so delicious: Applesauce.  It is more than just a snack or a dessert. It can be used to replace some of the oil in baked goods. Applesauce can replace sugar in oatmeal or served next to pork or chicken. Often times, I eat it as a spread on toast instead of jelly. Who am I kidding? I eat it with everything.


SLOW COOKER APPLESAUCE

Once you make a homemade applesauce, you will never want a storebought sauce again. The flavors are not comparable and you have control over what goes into it. Leave the skins on the fruit to keep it a whole food item and to get the extra nutrients. I used a mixture of Gala and Golden Delicious apples for a depth of flavor. Not all apples are good for applesauce, so do some research before making your final decision. For a list of apples and what best to use them for click here for Betty Crocker’s guide or copy and paste: http://www.bettycrocker.com/how-to/tipslibrary/ingredients/apples-and-their-uses

Ingredients:

4 lbs apples (about 10 apples) any mixture. Cored and cut into large chunks

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup water

Directions:

Wash your apples
Wash your apples
Core and cut into large chunks. Leave the skins on. We want the nutrients of the skin.
Core and cut into large chunks (do not peel) and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Put apples and water in slow cooker on low for 6 hours.
Put apples and water in slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
When the cooked apples are cool enough to handle, mash the apples. Then use an immersion blender to get to desired consistency. You may also use a blender on the lowest setting. Watch it carefully, the applesauce should have a slight chunkiness to it. Pour the sauce in an air tigt container and store in the fridge. You can eat it warm or cold.
When the cooked apples are cool enough to handle, mash the apples. Then use an immersion blender to get to desired consistency. You may also use a blender on the lowest setting. Watch it carefully, the applesauce should have a slight chunkiness to it.

Pour the sauce in an air tight container and store in the fridge. You can eat it warm or cold.

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Serving suggestion: Top the sauce with walnuts and nutmeg. Enjoy!

For more information of apples and uses for applesauce, look at these links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/appetite-applesauce

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Donna says:

    I love applesauce when baking but have been lazy and not made my own so you have now encouraged me to get it done..today . Great post

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    1. It’s so easy to make. But, the flavor is out of this world. Thanks!

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