One of my favorite things about fall is the fall foods – pumpkins, apples, and lots of baking! I especially love the smells of those things. This slow cooker applesauce is wonderful because the apple scent permeates through the kitchen for a few hours while the applesauce cooks.
I’ve made this a few times now, and you really can’t go wrong, plus it’s super healthy. I make it with no added sugar.
I also love that this tastes good after it's been frozen. I usually freeze it individual serving sizes and just pull one out the night before to put in my lunch bag.
Slow Cooker Applesauce
by Laura Smith
Keywords: freezer friendly slow-cooker side vegetarian fall
Ingredients (8 cups)
About 7-8 pounds of apples (any variety)
3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp lemon juice
Peel and cut the apples into chunks.
Add the cinnamon and lemon juice, and toss to coat all the apple chunks.
Place in the crock pot. I fill the crock pot to the top.
Cook on low heat for 2-4 hours, or until apples are soft. Keep in mind, all crock pots are different. Also, the mixture will cook down a lot. When apples are soft, turn off the crock pot. Mash apples with a potato masher to form applesauce of desired consistency. I prefer a chunky applesauce, so I just stop there. However, if you really want smooth applesauce you can blend or puree.
This makes about 8 cups of apple sauce. Store in refrigerator for a few days or freeze for a few weeks. I freeze these in individual servings. I also like to microwave them before I eat them – it tastes like apple pie!
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