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Friday, January 25, 2013

Slow Cooker Applesauce

My girls would eat applesauce every day for every meal if I would let them. I may not let them have it for every meal, but I do let them have it often thanks to this healthy alternative to jarred applesauce. Here's my no-sugar, slow cooker apple sauce.

10 apples (use your favorite)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. water

Yes, it only take 3 ingredients to make yummy, chunky applesauce!

To start, peel and core all of your apples. Chop them into bite-sized piece and toss into your slow cooker. Sprinkle the 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon on top, covering as many apple pieces as possible. Next, add your water. Cook on low for 5 hours. 

Once your apples are nice and tender it's time to turn them into sauce. Listen carefully, I'm going to tell you my secret to perfectly chunky apple sauce... it's top secret... a potato masher! Yep, get out your potato masher and start mashing right in the slow cooker. Before you know it you'll have thick, chunky, delicious applesauce that tastes much better than the jarred stuff. After it's cooled down a bit, I usually store my applesauce in canning jars. The next time your kids are wanting apple sauce, give this a try. It's yummy, healthy, and your house will smell heavenly!

Slow Cooker Applesauce
Makes 5 cups

10 apples
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. water

Peel and core apples. Chop into bite-sized pieces and put in your slow cooker. Sprinkle cinnamon over the apples and add water. Cover and cook on low heat for 5 hours. Once apples are tender, mash until desired consistency. Store in refrigerator.

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Aleacia said...

Yum! Pinning for next apple season! :)

Kirsten said...

I have been wanting to make homemade applesauce for so long. Thanks for making it sound so easy - can't wait to try it!

Anonymous said...

How long does it last in the refrigerator? Can you freeze it?

Terri Thompson said...

I have never tried freezing it, so I'm unsure about that. It should last 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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