Perfect Fall Recipe: CrockPot Apple Sauce
Not much beats homemade apple sauce and making it in the crockpot will make the house smell heavenly and feel just like fall. Plus, using the crockpot is a great way to make a healthy snack without a lot of work.
Apple sauce is a wonderful snack. Its texture and sweetness make it a comfort food – reminding us of childhood. For me, it brings me back to my grandparent’s kitchen. My grandpa always had a big pot of apple sauce going. I think if he was able to try my version, he’d be impressed.
Apples are a terrific source of natural fiber and vitamin C. They also have many other health benefits which make choosing apple sauce as a snack for your family a great choice.
The healthiest apple sauce is made from organic apples, so whenever possible opt for the organic varieties. Actually, Sprouts has organic apples on sale this week for only $1.49 a pound! Score!
Apples come in an assortment of flavors ranging from sweet to tart. Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Honey Crisp are sweeter and Granny Smith are tart.
The advantage of making homemade apple sauce is that you can control the quality of ingredient, and the amount of sugar.
CrockPot Apple Sauce Recipe
3-4 lbs apples (a mixed variety is best)
¼ cup water
2 tbsp honey, optional
1 cinnamon stick or 2 tsp ground cinnamon, optional
- Use a 6-quart crockpot.
- Peel, core and chop apples into about 2 inch pieces
- Pour water into crockpot insert, and add apples.
- Drizzle honey over the top (if using), and add cinnamon stick (or ground cinnamon)
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Remove cinnamon sticks (if using) and using an immersion blender, puree apple sauce to desired thickness.
This recipe freezes really well and can also be canned – if there are any leftovers!
Lindsie lives in Denver with her two-year-old son, Anthony, and her husband D.J. She writes for her blog Mom’s Bistro (www.momsbistro.net), where she creates and shares recipes, basic cooking techniques and shares menu plans. Lindsie is extremely passionate about fighting hunger and her spare time, she works with her local food banks to make sure that no one goes hungry. Join Lindsie in her voyage to embrace life, motherhood and live sustainably.