My kids love applesauce. Ever since it was introduced to them as babies, they gobble the stuff right up. But if you’re like me and read the ingredient labels on what is available in the store, you’ll notice your choices either have high fructose corn syrup (evil), have no sweetness or cinnamon in the natural versions, or you have to pay an exorbitant amount for organic. Surely there’s another way.
Well, duh, make the stuff yourself, right? Previously, a friend had posted a link to a crock pot version originally posted on skinnytaste.com, so today I decided I would give it a try.
Start with 8 medium apples. Use a combination of golden delicious, fuji, gala, granny smith, etc. You’ll also need one lemon, a couple cinnamon sticks, and about 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar.
Peel, core and slice the apples.
Place the apples in a crock pot. Squeeze about 1 teaspoon of juice from the lemon and drizzle over the apples. Use a knife or vegetable peeler to get a strip of lemon peel, and place that in with the apples along with the cinnamon sticks and the brown sugar. Cook on low for about 6-7 hours, stirring occasionally, breaking up chunks.
After 6-7 hours, the sauce should be done. Remove the lemon peel and cinnamon sticks. We liked the sauce at this consistency, still having a few small chunks of apples, but you may wish to use an immersion blender or food processor to get the consistency you want.
Easy and healthy AND delicious!!