Let the slow cooker make your applesauce in the background while you get to work in the kitchen. It tastes delicious, freezes well, has no added refined sugar, and works out a whole lot cheaper than the store-bought variety!
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Slow Cooker Applesauce
Let me introduce you to my newest obsession: slow cooker applesauce.
Applesauce is applesauce I hear you say.
Normally I would totally agree.....
I have never been an applesauce person either.
I didn't/don't feed my kids purees, so applesauce was never something we really ever needed or thought about.
Unless we were having German food. Then I loved some applesauce. Especially with pork....yum! But I digress...
Since moving to the US, however, I have felt it a bit necessary to jump on the applesauce bandwagon.
It is perfect for subbing out eggs for people with allergies, or vegan friends, and adds a great touch of sweetness without the need for any extra sugar.
How To Make Your Own Applesauce
Here's the thing.
When you start using applesauce in all of your baking, it can get pretty expensive pretty fast!
This stuff is not cheap, especially when you move back to Australia, where applesauce really isn't a thing, so if you want it you have to resort to buying the little tubs.
Enter the farmers market.
I started by buying a huge box of 'ugly' apples at the farmers market for dirt cheap.
You will need:
- apples (use a variety for the best flavour)
- ground cinnamon
- ground nutmeg
Is It Hard? And Why The Slow Cooker Over Stove Top?
Now, I know normal applesauce is super easy to make but, if like me, you can't justify spending the time watching something on the stove if it isn't going to be the star of a dish then this slow cooker applesauce is perfect for you.
Set, forget and blend. Done.
Applesauce for everyone with no hassle.
Stove Top: If you don't have a slow cooker, this can absolutely be made on the stovetop, just follow the instructions and let it cook on medium heat for about 25 minutes.
How To Store Slow Cooker Applesauce
With this batch, I froze some in reusable pouches for summertime, some in canning jars for my cooking creations, and then popped some in the fridge for when the urge strikes.
I also made some yummy Brown Butter and Apple Spiced Muffins. These are so good, you absolutely must give them a go!
Need Some More Slow Cooker Recipes?
Of course you do, cooking in the slow cooker makes life so easy!
- Slow Cooker Savory Black Beans
- Garlicky Herbed Cauliflower Mash In The Slow Cooker
- Slow Cooker Potato Leek and Cheddar Soup
- Spiced Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider
Slow Cooker Applesauce
- Slow Cooker
- 10 medium sized apples use a variety for the best flavour
- 1 large lemon juiced
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- Wash the apples well and then core and quarter them
- Toss the apples in the slow cooker with the lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg
- Cook on low for 4 hours
- Blend the apples in batches in the blender (remember it will expand when hot so don't put too much in the blender. A handheld immersion blender would work great here if you have one)
- Serve and enjoy
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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