It was a little over a year ago that I discovered that you can make applesauce in the crock-pot. However, I never got around to trying it myself. With apple season upon us, I thought it was time to change that.
I set out looking for a recipe. Every recipe I found had added sugar in it. I contemplated using a sugar substitute, but then I got to thinking…apples are full of natural sugars, let’s just see what happens if I do not add any kind of sugar and rely on the apples natural sweetness to shine through.
So I used 6 apples (I used 2 Gala, 2 Golden Delicious & 2 Honey Crisp), 1 strip of lemon peel (using a vegetable peeler), 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 cinnamon stick. I timed it so that the applesauce would be ready as an after school snack. I was so anxious to see how it turned out.
I couldn’t have been more pleased! It turned out great and definitely did not need any added sweetness. Both of my boys had their serving cashed in only a couple of bites and were immediately asking for seconds. I asked what their favorite part about it was and they said they liked that it was warm. I also left some chunks in it instead of blending it smooth and they said they liked the chunks of apple as well.
Especially during the colder months, I plan to pack some in a thermos for lunch. It is super easy to make and is nutritious and delicious. The perfect trifecta!
Recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com.
- 6 medium apples (I used 2 Gala, 2 Golden Delicious & 2 Honey Crisp)
- 1 strip of lemon peel
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 inch cinnamon stick
- Peel, core & slice the apples.
- Place the apples in the slow cooker. Add the cinnamon stick, lemon peel & lemon juice.
- Set crock-pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally.
- Remove cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth, or if you prefer a chunky sauce, leave sauce intact.
Makes 3 cups applesauce. Each serving (1/4 cup) has approximately 9.7g of carbs and 1g of dietary fiber. Total NET CARBS= 8.7g.
36.7 Calories; 0.1g Total Fat; 0.2g Protein; 9.7g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 7.7g Sugar.