No sugar is needed when you make this Healthy Crock Pot Applesauce! It's vegan, paleo and gluten free!
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Perfect for Less Than Perfect Apples!
When I get apples from my CSA, they aren't as pretty as the ones you get in the grocery store. They aren't shiny and waxed and they might have a worm or two! But that doesn't stop me from enjoying them. As a matter of fact, I enjoy them more, because that's how apples are supposed to look!
They aren't supposed to look like picture perfect specimens, they are supposed to look like real fruit, picked off of real trees, and filled with real bumps and bruises and little insect friends. They are absolutely perfect for making homemade applesauce. Applesauce that you feel good about eating! Spooned into individual jars, they make great after school snacks!
You Don't Have to Peel the Apples!
Even Coco admires these lovely, real apples. I've made this applesauce before. There is hardly even a recipe. I don't add any added sugar or cinnamon, though you could if you desired. Last time I made the applesauce, I peeled all the apples before dicing and putting in the slow cooker. This time I left the peels on and just immersion blended it all. There were a few little bits of peel, but it didn't bother us any and not having to peel was great!
Making Crock Pot Applesauce is so Easy!
Once you find out how easy it is, I bet you will make this every fall like I do! All you do is dice up your apples, place in a Crock Pot with a little lemon juice (I used a tablespoon), and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until apples are tender. You can then process through a food mill to remove the peels (if you didn't peel them first).
If you want it chunky, just kind of mash it up a bit, if you want it smoother, use an immersion blender to get it to the smoothness you want! That's all there is too it! You could change it up a bit by adding some brown sugar or cinnamon sticks at the beginning, or make a combination with half apples/half pears. The possibilities are endless! I also used these type of apples in my Apple Pie Sundae!
Slow Cooker or Crockpot Applesauce
I store it in cute little jars in the freezer. It's easy to take one out and pop it into your lunch bag. By lunchtime, it is usually thawed, but I even like it partially frozen. It would be perfect to take on a picnic, it will act almost like an ice pack if tossed into a cooler bag with other things you want to keep cool! It's also the perfect after school snack.
Other apple recipes you might like:
If you're looking an easy and healthy whole grain muffin that makes a great snack or even a quick treat for Thanksgiving - you'll love these Appel Streusel Muffins with Maple. Glaze.
These Easy Individual Apple Tarte Tatins look fancy, but only you will know how easy they are! Top them warm with some vanilla ice cream and you are in apple dessert heaven!
Not in the mood to bake, but love apple pies? Then you will loves these Easy and Healthy Apple Pie Smoothies! All the flavors of an apple pie in an easy to make smoothie!
Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce
- 8 cups apples diced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Place apples and lemon juice in slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- If you don't want the peel, process the apples through a food meal, otherwise mash with a potato masher or use an immersion blender if you want it smoother.
- Store in the fridge for up to 5 days, or it also freezes well.