I don’t ever remember loving applesauce. I would occasionally buy it for recipes here and there, but it wasn’t a staple of my diet. I’ve recently been purchasing it for Baby Snob (the all-natural kind without added sugar), and she can’t get enough of it. It seemed easy enough to make at home, so I figured why not try!
This recipe came out so sweet that even the Food Snob couldn’t believe there are no added sweeteners to it. I originally made it for Baby Snob, but we’ve been eating it just as quickly as she has. It is great mixed in with yogurt, in baked goods, on top of these pancakes, or just straight out of the jar. It’s also so simple!
Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce (Maker’s Diet approved)
3 pounds of apples (I used Braeburn)
Juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1. Peel, core and cut apples into large chunks. Place apple in crockpot, pour lemon juice over them and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Cover and cook on high for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
2. Once apples are cooked down and soft, remove from crockpot and mash with a potato masher. This gives you a slightly chunky applesauce. If you want it smooth, just process it through a food processor. You might need to let it cool off before you do that though.
Yields: About 1 quart.
This brought me the joy of a little taste of fall in the dead of winter (even though as I type this, it is nearly 70 degrees outside).
If you don’t think you can eat an entire quart of applesauce before it goes bad, this freezes very well. I think I will end up making a bunch more of it this fall and freezing it to eat all winter long.