Friday, October 5, 2012

Simple, Easy Crockpot Applesauce

I'm not a big crockpot person...that is until now.  I know, I have 3 kids and I should be using a crockpot to make my dinner prep/work easier but I never felt the need to get one.  Well, I finally broke down and bought one and just at the perfect time!  The kids and I went to a local apple orchard and brought home more apples than I had planned...so what to do with all of those apples?  Well make applesauce of course!  I found the easiest, most delicious recipe using my crockpot.  You can add as much or little cinnamon as you like, or omit it all together if you don't like any seasoning in your applesauce.  Not only do we like to eat our applesauce plain as a snack, I like to top my greek yogurt with some applesauce and a handful of granola for a tasty breakfast treat.  You can also substitute applesauce for oil in most baking recipes for a healthy alternative.  What a great way to use up all of those apples before they go bad!

Crockpot Applesauce

8-10 apples, any variety - peeled, cored, and cut up into chunks
1/2 cup water
1/4 - 1/2 cup Truvia or organic sugar (vary amount depending on personal taste preference)
Cinnamon - add as much as you like

Place all ingredients in a 6 + qt Crockpot, cover and set on high for 4 hours or low for 8-10 hours.   You can leave it chunky if you prefer your applesauce with a lot of texture.  I used my potato masher and mashed my applesauce up a bit to have a little bit of texture.  Either way, you end up with delicious  applesauce!

Enjoy it warm with some vanilla ice cream or cool with granola or however you like!   Enjoy...