I can´t believe fall is almost here! This is my favorite season of the year and that makes me excited. I love the sunny days with clear skies, taking evening walks on the perfect weather, enjoying the traditional hot drinks and dishes full of spices, making preparations for Thanksgiving celebration, and wearing fall clothes. The perfect way for me to welcome it is making this easy homemade slow cooker applesauce (no sugar added) recipe. Ahhhh……. it is amazing, and yes 🙂 …..it´s healthy! You can have it as a snack, as a dessert or as a side dish of your entrée of chicken or pork (we try to avoid pork as much as we can though!).
In this post, I am going to give you all the details to recreate this delicious applesauce. Small steps always matter so I encourage you to take a look of the information and infographics provided in this article before you start putting hands on the recipe.
Advantages of Using a Slow Cooker
Have you ever tried making homemade applesauce in the slow cooker – or crockpot -? This kitchen appliance makes this recipe (and so many more) extremely easy. Just stick all the ingredients in the pot and a few hours later, you´ll get the most delicious applesauce you could ever imagine. So much better than store bought! Let me share with you the advantages I find using the slow cooker instead of the stove:
BOTTOM LINE: Cooking at high temperatures causes the food to lose a majority of its nutrients and makes digestion more difficult. You can preserve most of the apple nutrients by cooking them in a slow cooker. This appliance can save you time, effort and money. The crockpot is really an asset you can not miss.
What kind of apples should I use for this recipe?
There is a large variety of apples. The secret to making the perfect applesauce relies on picking the right kind to get the level of sweetness and/or tartness you are expecting.
NOTE: The idea is trying to avoid adding sugar to the recipe at all costs.
You also might want to check the apples on sale at the supermarket to go from there. In my case, I prefer using organic Fuji apples. I find them sweet enough to my taste and usually are very affordable in this area.
Take a look at the apple flavors guide below to make your own selection:
BOTTOM LINE: Pick the sweetness level you want to get in your applesauce and select the apples accordingly. You can make your own special combination.
Is applesauce really healthy? How good is it for dieting?
Apples are packed with numerous health benefits and while you don’t have to eat an apple a day to be healthy, eating an apple or a serving of applesauce several times a week is a good idea for your health and weight maintenance plan. On the following table chart, you will see the nutritional information contrast between a cup of raw apple slices and a cup of applesauce. This comparison can be helpful for you to decide how much is too much!
Weight Management Considerations:
- Pectin in apples suppresses your appetite, making apples or applesauce helpful in a weight loss program.
- Raw apples are better, but somewhat limited since most people find it difficult to eat more than one apple a day. They simply get tired of apples.
BOTTOM LINE: By eating applesauce a few times a week, you will benefit from its natural fiber, nutrients, and healing properties. Not only will you experience greater health, but you can also use applesauce as an appetite suppresser while enjoying its sweet and delicious taste.
Easy Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce Recipe
(No Sugar Added)
- 10 medium size apples (cored) – I like using organic Fuji apples.
- 1 tsp. of cinnamon (I use organic ground Ceylon)
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract (I use pure vanilla extract)
- 1/2 tsp. of Apple Pie Spice (A combination of ground nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, & ginger) ***
- 1/3 cup of water
- 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice
*** You can make Apple Pie Spice yourself at home following Betty Crocker’s recipe.
- Chef´s knife
- Cutting board
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Slow cooker
- Potato masher or immersion blender
- Canning starter kit (optional)
- Canning jars
NOTE: Wash your apples before you start even if they’re organic. Dirt and germs on the skins will be transferred into the flesh when you slice them.
- Roughly chop apples into 1- to 2-inch pieces, depending on how chunky you prefer your applesauce.
- Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of the slow cooker, and close the lid.
- Cook the applesauce: Cook on LOW temperature for 6 hours, stirring two or three times during cooking until apples are very softened.
- Puree the applesauce: Using a potato masher puree the applesauce until it reaches the consistency you like. You can use an immersion blender if you prefer.
- Serve it warm and enjoy!
- Cool the rest of the applesauce and divide between several containers. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
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