Easy Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce (No Sugar Added)

Easy Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce
 

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.

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Advantages of Using a Slow Cooker 

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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:

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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:

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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? 

Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

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!

Raw apples vs applesauce

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)

Prep time: Cook time: 6Yield: 8 portions

Ingredients:

  • 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. 
 

Equipment:

 

Instructions:

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.

  1. Roughly chop apples into 1- to 2-inch pieces, depending on how chunky you prefer your applesauce.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of the slow cooker, and close the lid.
  3. Cook the applesauce: Cook on LOW temperature for 6 hours, stirring two or three times during cooking until apples are very softened.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve it warm and enjoy!
  6. 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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Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

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Easy Banana Bread with Millet and Coconut Flour (gluten-free)

BANANA BREAD WITH COCONUT AND MILLET FLOUR (GLUTEN-FREE)

I was looking for a dessert recipe to be delicious and at the same time, to fulfill the requirements of being white sugar and white flour free. After some attempts, I finally ended up baking the perfect healthy banana bread using millet and coconut flour, which got my family approval. You will love the flavor and texture of this bread, that can also be made part of your breakfast….. And yes, it is gluten-free!

Main Reasons to Avoid  White Flour and Refined Sugar

Let me share with you why I am not “going with the crowd” when it comes to picking the ingredients on my desserts recipes:

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WHITE FLOUR

Known as ‘White poison”, white flour is becoming a necessity for all of us, but it impacts our health drastically.

  1. During processing, all nutrients are lost.  “Enriched flour” labels mean nothing but 3-4 vitamins at the cost of 10 vitamins lost.
  2. It releases sugar into your bloodstream quickly. Because of its high Glycemic index (GI), white flour consumption spikes up your sugar levels.
  3. During the refining process, all nutrients are removed, and it becomes acidic in nature. Over-acidity is one of the major causes of chronic inflammation,
  4.  It is without fiber, it congests the system, slows down digestion creating a sluggish metabolism.
WHITE SUGAR

Problems occur when you consume too much added sugar — that is, the sugar that food manufacturers add to products to increase flavor or extend shelf life.

  1. It can raise blood pressure and increase chronic inflammation, both of which are pathological pathways to heart disease.
  2. It contributes to weight gain by tricking your body into turning off its appetite-control system because liquid calories are not as satisfying as calories from solid foods.
  3. It increases the chances of higher blood pressure, inflammation, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.

Getting the Best of Both Worlds.

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You can still enjoy delicious desserts choosing the right sweeteners and good flours. Remember that consuming them in the appropriate amounts is the key to get its perks.

Consequently, the ingredients in this yummy banana bread provide so many health benefits that you will not hesitate in taking a slice as a snack or a like a grab and go meal!

  • Ripe bananas: The brown spots on bananas indicate TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor). TNF helps fight against abnormal cells in the body. Your body can easily break down the carbohydrates in ripe bananas, and they can even aid in digestion
  • Millet Flour: It as a good source of some essential nutrients, including copper, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.
  • Coconut Flour:  It’s high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats and is free from wheat and other grains. It is also low in sugar, digestible carbohydrates and calories, and has a low score on the glycemic index.
  • Organic 100% Pure Maple Syrup: Similar to the contrast between whole and refined grains, unrefined natural sweeteners like maple syrup contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals than white table sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
  • Pecans: The healthy fats of pecan nutrition are powerful in the production of antioxidants, reduction of inflammation and merely provide a great-tasting addition to almost any dish.
  • Raisins: Raisins contain healthy vitamins and minerals. They are also fat-free and cholesterol-free, high in antioxidants, and an excellent source of fiber.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: It is richer tasting and may offer health benefits you won’t get from the synthetic version. It is a powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and reduces inflammation in the body.
  • Ceylon Cinnamon: Cinnamon can dramatically reduce insulin resistance, helping this vital hormone do its job.

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Are you ready to try this recipe?  There is no need for a mixer for this recipe! Clean-up is easy too.  On your marks. Get set… GO!


BANANA BREAD WITH MILLET AND COCONUT FLOUR (GLUTEN-FREE)

Prep time: 10 minutes   Cook time: 45 minutes   Yield: Makes one loaf

Ingredients:

Wet ingredients

    • 3 medium over-ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cups mashed banana) The riper the bananas, the better the loaf will taste.***
    • 1/4 cup of melted extra-virgin coconut oil.

Dry ingredients

Millet Flour

Coconut Flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Lightly oil spray your 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan*. In addition, cut 1 strip of unbleached parchment paper and cover the interior of the bread pan. This will help your bread lift out once it is baked.  (You can use a cupcake pan instead).
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium-size bowl and set aside.
  4. In a different bowl,  combine all the wet ingredients.
  5. Finally, mix together all ingredients in one bowl until well incorporated. Note: Overmixing or mixing using beaters will create a dry and thick loaf.
  6. Add pecans and/or raisins if you want to and mix.
  7. Pour into the lined loaf pan (or into the cupcake pan using cupcake baking cups).
  8. Bake for 45 min (when using a loaf pan)  or 30 min approx. (if using a cupcake pan).  Remove from the oven insert a toothpick into the loaf. If it does not come out cleanly, return the bread to the oven for another 5 minutes and check again. Continue until the toothpick removes clean
  9. Take it out from oven and let it cool down 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

BAKING CONSIDERATIONS:

*Aluminum bread pan works the best.  Glass pans are not recommended.

**Overmixing or mixing using beaters will create a dry and thick loaf.

***If you don’t have ripe bananas on hand,  pre-heat your oven 250ºF and bake the bananas (with the peel on)  over a tray for 15  to 20 min or until the bananas turn into a dark color. Be careful not to burn them.

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**** Keep the banana bread in a covered container in the fridge to preserve its freshness. It usually can be consumed in the next 4 days.

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