I received a apples from Stemilt Growers as compensation for this post. All text and opinions are my own.
I grew up in New York, which is known for its apples. Macintosh apples were so plentiful in the fall that we had them every day for at least 3 months. I miss the sweetness and freshness of those apples not to mention the apple cider!
Stemilt growers sent me a sampling of the apples they have this fall. They always send me some of the best fruit. These apples were juicy and sweet. They sent a few different varieties, which I think, are always great in applesauce.
I haven’t found a store-bought applesauce that comes close to homemade. I was desperate for homemade but can’t seem to find to the time to watch the stove while it cooks the old fashioned way. It also seems incredibly tedious to peel 3 pounds of apples. I love that this recipe means that I can have homemade applesauce without peeling apples and without worrying about setting the house on fire because I forgot I was making applesauce.
I don’t know why anyone would add a sweetener to applesauce. When you use the freshest apples that are in season, they don’t need any. I just like to add a few spices to compliment the sweetness.
I ended up turning some of the sauce into baby food. If you want to do that, then either use a high-speed blender to ensure that it’s completely smooth or peel the apples. The peel can be a choking hazard for young children and babies.
An easy recipe for applesauce that doesn’t require you to peel the apples, just toss them into the slow cooker. The sweetness comes from the apples and just uses spices to enhance the flavor of the fruit. The recipe contains no sugar or honey which makes it suitable for vegan, autoimmune protocol and paleo diets. It’s also allergy friendly (gluten, dairy, seafood, nut, egg, and soy free).
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:4 hours
Total Time:4 hours 20 mins
Yield:about 4 cups
6 medium Apples (about 3 pounds), peeled if desired, and chopped
1/3 cup Water
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Cloves
Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
If you prefer your applesauce chunky, leave as is and store in the refrigerator.
If you left skins on or prefer smooth applesauce, blend with an immersion blender or regular blender in batches.
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