Crock Pot Applesauce

A couple of weeks ago, the boyfriend and I took a trip to a local orchard – it’s been a tradition since we started dating, and this was our third year going! I love this particular orchard because they have so much going on: a pumpkin patch, a veggie patch, and apple picking. Taking the drive out to the orchard is always one of my favorite days of the year, and I ALWAYS stock up!

Pumpkins
One for me, one for my bunny!

One of the best parts about heading to the orchard is the promise of fresh apple and pumpkin pies when we get home! The boyfriend and I got our boxes and our apple picker ready, and headed out to stock up on Red and Golden Delicious apples for baking.

Dave with apples
Handsome, isn’t he?

We wound up getting SO MANY apples that I had to come up with something new to do with them. My first thought? Applesauce! I have fond memories of my mom making applesauce from the fruit that we picked from the trees in the backyard, but I wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it. After a bit of searching, I found a great recipe for how to make crock pot applesauce and I used it as my guide. I decided against the added sugar, and went with a different type of apples and seasoning. The finished product turned out to be delicious and healthy!

Apples

Crock Pot Applesauce
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An easy way to make a delicious snack!
Ingredients
  • 7 large apples (I used a mixture of Red Delicious and Golden Delicious)
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ TB cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Wash, peel, and core all of your apples
  2. Chop each apple into small, bite-sized pieces and put them into a large crock pot
  3. Combine water, vanilla and the rest of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then pour over the apples, stirring them until coated
  4. Cover crock pot and cook on low until soft (somewhere between 3 and 4 hours)
  5. Use a masher to break apart the apple pieces. For a smoother texture, use a blender.
  6. Serve cold or hot

Apples Cooking in the Crock Pot

This applesauce keeps well in the refrigerator, and the original recipe says that you can even freeze it. It makes an awesome midday snack between classes! I will definitely be making this again – I plan to experiment with the “seasonings” next time, too!

Yum!

What is your favorite spice to use in applesauce? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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