Wholesome R.D. Mom

Making Nutrition a Way of Life


Leave a comment

Crock Pot Cider Applesauce (unsweetened)

I don’t use my crock pot very often as my family is not fond of the resulting texture of numerous foods (namely meat) and the fact that my husband, daughter and sometimes son, claim they have compartmentalized stomaches disallowing any mixed dishes in the house.  However, there are a few recipes that have forced me to hang onto this kitchen appliance…….and this Cider Applesauce Recipe is one of them. Not only is this Cider applesauce delectably healthy, but the cooking process creates a warm nostalgic Fall aroma that is so comforting. This recipe contains no added sugar as the apples and spices create a perfect blend of sweetness and a healthy comfort food that the whole family with love. So what are you waiting for? It’s apple season right now and Fall can never come too soon!

image

Crock Pot Cider Applesauce (No Sugar Added)

Ingredients:

  • 10 large organic apples (if using smaller apples, like I have seen at Trader Joes, I would recommend doubling the amount to 20 apples)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground gloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Directions:

  • Cut the apples into 4 slices (in half, then in half again).
  • Peel and thinly slice the apples, then place them into your crock pot (my 4 quart crock pot is almost full with this amount of apples).
  • Sprinkle all of the spices evenly over the apples.
  • Cover and cook on high until apples are soft (about 4 hours).
  • About half way through the cooking open the lid and stir the spices into the apples then cover again for the remaining time.
  • For a chunky applesauce you can whisk the apples or use a potato masher to break up the larger pieces when done. If you prefer a smoother applesauce feel free to use an immersion blender or puree it in a blender in small batches after it cools a bit.
  • Transfer it to recycled mason jars and keep refrigerated.

photo image_1

A few ways we love to enjoy this Cider Applesauce are (oh, and we like it chunky):

  • On top of pancakes or waffles
  • Stuffed into crepes
  • Warmed in a bowl with a large dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola (this is when my kids think they are eating dessert for breakfast…..but how could I say “No?”)
  • As a side to accompany a delicious pork dinner.
  • As a late night snack and dessert
  • Mixed into muffins (or any recipe that might call for applesauce)
  • Anytime we darn well feel like it because it’s just that good!!!