Crock Pot Apple Sauce (refined sugar free)
It’s apple season and our farmer’s market is overflowing with the fruit in all different shapes, sizes and colors. It’s funny, but I look forward to apple season so that I can chat with “the apple man.” I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know his name, but he is the sweetest old man who has been selling his delicious apples at our market for years. He lets you sample anything and is so knowledgable on his crop.
My mom recently took a trip to Apple Hill and was generous enough to share her bounty with me. She gave me one condition – that I had to give her back half of the apple sauce I made. I complied! Nothing could be better than homemade apple sauce and your house smelling of sweetness and spice all day long.
Some say using a crock pot for cooking is cheating, but I think it’s a great tool and we should take advantage of it! When I worked full time, I loved coming home to a fully cooked meal. Now that I’m a mom and have limited time to cook, I love it even more!
Grab your kids, husband, or roommate because peeling the apples takes a little time!
|Ingredients (makes about 10 cups)
20 medium apples (I used honey crisp, not too sour not too sweet)
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey (adjust to your taste, I don’t like it too sweet)
1/2-1 tablespoon lemon juice (adjust depending on how sour the apples are)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Peel, core, and slice the apples. I used an apple slicer to speed things up. Just make sure to keep a paring knife close by in case it misses any seeds.
Place all of the slices in a crock pot and pour water over them. Sprinkle the salt, cover, and set your timer to 6 hours on low.
After 6 hours has past, stir in the honey, lemon juice (if necessary), vanilla and cinnamon. Most of the apples will have broken down, but there will still be some chunks. If you like your apple sauce really smooth, run a immersion blender through the sauce or put it into a blender and pulse until smooth.
I usually store half in the freezer and the other half in an airtight container in the fridge. We go through it pretty quickly!
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