Yup, it’s that simple: A crock pot, some apples & cinnamon!
One of my mom’s favorite recipes is her homemade applesauce. She makes it every Thanksgiving. I like to make it for my girls, but dinner time is usually hectic in our house & i’m just happy I find time to make them healthy meals. Making applesauce takes time & you have to watch the pot, etc. I decided to try making applesauce in my “best pal” the crock pot. Now I make it all the time!
I can put it into the crock pot (with Maggie’s help) while Alex naps. It’s ready to serve the girls at dinner time & then still delicious when Tom & I eat later on. Also, it stays in the fridge for a few days.
How To Make Crock Pot Applesauce
Optional: butter & sugar
Directions: Peel & slice all of the apples. Make as many or as few as you’d like (between 5-20). Turn crock pot to high. Stir occasionally. Once the apples start to break down, add cinnamon to taste. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.
The optional ingredients are butter & sugar. You can add a tablespoon of butter in the crock pot before you add the apples, but it’s not necessary. Also, if you don’t think it’s sweet enough, add a tablespoon or 2 of sugar, again probably not necessary. Make sure to use MacIntosh apples for this recipe.
For peeling & slicing the apples, I highly recommend the Apple Mate 3 or something like it. The picture makes it look pretty scary, but it’s easy to use & really speeds up the process! It’s great for apple sauce, apple pie & also for making thin slices for the kids to snack on. I’ve had this one for years, so maybe there is something new/ less scary looking, but this one does the trick!
I slice the apples, & my little assistant puts all of the ingredients into the crock pot. A few hours later, we have homemade applesauce!