Sunday, September 15, 2013

Organic Unsweetened Cinnamon & Clove Crockpot Applesauce

I bought a bunch of organic apples from Green Bean Delivery and, like last year, I wanted to make and freeze some applesauce to use throughout the year. However, my task this year was to make unsweetened applesauce. Apples are naturally sweet and there is no need to add all that sugar to what can be a nutritious side dish! I got the idea for the cinnamon and clove seasoning from The Elliott Homestead.

I like to keep my applesauce a little chunky at the end, but if you prefer it smooth or have small children you want to make it for, you can throw the finished product trough the blender to purée it. 

The apple sauce was plenty sweet naturally and so delicious! Hope you try it!

Note: I also tried this with 1/2 pears, 1/2 apples and it was delicious as well!

Organic Unsweetened Cinnamon & Clove Crockpot Applesauce
(makes about 1 1/2 quarts)

12-15 large organic apples (more or less depending on the sizes you have)
1 whole cinnamon stick
1 tsp ground clove
Juice from 1/2 a lemon (about 1 Tbsp)

1. Wash, peel, and core all of your apples. 

2. Cut the apples into bite-sized pieces (about 1-2" chunks), and add to the slow cooker. 

3. Add in the lemon juice, ground clove, and cinnamon stick to the slow cooker and stir around to evenly coat the apples.

4. Turn the slow cooker on low and let simmer for 4-6 hours. Every 1/2 hour to hour, use a potato masher to smash up some of the apples and release more of their juices.  It is done when it had reached the consistency and taste you like. 

5. It's that easy! Enjoy!!

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