It's officially fall and the stores and orchards are overflowing with apples. Apple picking at an orchard is one of my favorite fall activities, but I don't each much raw fruit in the colder months (read here why you shouldn't either) and I definitely don't have time to make a home-made gluten free apple pie (although if you have time you should consider making this gf pie crust recipe - and then sharing the fruits of your labor with me!!). So, what are you to do when you've got more apples than you know what to do with?
MAKE THE EASIEST APPLESAUCE EVER.
I came up with this recipe out of necessity. The abundance of beautiful apples on my counter last week were starting to look less than appetizing. Some were getting a bit mealy, while others were starting to brown a bit on the inside. The beauty of this recipe is twofold: you don't need the best apples of the bunch for it to turn out great and it doesn't need any attention from you as it cooks. I prepped mine in the morning, went to work, and came home to a fantastic smelling house with 32oz of the best applesauce I'd ever tasted. Really, it was. Also, I love that this recipe uses very little sweetener - I used only 2 tablespoons for the whole batch and thought it was a little on the sweet side for my taste. This applesauce is a much healthier, cheaper, and just as easy alternative to store-bought applesauce. Enjoy!
EASIEST SLOW COOKER APPLESAUCE RECIPE, EVER.
6 large or 7 medium apples (this is the perfect opportunity to use any fruit that is getting soft or bruised)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp honey depending on how much sweetness you want
1/2 cup water
Peel, core, and chop up apples. Mix all the ingredients in your slow cooker, turn onto low for 6 hrs or high for 4 hrs. Turn off heat when apples are cooked through and mash with a potato masher. You could also use a food mill if you prefer a smoother texture, but I like my applesauce chunky so a potato masher worked great for me. This recipe makes about a quart of applesauce and will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about a week.
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