Sweet Cinnamon Crock Pot Applesauce + Weekly Menu

When I think of fall and produce, my mind fills with varieties of apples and squash. I made a crock pot applesauce last year that made me swear store-bought would just never fly again. And today, I still feel that way.

The much-loved crock pot is the perfect means by which to slow cook apples to a sticky, sweet perfection, and fill your home with aromatic apple…and cinnamon.

Before the season’s best apples are gone, and while they’re still readily available for under $1 a pound (and tasting great), be sure to try a homemade applesauce recipe. I all but insist. And really, I insist just a little…

What I loved about this particular recipe was the fact that it was good enough to double as dessert. I would even go as far as to suggest this as a healthy dessert option at the quickly approaching Thanksgiving Day meal.

I liked this applesauce best when served warm (with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream would be great!) or cold, straight from the fridge. The long cooking time and brown sugar make for a rich, almost syrupy and sweet applesauce. So…flipping…good.

You can make this applesauce as chunky or smooth as you’d like. I prefer a fairly well-mashed applesauce with just a few small chunks, personally. It has that homemade-texture with the smooth-ish texture of applesauce that is sure to be loved by kids, guests, and everyone in between![print_this]

Sweet Cinnamon Crock Pot Applesauce

12 medium apples, peeled, cored, and quartered (I used Fuji) juice of 1/2 lemon 2 cinnamon sticks 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup apple cider

Directions:

Put apples in the crock pot and top with remaning ingredients. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-9 hours. Note: it would be hard to ruin this recipe in the crock pot, so it can go longer, if needed. Yield: 12 servings (1/2 cup each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 103 calories; 0 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 1 mg. sodium; 27 g. carbohydrate; 5 g. fiber; 0.5 g. protein

Result: Who needs dessert when you can have fresh, sweet applesauce? While this isn’t sugar-free or have no added sugar, it’s steps above other fall delights like apple crisps and crumbles…and I promise, you’re not missing a thing! This applesauce is that good! Enjoy!

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Weekly Menu: November 13th – 17th

I worked 6 days this past week and only have today to recover. I am going to be very productive with a good balance of fun (read: baked doughnuts!) and work (grading & lesson planning)…plus hockey tonight :-D

Happy weekend!

Comments

  1. says

    I love love love homemade applesauce! I didn’t make it this year – we made it the year we went apple picking. It is great when you mix the varieties of apples.

    Sounds like a great recipe!

  2. says

    Everything looks so delicious, especially when we get to use a slow cooker. I plan on making my stuffing in the slow cooker for Thanksgiving Dinner. BTW, I noticed your apple walnut salad. Very similar to one I just made a couple of days ago. Check it out if you get a chance. I hope Ohio is not too cold these days. :)

  3. says

    I love making homemade applesauce. With apples actually being the cheapest fruit in the grocery store right now this might be a great homemade treat for everyone (including baby). I will let you know how it goes.

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