Homemade Applesauce is fun to prepare, super easy to make and even easier to eat. Use an assortment of green and red apples and you’ll have a flavorful snack you can enjoy; better than store-bought! Plus it's the perfect fall treat. Let your slow cooker do the work so kids and adults can enjoy a healthy snack!
My huge stash of apples is gone and I'm sad. I miss them. I miss using my awesome new apple peeler. Have I mentioned how I came about a large stash of apples? This is going to sound made up, but I promise it's true. My friend Monica can vouch for me because she is the one who gave me access to 500 apple trees that have barely been touched. It was like we were in a dream world!
There were so many perfect apples waiting to be plucked from branches and turned into pie. Or jam. Or applesauce. I so badly want to go back to the Secret Orchard. There are endless options for things to do with apples! And I adore my awesome new apple peeler. She's even a pretty red color. I named her Fiona. And she makes peeling the apples quick and easy!
By the way, I've kind of lost track but I believe there are at least three more apple-related recipes to come after this one. And they are ALL delicious!
This applesauce was EASY and very yummy. My boys ate the entire batch within a couple days and my house smelled AMAZING while they were cooking.
HOW TO MAKE CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE
Make this simple better-than-store bought crock pot applesauce recipe for a snack today!
Peel, core and slice 10-12 medium apples. Throw them into a crockpot along with brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and water. Cook time is 5 hours on high, stirring occasionally.
Cover and refrigerate. The sauce should be placed in an airtight container. It will be good in the fridge for 2 weeks.
I keep my applesauce spiced very simply but if you love more complex flavors, you could add a little of each of the following (no more than 1/2 teaspoon each): nutmeg, pumpkin spice, allspice and cloves.
I used a potato masher to make the mixture a little less chunky after it’s done cooking down. An immersion blender or blender to puree the sauce would make the consistency even smoother.
If you like this, then you'll also love Apple Butter - a wonderful tasty spread.
HOW TO STORE AND FREEZE HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE
Once you have a cooled finished product and have taste-tested it for the perfect spice combination, ladle the sauce into an airtight container or mason jars. They hold a lot, you can see the beautiful color of sauce and it keeps it all ready to pour out in a moments hungry notice.
If you prefer to freeze it, it's easy peasy! Add it to an air-tight container like doubled freezer bags or plastic storage containers. Freeze for up to 6 months!
BEST APPLE VARIETIES TO USE FOR APPLESAUCE
There are so many brands of apples and everyone has a different favorite! But when making applesauce you want a variety of flavors but also consider that you want them to be softer so they cook down well into the sauce you desire. Here’s some suggestions to mix together:
Sweet/Softer Apple Brands
Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands
GREAT GIFT IDEA!
Who do you know that loves applesauce? Share some apple sauce with loved ones, a neighbor or a teacher - it makes a great fall gift!
HOW MANY CALORIES IN AN APPLE
One medium apple contains approximately 95 calories.
HOW MANY CARBS IN AN APPLE
One medium apple contains approximately 25 grams of carbohydrates.
ARE APPLES GOOD FOR YOU
Good news! The recommendation is that you enjoy an apple in the morning hours of your day. Apples are high in dietary fiber and pectin found in the peels of apples. This will help you avoid poor digestion at night.Fruit can help your stomach to empty more slowly, helping you to stay feeling full longer and not prone to snack/eat between meals.
OTHER GREAT APPLE RECIPES
HEALTHY FOODS FOR PICKY KIDS
Knowing you can help your kids get the nutrients they need in more than one form is what we want to help you accomplish! We've put together a list of delicious foods that our kids don't see as healthy but allow them to enjoy eating their fruits and/or vegetables in a snack or breakfast item. You'll be happy they're eating better choices and they are happy to be blissfully unaware.
Healthy Breakfast Cookies - These cookies aren't just for breakfast and they are deceptively delicious. Kids will never know how healthy they are!
Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups - Eliminate artificial and unknown ingredients by making your own homemade fruit roll-ups! This is the ultimate snack food for kids. Great for lunch boxes, too!
Healthy Breakfast Muffins - Enjoy breakfast the healthy way! Whip up a batch of these muffins as a perfect on-the-go meal or a snack to stay on track with healthy eating. These breakfast muffins are beyond delicious plus they're packed with good stuff.
No Bake Granola Bars - These Healthy No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect snack for little ones. Filled with dried fruit and chocolate, peanut butter and honey, you will satisfy your sweet tooth with a snack you can feel good about eating. There is something comforting about knowing EXACTLY what goes into your kids' bodies!
Healthy Fruit Dip - This Fruit and Veggie Dip is creamy, healthy and ADDICTING. Kids LOVE this stuff! Great healthy after-school snack option.
Healthy Snack Bites - These healthy snack bites take less than TEN minutes to make and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry. My boys adore them! Great after-school or anytime snack with no preservatives or added sugar!
Easy Zucchini Brownies - These are the BEST Zucchini Brownies you'll ever make! Super moist, flavorful and chocolatey and topped with a creamy-dreamy frosting. This is the best way to use up zucchini from the garden!
Instant Pot Applesauce - Make your next batch of applesauce in your Instant Pot for an added touch of delicious flavor! This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. It is a great way to use up apples, it is the perfect snack for kids and it never lasts long in my house.