There really is no comparison between homemade and store bought applesauce. You can taste the vibrancy of fresh apples and layers of flavor in homemade.
And when you have a slow cooker, making applesauce is incredibly simple. All you do is chop the apples and throw the ingredients into the slow cooker for a couple of hours. Then a few strokes of a hand blender and your delicious homemade treat is ready.
The kids love to have this as dessert, and with only wholesome ingredients I’m happy to give it to them.
3 pounds organic apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (I only peel half the apples, to add more fiber and texture)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw honey
juice from 1 Orange
½ cup filtered water
Combine all of the ingredients in your slow cooker.
Cook on high for 2 hours, or low for 6 hours.
Use an immersion blender to puree the cooked apples.
*If you don’t have a slow cooker, or want to make it faster, place all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Use an immersion blender to puree.