Applesauce is one of those snacks that immediately takes me back to childhood. To be real, I didn’t even eat a ton of applesauce when I was younger (I’ve probably eaten it more as an adult), but there is something about it – perhaps the lack of chewing that it requires – that let’s me indulge in infantile fantasies every time I eat it.
Trader Joe’s a great organic applesauce that it unsweetened that has been my go-to over the past few years but yesterday I decided I’d venture to make my own for the first time.
I was a bit appalled at how simple is was.
The most energy that you have to put in is peeling, coring, and cutting the apples and for what you get, it’s well worth the 10-15 minutes of work.
A lot of recipes that I’ve seen online call for adding sugar or honey but I personally don’t think it’s necessary. I was a bit overwhelmed at how sweet the apples alone were.
- 3 lbs of apples of your choice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3/4 C of water
- lemon zest of one small lemon
- pinch of salt
- Any addition flavorings that you'd like
- Peel and core the apples and cut them into chunks.
- Add the apples along with the water, salt, lemon zest, and cinnamon sticks to the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 5+ hours.
- Add lemon juice and let cook for another hour or so.
- Once done, stir so that the texture evens out.
- That's it. Can you believe it?