Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce

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chunky apple sauceThe winter weather has encouraged our sweet tooth but our New Year’s Resolutions are discouraging dessert.  Not to mention, we need something warm and filling to help take the chill off this brutal weather.  This week, my family has been enjoying warm, homemade applesauce.  With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s a sweet treat that is reasonably healthy (1/3rd cup of homemade applesauce is approximately 60 calories and depending on the type of ice cream/yogurt you use, this dessert could easily be under 150 calories).  I’ve also used the applesauce to make granola bars, muffins, and breads.  It’s easy to make and awesome to eat.  Bonus:  my husband went to the store and got more apples for me to make a second batch this weekend!

Ingredients:

8-12 Apples (all kinds), quartered and peeled

2 cinnamon sticks

⅛  cup of sugar or sugar substitute

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Sprinkle nutmeg

Combine all the ingredients into the crock pot on low.  Let simmer for 4-5 hours or until pureed.  Stir once an hour.

One of the things that I like most about this recipe is that you can add other fruits into the sauce.  I’ve added pears and berries that are about to go bad so they will not go to waste.  I’ve even made the sauce as the innards to an apple pie.  I’ve filled crescent rolls with the applesauce to make a healthier version of apple turnovers (just dust the tops with melted butter and a pinch of brown sugar), topped pancakes and waffles with it; I’ve even enjoyed the sauce cold, by itself.

Applesauce is a favorite all year long – for the kids and Daddies, too.

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lk herndon is a mother, writer, teacher whose debut children’s book, “Petunia”, has just been released on Amazon.

Shaped by her experiences growing up Southern, lk herndon tells sweet and simple stories. She earned her BA in Political Science, her MFA in Creative Non-Fiction and has spent more than a decade teaching high school subjects such as: AP Language and American Literature, Honors World Literature, World History, and American History.

While her days are spent in the classroom, the balance of time is spent as Mama to her Monogram Mafia (alongside her very favorite partner-in-chaos, former high school sweetheart and now husband of nearly seven years, BJ). Sneaking in time to write between the snuggles and squeals, lk herndon graces the world with a sneak peek into real life adventures sprinkled with overgrown imaginations and uncommon sense.

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