Make It Yourself Monday: Crockpot Applesauce Four-Ways

Make It Yourself Monday: Crockpot Applesauce Four-Ways

When our family first moved to Ohio, we discovered a local casual dining restaurant called Skyline. I proudly tout the fact that I have never eaten there, but my husband has sadly dined here on occasion. According to him, they offer a meal called Skyline Chili 4-Ways. This title is somewhat deceiving because the meal isn’t actually offered four ways, but rather has four components. Are you ready for this?

 

Spaghetti noodles with “secret seasonings”

Chili

Beans

A obscene amount of shredded cheddar cheese on top.

 

So thank goodness my recipe here has nothing to do with Skyline, chili, beans or some secret seasoning.

Aside from Ohio blessing the world Skyline, it did offer us our first apple picking experience. If you ever get the chance to pick our own apples, DO IT! We had such a good time and the tree branches hang low enough the little hands can help in the picking.

Picking your own also lets you buy bulk apples for a crazy good deal. We picked fresh apples for roughly $1.00 per pound!

This is all great until you get home and realize you have a mound of apple that will rot away on your counter until you do something with them. The options are really endless. There is apple butter, apple crisp, apple pie, apple juice, etc. My kids love straight up apple sauce so I spent three days and three rounds of crockpot cooking my apples. In the end I ended up with enough apple sauce to last us a couple months, and my house had a sweet aroma all weekend.

In order for my kids not to get bored of the sauce, I experimented with some fun flavor combinations. Add in some extra spices and fruit, and you have a delicious and new little snack for yourself or the kiddos. I ended up making a huge batch of basic applesauce for a base and freezing them into muffin tins for easy portions to thaw and use. You can use these to place in reusables pouches like these, for baking, or for adding into a delicious fall smoothie. Here are the flavors we loved so far.

 

  1. Apple Blueberry Nutmeg (top left)

  1. Apple Cinnamon (top right)

  1. Apple Banana Clove (bottom left)

  1. Apple Strawberry Cardamom (bottom right)

 

Oh and I haven’t even mentioned the best part. No added sugars and…wait for it… NO PEELING!

 

You are welcome.

 

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Easiest Crockpot Applesauce
Crockpot applesauce that is simple to prepare with no added sweeteners. Add in the additions of extra fruit and spices for new and fun flavor profiles.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings
Instructions
  1. There is no real need to worry about measuring with this recipe. Wash and core your apples, and place them in the crockpot.
  2. Add in about half a cup of water or wait and see if the apples provide enough liquid or not on their own. It will vary from batch to batch
  3. After apples have cooked on low for roughly four hours, transfer to a high speed blender
  4. Blend on high for roughly 3-4 minutes. It will feel like a long time but you want any remnants of the peel to get blended up into a smooth creamy texture.
  5. This is your base. You can add a variety of flavors with additional fruit and spices!
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Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you like to do with your apples? Any other flavor combinations you love?



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