Happy New Year folks!! I know I didn’t post on the first day of 2016, and I was torn over whether to post or not to post. I decided not to in exchange for spending time with my husband and my kids and some of our friends.
But that doesn’t take away from my love for all of my followers I hope your 2016 is off to a great start and I pray your year is filled with peace and prosperity in every aspect of your life.
In light of my amazing family (and the freezing cold) I thought I’d share a post of one of our new, cozy favorites. My kids are convinced that I can make ANYTHING from scratch, affectionately called “the scratch” by my eight year old daughter. So even though we frequently have a stash of store-bought apple sauce in the fridge, one day my kids suggested I make apple sauce from the scratch.
There’s no way I’ll ever turn down a kitchen challenge and there’s also no way I’ll turn down an opportunity for them to have a healthy snack. I played around with a few different combinations, all I the crockpot. This one was my favorite.
What you need:
- 4 lbs or 12 medium red delicious apples
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup water
What you do:
- Peel and core your apples
- Chop them into small pieces (see picture)
- Add all ingredients to a crockpot
- Cook on high for 10 hours*
- Stir and smoosh the apples with a metal spoon every few hours
- Cozy up and enjoy it warm right out of the crockpot or store it in an airtight container to chill and enjoy later
*Now, I know the 10 hour timeline might be a bit daunting, but there is just something about the taste when the apples are cooked nice and slow. You can chop the apples a bit smaller and double the water to cut the cooking time in half, but I prefer to let the apples cook long enought to make its own juices. We also like chunky apple sauce so we get a few apple pieces. If you prefer smooth apple sauce, feel free to throw it into a blender for a few pulses once it’s done.
I’d love to see some of your favorite slow cooker apple sauce recipes. Does anyone skip the sugar?