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Simple Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Have you ever read the ingredients on some of the most popular brands of applesauce. It should be simple right? Apples, maybe some cinnamon or sweetener. 

Hold up!

Check out a few Mott’s products below. (I copied and pasted this directly from Mott’s website).

 

Mott’s Cinnamon Applesauce 

motts-cinnamon-applesauce

INGREDIENTS

APPLES, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, CINNAMON, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), NATURAL FLAVOR

Mott’s Original Applesauce

motts-original-applesauce

INGREDIENTS

APPLES, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)

Many store-bought versions have artificial ingredients like the Mott’s brand above.

But, even if you buy an organic brand, you’re gonna pay a high-premium for such an easy recipe you can make out of just a few seasonal ingredients right at home. Saving you tons of money and the homemade version tastes way better than anything out there. So, grab those in-season apples right now and get cooking!

RMK Apples

By the way, this works just as good with pears, too, or a combo of the two.

Let’s skip the High Fructose Corn Syrup and “Natural Flavors” and make an incredibly simple, homemade applesauce that’s whipped up in the slow cooker instead.

RMK SC Applesauce

SLOW COOKER CINNAMON APPLESAUCE

Serves 4+

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 4-6 hours on low heat

Ingredients

  • 3 pound apples, I used gala, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise, optional
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey, more as needed
  • cinnamon, to serve

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for about 5-6 hours or on high heat for 2-3. Apples are done when they’re tender but not overcooked.
  2. Remove cinnamon stick and star anise, if using. Discard.
  3. With an immersion blender, blend applesauce directly in pot. OR, place ingredients in a blender and blend carefully on low until it’s to your desired thickness.
  4. Taste and add additional syrup as needed. You can add in a bit more water to thin it out if needed. Pour into bowls, sprinkle with additional cinnamon and enjoy!

This goes perfect with my One Pan Pork Chops!

RMK Pork Chops

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