My boys love apple sauce – especially with potato latkes. There are plenty of store bought options that are Paleo, but for Chanukah this year, I decided to make it from scratch. I found a simple Crockpot Apple Sauce on Danielle Walker’s website Against All Grain. In addition to apples, the recipe calls for 5 simple ingredients – although the honey was optional.
I went with our house favorite – HONEY CRISP apples!
The Honey Crisp apples that I bought were very large, so I went with 10 apples, instead of the 20 that the recipe called for.
The hardest part of this recipe is peeling the apples….
If you don’t have a handy dandy apple corer – it’s worth the $5 investment. When you use it – I’d recommend wearing an apron, because the juices tend to spray as you slice the apple.
Simply dump all the cut apples into the crockpot, cover with water and a sprinkle of salt….
…and 6 hours later you have cooked apples! This is what they looked like when I removed the crockpot lid. I was a bit surprised that they were still intact. But the moment the wooden spoon touched them, they turned to apple sauce! Add the cinnamon, vanilla and lemon juice (honey is optional) – and voila – you’ve got homemade apple sauce!
If you use a wooden spoon or potato masher – the apple sauce will remain a little chunky. I LOVED it that way – but my kids prefer it smooth. So next time I’ll toss it all into my blender or food processor and give it a few quick pulses to make it smoother.
But you could send it to school in a lunch box or have it as a snack as well.
- 10 medium to large Honey Crisp apples
- 1 cup water
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup honey (optional - I did NOT use any honey)
- 1 Tbl lemon juice
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Peel, core and slice the apples.
- Place the apples in the crock pot and pour the water over them.
- Sprinkle the salt over the apples, cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
- After 6 hours has past, stir in the honey (optional), lemon juice, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Most of the apples will have broken down, but there may still be some chunks. If you prefer your apple sauce to be smooth, run an immersion blender through the sauce, or pour it into a blender and pulse until smooth.
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