Are you a fan of applesauce? I sure am, and now that my baby girl is loving to eat all sorts of different foods, applesauce is one of our go-to's for her. Applesauce is a healthy snack, but have you ever stopped to take a look at what kind of junk is in the jarred stuff? It's chock-full of preservatives, tons of sugar, and other stuff you probably don't even realize you're feeding to your littles. How about those organic baby food pouches? Baby S loves them- but my wallet doesn't. They are super convenient, but you can save money by making your own quick and easy applesauce at home. Buy the reusable squeeze pouches if your kids like those, and just fill then up with your own homemade applesauce.
To make the applesauce, you'll need a few basic things...
A crock pot
Several apples (8-10), peeled and chopped or sliced
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 cup water
3/4 Cup Sugar * optional
1 tsp Cinnamon* optional
First step- peel and slice the apples. Toss them into the crock pot.
Add the lemon juice to the apples, and stir. Next, add the cinnamon and sugar.
The cinnamon and sugar are optional. If you want fresh, natural applesauce, omit the cinnamon and sugar. You could also use brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice, as an alternative.
Coat the apples in the cinnamon and sugar.
Add the water, put the lid on the slow cooker, and let cook for 6-8 hours on low.
Let the aroma of the cooking apples fill your home and enjoy!
You're going to want to make applesauce in the slower cooker all the time after you try this and realize how easy and delicious it is! Your house will smell delicious, too! After the applesauce cools, serve it up with a meal, jar it, use it in the food pouches, divide into reusable cups with lids for lunch boxes, etc. You're going to save so much money by doing this, and you'll feel good about what you're feeding your family.
This is hands down the best applesauce I have ever had, and I made it myself! I hope you'll give this homemade applesauce a try. Let me know your thoughts on the recipe in the comment section!