Slow Cooker Refined Sugar Free Apple Sauce

When life gives you APPLES, make apple sauce! 🍎🍏🍎

Over the weekend, I had helped a friend’s family celebrate her mom’s retirement.

Part of the centerpieces was an apple, representative along with the other pieces, of her lifelong dedication to the field of education.

But as we packed up at the end of the festivities, no one wanted the apples.

Not one for letting food go to waste, I knew I could probably use some the next day to make Apple Crisp at another function.

But there were a LOT of apples!!!

So I needed to figure out what else I could make. Apple sauce was an easy choice, but in this heat, I had to find a way to do it without overheating myself or my home.

Slow cooker to the rescue!!

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What You’ll Need:

6 large apples, any variety [I used Red Delicious & Granny Smith]

1 TB Lemon Juice

1/2 c. Water [if starting from frozen apples, skip the water unless you see you need it]

1/2 – 3/4 tsp. Pink Himalayan Salt

Cinnamon, to taste

Cardamom, to taste

2 TB. Hemp Hearts** [I πŸ’– Manitoba Harvest]

**Add after cooking

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I have a small slow cooker, so it started out PACKED, but it still cooked & I may have snuck a few bites as the apples were cooking. πŸ˜…

First up, prep your apples.

Peel, core and dice. The smaller you chop your apples, the faster they will cook. If you prefer a chunkier apple sauce, leave them in bigger pieces.

Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker. I sprinkled layers of cinnamon, cardamom & pink Himalayan salt throughout to make a more even flavor as it cooked. I waited until the end to pour lemon juice over everything. And, because I started with thawed apples, I skipped the water.

Cook on high for 4 hours, stirring every hour or two. Especially important if you’re working with a smaller slow cooker like I am, making sure the apples at the top get closer to the heat. Easier as they cook down as well. πŸ˜‰

If you like your apple sauce chunkier, you can use a masher, similar to making mashed potatoes. However, if you like a smoother apple sauce, you can use a Magic Bullet – like I did – or even an immersion blender to puree your apples. This is the step where I added the hemp hearts.

Cool and store. Now, because I’m obsessed with saving glass jars, I actually put mine in an old Trader Joe’s apple sauce jar. πŸ™ƒπŸ˜œ

Store in fridge for no more than a week; the freezer for no more than 3 months.

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