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Two Peas and Their Pod: Crockpot (Slow Cooker) Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Crockpot (Slow Cooker) Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

When we were in California for the Blogher Food Conference we stopped to visit Josh's mom in Placerville, which is Apple Hill country. We drove through the orchards, vineyards, and forests. It is a beautiful area, but beware if you get car sick. Those windy roads killed me:) It was worth it though because we bought the best apples ever.

We stocked up on: Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Empire, Honey Crisp, and Mutsu apples. I had never had a Mutsu apple before, but it is now one of my favorites. They are big green apples that are crisp and sweet, but also have a little tartness to them. It was so fun sampling new apples and picking them out ourselves.

I love eating apples for a healthy snack, but of course my mind kicked into cooking/baking gear and started dreaming up what I could make with these apples. When I saw Cookin' Canuck's family applesauce recipe, I knew I had to try it.

I love this recipe because it is effortless! You make the applesauce in the crockpot (slow cooker) and there is no canning involved. The hardest part is chopping the apples, which I didn't mind doing. I like chopping, it's a great stress reliever:) I used a mixture of our CA apples-Gala, Honey Crisp, and Granny Smith. I also added in lots of cinnamon. The house smelled amazing while the applesauce was simmering.

I like chunky applesauce so I didn't mush it up too much. If you want super smooth applesauce puree it in a food processor or blender. My favorite way to eat applesauce is on whole wheat toast. I use applesauce instead of jam. Weird? Probably, but that is me:) You can also stir it into your oatmeal, use it in your baking, or just enjoy it plain.

Crockpot (Slow Cooker) Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce
Recipe adapted from Cookin' Canuck

5 medium Gala apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced
2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced 2 medium Honey Crisp apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced Fresh lemon juice
2 T sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup water
Place all of the apple pieces in a large bowl. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the apples and stir. Add in the sugar and cinnamon. Pour water into the bottom of a large crockpot and add the apples. Put the lid on the crockpot and turn on. Cook for about 8 hours on low or on high for 5 hours. Stir occasionally. If you want smooth applesauce, puree in a food processor or blender. I like mine chunky. Keep in the fridge for a week or 2. You can freeze it.
Makes approximately 4 cups of applesauce.

If you like this applesauce recipe, you might also like:
Applesauce Spice Cake from Simply Recipes
Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod

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Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Chunky applesauce spiced with cinnamon is the BEST!

4:46 AM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

I'm making apple cake today. Nothing smells better than cooking apples, so I bet this smells amazing when it's cooking!

5:02 AM  
Blogger Alissa said...

Yum! I gotta try this, looks great! Fall apple treats are the best!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

I love the smell of applesauce cooking up in the crockpot!!!

5:46 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Hehe, yeah chopping is a great stress reliever. The applesauce looks so GOOD!

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Elle said...

Oooh, it's dark and gorgeous! I love chunky applesauce, too. Will have to try this!

6:18 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

The smell of applesauce being made is one of my favorites! Sounds like you got lots of great apples in CA :)

6:24 AM  
Blogger kat said...

We love homemade applesauce too, that's my project for tomorrow. We are so lucky to get such great apples here in MN since the UofM grows & develops so many

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

What a clever way of cooking apples! I love chunky applesauce wtih a lot of cinnamon :)

6:37 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I bet that tastes so good on toast. I never would have thought of that. That smell of apples & cinnamon is heavenly isn't it?

6:46 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That sure looks yummy! On homemade brioche = fantastic!



6:59 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

That is soo funny! One of my fave ways to eat applesauce, especially homemade is on whole wheat toast.
I always thought we wer kinda strange for loving it that way, but I guess not! I remember it being quite the process, helping my mom make applesauce when I was young. This way looks so simple. Gotta try it. Great recipe.
Thanks for sharing Maria!

7:01 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

i've been meaning to look up a crock pot apple sauce recipe! you rock!

7:16 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

WONDERFUL! I may make this, this weekend. I love the smell of cooking apples. There is nothing like a fresh picked apple. Just saw your email- will respond soon :)

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Unplanned Cooking said...

I love chunky applesauce! And I love crockpot recipes -- makes it easy to fit cooking into my day. Looks delicious.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

I've been crushing on muffins made with chunky applesauce, so this is perfect timing on your post. And in the crockpot? How easy is that?!

7:52 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I have some apples that are getting turned into applesauce in the next couple of days. Yours looks wonderful. You know I love Apple Hill! The days are getting away from me but I'm hoping to go the first of November. If life doesn't get in the way!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

Yummy! I can just imagine the smell. Madeline loves applesauce and it would be great to have homemade for her.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Look good but I'm still on the fence about warmy and mushy fruit. My kids on the other hand say "bring it on" and "more for me!" :)

9:58 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Yummy! :-)

10:07 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Homey and delicious! Yes, there are alot of winding, hilly road and highways in California!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

i like my applesauce both slightly chunky and, of course, heavy on the cinnamon. bravo.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous veron said...

Oh yes, chunky is good! No, excellent. I can imagine just using this on everything.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Clumbsy Cookie said...

I always have homemade applesauce, but never made it in a crockpot. I usually make big batches, divide it in bags and freeze it. Don't you love the small in the house, with it's beeing made?

2:00 PM  
Blogger Carrian said...

I was at the store today and realized I haven't made applesauce yet. I'm so glad you posted about a yummy one so I can try it

2:44 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

This looks wonderful and it's certainly easy to do. Thanks, Maria.

5:22 PM  
Blogger CrystalsCozyKitchen said...

I love cinnamon applesauce, this sounds so delish! I can almost smell it...

5:24 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

i LOVE putting applesauce in my oatmeal!!! i've never heard anyone else say that! isn't it the best?!

6:41 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

this has got to make your house smell like heaven!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

oooh, how exciting! your apple sauce looks amazing! btw, those honey crisp apples are soooo darned good!

8:40 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

lots of cinnamon is the key to good applesauce. I love chopping too!

9:45 PM  
Blogger Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Slow cooker apple sauce - brilliant!
I love the low sugar too.

5:15 AM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

Maria, I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe. I like your addition of lemon juice.

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Kelly @ EvilShenanigans said...

That looks wonderful! I like the pic of the toast. Yum!

8:15 AM  
Blogger curleegirlee said...

This recipe sounds (and looks) delicious and so easy! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try it!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love that you left this chunky. I'm thinking about making some applesauce soon wtih apples I picked a couple weekends ago.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Yum. I've never made my own applesauce. It looks so good - I love all the cinnamon.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

wow that looks so good! i'd really like to try it and soon. i've been loving this fall season.

how great/convenient method of the crockpot.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The applesauce sounds delicious. I like the idea of using it on toast.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Rosabela said...

Oh my this apple sauce looks scrumptious!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Chunky homemade apple sauce sounds amazing!

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

& this is where my bowl of apples is heading!

3:16 PM  

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