Easy Peasy Cinnamon Applesauce
I had a few pounds of apples I’d forgotten about and they were kind of mealy…but since I HATE wasting food, and one of my teacher colleagues was always talking about easy it was to make applesauce,I decided to check it out. Challenge accepted!
I put out the word to friends in the area, in case any had an apple tree and received a couple more pounds of large “not-so-pretty” apples (no idea what variety but man, they were delicious!). After reviewing several recipes, I realized the same thing: Applesauce really is just apples+water+cinnamon+the sweetener of your choice.
I made this recipe several times before finding the magic combination. As it turn out, there was a reason I didn’t like applesauce before. It simply didn’t have enough cinnamon for my taste! In fact, I add so much cinnamon, I had to put it in the name so people knew what to expect. I also serve it with kefir or raw cream—it adds a probiotic element AND it helps cool it down so I can eat it sooner! Enjoy! <3
Easy Peasy Cinnamon Applesauce-(inspired by Oh Lardy’s “Homemade Applesauce”)
- 4 1/2 lbs. of organic peeled/cored apples (about 6 lbs. pre-peeling)–mealy apples are awesome! Just cut away any soft/yucky parts!
- 1 1/4 T. organic cinnamon
- 1/2-1 c. raw honey (you can use less if you have sweeter apples. 1 c. works with half granny smith/half sweeter apples)
- 1/2 c. filtered water
- a few squeezes of lemon
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- Peel, core, cut apples into large pieces (I cut a medium apple in half, and then each half into thirds)
- Place apples and all remaining ingredients into crock-pot.
- Cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
- Remove lid and mash with a spoon (I like it slightly chunky, but if you want it smoother, allow mixture to cool and blend (hand mixer, immersion blender, or blender)
Makes approximately 70 oz
ALLOW TO COOL before tasting! Move a portion to a bowl for faster cooling (The heat is NO joke! I got the *worst* burn I’ve ever had on the roof of my mouth by not waiting long enough!).
To accelerate the cooling process, add cream or kefir. YUM! Enjoy!