Homemade Applesauce from the Crock Pot

I got the confirmation from the doctor yesterday! I am 6 weeks and 3 days pregnant! I can't believe I am that far along. I was thinking maybe only 4 weeks. Hubby and I are so excited to welcome our baby to the world next summer!

With apples being on sale in the grocery stores, this is the perfect time to break out those recipes using apples! Nothing beats apples cooking in the slow cooker during the Fall season. It makes the house smell AMAZING while it is cooking! Homemade applesauce is really so much better than the store bought kind. The best part about making it yourself is that you can vary the taste by using cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. I used 1 tsp pumpkin spice and left chunks of apples in the sauce because I like my sauce chunky. I have also tried 1/2 tsp of cinnamon as a variation. Also, you can make a smoother applesauce by using an immersion blender or just any type of blender to blend out the chunks. Try it and you will love it so much more than the store kind! Enjoy!

Homemade Applesauce from the Crock Pot
Slightly adapted from Skinny Taste

8 medium apples (use an assortment)
1 strip of lemon peel - use a vegetable peeler
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp light brown sugar, unpacked
1/2 tsp to1 tsp Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (Optional)

Peel, core, and chop the apples. Place them in the slow cooker. Add the lemon peel, brown sugar and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, if desired.

Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce. Remove lemon peel and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth or if you prefer a chunky sauce, leave sauce intact.

12 (1/4 cup) servings

Calories: 55 Fat: 0 g Carbs: 12.7 g Fiber: 1.0 g protein: 0 g WW Points Plus: 1

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