My family LOVES applesauce. It’s one of those side dishes I know will be eaten and it’s healthy, so I have it available often. Plus, applesauce goes with almost any meal. In the winter months I think it’s nice to have something warm. Warm applesauce sounds way more appealing to me than cold during these chilly months. And here’s the best part, it’s SOOO easy. Yes, of course you can buy your applesauce, but it won’t taste this good, and you know exactly what’s in it!
You really don’t need to sweeten it at all, since apples are already pretty sweet. I add a little bit of honey, mostly because I like the flavor. I remember several years ago talking to a friend who loves homemade applesauce and she showed me the recipe. It had about 1/2 cup of sugar, and I wondered why you even needed any sugar at all. There are so many things that have extra sugar, when it’s already sweet.
I didn’t even peel the apples. For one thing, I despise peeling things. I don’t know why, it just takes me so long and I feel like I am going to cut myself. Also, I want this to be SUPER fast, and that would just slow me down. If you are not a fan of the skins you can peel the apples or put it in the blender after it’s done. I hardly even notice them honestly, and I like it a little chunky.
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- 3 lbs apples, any kind
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- Cut apples into 8 equal slices (I use my apple cutter) and then cut them into thirds.
- Put in crockpot.
- Mix in lemon juice, water and honey.
- Cook on high for 3 hours.
- Use a potato masher or fork to make smooth.
- Top with cinnamon.