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This easy, two-part recipe for applesauce is one of my favorites for Fall. Apples are incredibly abundant in the Fall and can be collected at a Pick-Your-Own, a local farmer’s market, or, if you’re lucky, your own backyard tree. Our orchard is still coming along, so this year we had to get our apples from a local Farmer’s Market.
I love this recipe because it’s easy, healthy, tasty, and makes for a quick dessert that tastes naughty for you, but really isn’t! Apples are high in fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants. They are high in natural sugars, but the fiber in them keep your blood sugar from spiking.
In fact, I used this recipe, minus the sugar and cinnamon, to make a large batch of applesauce/homemade baby food for the little one and froze it into ice cubes.
You can make your applesauce following the same recipe in a saucepan on the stove if you’re short on time. However using the crockpot is much easier and you don’t have to worry about watching it to make sure it doesn’t burn. You’ll also make your house smell amazing! Win-win!
For free canning printables, check out my post here. No sign up required! I’ve created two quick reference sheets that list out the most common canning goods (salsas, tomatoes, fruit, etc) and the canning times for both Pints and Quarts, boiling water canning and pressure canning. Take a look and share with as many people as you’d like!
For more great Fall-time Apple recipes, check out Herbal Academy’s Harvest Time Apple Recipes.
To make this recipe, simply peel, core and roughly chop your apples. Save yourself some time and buy an apple peeler/corer. I love this one because it’s manual. You don’t need electricity to use it. If you’re off-grid or simply don’t want to “plug in”, these are a great tool.
Throw your apples and cinnamon stick into a crockpot (or saucepan) and let cook until soft and mushy. Honestly, you could stop here and pour these delicious apple chunks over vanilla ice cream and call it done!
To turn your chunks into sauce, you can use a potato masher for chunkier sauce (easier for babies to scoop up onto a spoon), or run your chunks through a food processor or blender for smoother sauce.
Stir in the lemon juice (and sugar or honey if you choose) and scoop your new applesauce into clean canning jars leaving about 1/2 inch headspace. Remove the bubbles, secure the lids and process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes.
Voila! You have a delicious, homemade snack or dessert on hand you can feel good about giving to your family.