Easy Crockpot Applesauce

When I was pregnant with my daughter I had three specific cravings, one during each of my trimesters.

During the first was Arby’s. Since there are no Arby’s in the town we live in Eric would drive out of his way after work to get me Arby’s and bring it home. Luckily I don’t like my food hot!

During the last was brownie batter. I would get a mug and fill it halfway with powdered brownie batter, add water and mix it up. If I had nuts I would add those too. Mmm mmm!

But, during my second trimester was my strongest craving- oh the applesauce! I went through jars of it. Healthy enough, right? Well not mine… the store bought stuff was never the right flavor for me and definitely not sweet enough. I would add so much sugar that when I ate it I could feel the grit of the sugar. I also liked to add cinnamon and sometimes nutmeg.

Cut me some slack on the sugar. 🙂 I didn’t so much as take a Tylenol or Tums when pregnant, even with a head or belly ache.

I didn’t have this recipe at the time, which is unfortunate. It is delicious, easy, and can easily be customized to your taste. Best of all you know exactly what is going into it.

Jamie’s Easy Crockpot Applesauce

Ingredients:

About 10 Medium Apples (I used Honeycrisps)
Sugar (To taste. I used  1/3 Cup)
Brown Sugar (To taste. I used 1/3 Cup)
Cinnamon (To taste. I used 1 Teaspoon)
1/2 Lemon’s Juice (I didn’t have a fresh lemon, so I just sprinkled some on that I had in the fridge)
1/2 Cup Water
 

I used my peeler/slicer/corer which did it all in one step, but if you don’t have one- peel and core your apples and cut them into chunks or slices.

I had a “helper”…

Seeing her eating that apple reminds me of a funny story that I’ll add to the end…

 

 Add sugars, cinnamon, lemon, and water. You could add a dash of nutmeg if you’d like. Mmmmm!

Turn your crockpot on low and leave it for 8-10 hours.

Did I mention that this makes your house smell divine?

 

My “helper” and I made this on a cold rainy day. Between the smell of it in the crockpot and a toasty fire we were in cozy heaven. While I was cleaning up my “helper” disappeared to more pressing matters… getting comfortable apparently:

 

After the 10 hours I took a masher inside the crockpot and viola!

Now, if you like smooth applesauce I recommend putting it in a blender or magic bullet, but if you like chunky then it is ready. Yum yum

Oh, if only I had this applesauce when I was pregnant!

 

Charlotte has enjoyed apples for a while now. Probably since she could say “apple” because she enjoys things that she can ask for, or point to and knows the name of.

When she was just starting out eating apples I would peel, core, and slice them for her. Well we all know what happens to apple slices when you cut them- they get all brown (although you can put a dash of lemon juice to combat this).

One day as I was packing Charlotte’s lunch for the next day at the babysitter’s house I figured Charlotte would enjoy an apple with it, so I packed her one. The next day when her bag came home and I unpacked it I was surprised to see the apple still in there.

Man, I wish I had a picture of that poor apple.

When I pulled it out of the bag it looked as though it had been ravaged by a bunch of little mice. It had bite marks all over it, but no real pieces missing.

The babysitter must have thought I was a nincompoop to send a baby with a whole apple. She probably wondered why I would send Charlotte with something the obviously couldn’t even eat. Really I just didn’t want slices to get brown, and I thought the babysitter would cut it up the same way that I did. :c)

Now, when I send Charlotte’s lunch with apples they are already peeled, cored, sliced, and in a ziplock baggie!