One of the ways I love to save a little on our grocery budget is to look through my list of items and see what I’m buying that I could possibly be making at home. My rule of thumb is if it’s just as easy to make as is it to buy, then why not save a little (and know exactly what’s going in it) and just make it myself. And one of my favorite things to make at home because of how simple it is, is my no sugar added crockpot applesauce.
Applesauce is one of our daughter’s favorite snacks, so I was really excited to try my hand at making it at home. Not only is it super simple, but I love knowing there isn’t any hidden sugars or preservatives hiding in her snack. I know it’s just apples, water, and spices. And she gobbles it all up like it’s dessert!
It doesn’t hurt that my kitchen smells like heaven each time I make it either.
All you need are about 12 small apples. I prefer to use sweeter apples like golden delicious. Usually costs me about $3-4 for one bag of small apples.
Then after washing them, I go through and quickly peel and core them. As I core them I throw the pieces of apple into my crockpot.
Once all of the apples are peeled and sliced, I add one cup of water. Then generously sprinkle cinnamon over them. After which I squeeze half of a lemon just to add a little something extra.
Now it’s time to cover those beautiful apples up and set the crockpot to cook on low for 6-8 hours. I only stir it once about halfway through just to make sure everything is cooking okay, and then enjoy the rest of the cooking time while my house smells like fall!
Once the cooking time is up, I just grab a fork and mash and mix the applesauce all together, and it’s all done!
Once you allow it to cool, you can store it in an airtight container for up to two weeks (if it lasts that long!).
How simple is that?! I’m telling you, this applesauce is a serious winner.
No Sugar Added Crockpot Applesauce
What you’ll need:
- 12 small sweet apples
- 1 cup of water
- ½ of a lemon
- Peel and core apples.
- Place apple slices in crockpot
- Pour in 1 cup of water
- Sprinkle generous amount of cinnamon over apples
- Squeeze half of lemon over apples
- Cover and let cook on low for 6-8 hours
- Stir halfway through cooking time
- Mash applesauce mixture to desired texture
Once cool, store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
I seriously love when making something homemade turns out to actually be really simple! Not only do I sound really impressive to anyone who asks about it (you made that yourself?!) but it tastes amazing, makes for a super healthy snack and takes almost no effort at all to make. We’re winning all around here friends!
Have you ever tried making homemade applesauce before?