Slow Cooked Apple Sauce

It is apple season in New Hampshire, the time of year when we visit apple orchards and sample sweet varieties while leisurely picking the most beautiful apples.

Warm apple sauce for breakfast?  Who would not want that?   Served over oatmeal or granola, or even better yet, just by itself.  It does not get much better than that, or at least not for breakfast.  This is a super easy way to make delicious healthy apple sauce, and the trick is cooking it in the slow cooker.  This brings out the most wonderful apple flavors.  A very dear friend of mine taught me this way of making apple sauce, and I thought I would share it with you.

Ingredients:
4 pounds of apples
1 T lemon juice
1/4 c apple cider or water

Instructions:
Peel and slice apples.  If you prefer light colored apple sauce, avoid any peel.  Toss the apples in the lemon juice and liquid.
Cook in slow cooker on low overnight, 8-10 hours,  or on high for 4-5 hours.

Use a potato masher to make the apple sauce less chunky.  If desiring smoother apple sauce, pulse in the food processor.

Flavor alternative:  vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, cardamom, and sugar.

 

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