I’m not even sure this can be called a recipe because it only has 2 ingredients, but I wanted to share it because it’s so easy and delicious! I went apple picking yesterday with my parents and my boyfriend and we came back with a ton of ripe, delicious New York state apples! I used a mixture of Gala, Mackintosh and Jonamac apples in this applesauce, but feel free to mix it up and try other varieties. I let this cook overnight and it really couldn’t be simpler. I love unsweetened applesauce (apples are naturally sweet!) but you can certainly add a little sugar or brown sugar if you desire (will change nutrition information).
Unsweetened applesauce is not only delicious on its own, but it’s a great ingredient to keep on hand for baking. If you plan to use it this way, I would omit the cinnamon and make it with just the apples. For ideas on recipes using unsweetened applesauce, check out Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Carrot Cake Cupcakes, Blueberry Peach Baked Oatmeal, Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts, Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins, Hummingbird Cupcakes, Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins and Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins.
Slow Cooker Applesauce
Source: Emily Bites Original
8 medium-large apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1/4 cup water
Cinnamon, to taste
1. Place the peeled apple wedges into your slow cooker and add water. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Mash apples lightly with the back of a spook or a fork (apples will fall apart easily). Add cinnamon (I would start with ½ teaspoon and see if you want more), stir in and continue to cook on low for another 15 minutes. For chunkier applesauce, serve as is. For smooth applesauce, use an immersion blender or place applesauce in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Can serve warm or cold. Makes about 3 cups.
Yields 6 (1/2 cup) servings. WW P+: 3* per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving from myfitnesspal.com: 83 calories, 22 g carbs, 0 g fat, 1 g protein, 2 g fiber
*Weight Watchers counts unsweetened applesauce as 0 points+ in the WW tracker, so I am personally counting this as 0 WW points. For consistency I listed the points+ above using the Weight Watchers recipe builder, but in this instance I am going to go by their applesauce listing – do whatever you feel comfortable with!