One thing that I love to do in the Fall is go to a Farmers Market to get fresh picked apples. Over the weekend my family did just that. We got a bunch of Honey Crips apples (my favorite) and we also got a 1/2 bushel of Ginger Gold apples so that I could make some homemade applesauce.
So I searched for some different recipes because I wanted to try something new this year. I found this fabulous recipe from He and She Eat Clean. It was simple to make, but I recruited my little helper anyways!
- 8 medium sized apples of your choice, peeled (Granny Smith apples are recommended but my Ginger Gold apples tasted delicious too!)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp maple sugar flakes
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Peel apples and cut into quarters. Be sure to core apples well and get the seeds out. I used our apple peeler and chopped the apples into small pieces to be sure to avoid "chunky" applesauce, which I know my daughters do not like.
- Place apples into the bottom of the crockpot.
- Add lemon juice, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple sugar flakes, and pure vanilla extract to crockpot.
- Stir briefly - just enough to mix ingredients.
- Cook on low for 2 hours and then raise the temperature to high for 1.5 hours.
- Stir and mash any apple chucks.
- Serve and enjoy!
Caution: This will make your house smell WONDERFUL!