Applesauce all grown up

Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious and Braeburn all have something in common besides being apples. They’re also great for making applesauce.

Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious and Braeburn all have something in common besides being apples. They’re also great for making applesauce.*

Applesauce is more than baby food. It can serve as a great snack or a healthy sweet treat. Plus it’s high in fiber, which can keep your digestive system on track. One cup of unsweetened applesauce has only 100 calories, making it a filling, fat-free, healthy option.

Add some additional flavors and you have an even more grownup version!

Start with:

8 apples, cored (slice if you peel them; if leaving skin on, cut into cubes)

Seasoning options:

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Place in all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on low setting for eight to 10 hours or on high for three to four hours. When the apples are soft, use a wooden spoon or spatula to crush them against the side of the crock pot. For a smoother consistency, use a food processor.

Makes 10 servings. Per serving: 68 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g cholesterol, 18 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein, 16 percent of daily vitamin C needs. (Nutritional content will change depending on optional ingredients added .)

Options:

  • Replace some of the apples with sliced or cubed pears and add them to the pot with the apples.
  • Add sliced strawberries for the last hour of cooking.
  • After apples are cooked and crushed, stir in unsweetened dried cranberries or cherries

*Sweet, soft apples make the best applesauce:

  • Braeburn
  • Cameo
  • Golden Delicious
  • Jonagold
  • Jonathan
  • McIntosh
  • Pink lady
  • Red Delicious

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