Crock-pot Applesauce

I woke up this morning thinking I had to do an easy run like I usually do on Wednesdays, but I was so totally not feeling that today. On Monday I was supposed to run an easy 5k but that kinda turned into a fartlek type thing because the weather was nice and I felt great! Since that happened I probably should have made yesterday’s run an easy one but I was determined to do my intervals. Haha right. I only made it half way through the workout and then I called it quits because, surprise surprise, my legs were tired. But I did do an hour of yoga for strength, so at least there’s that. πŸ™‚

Anyway, getting back to my original point, when I checked my running scheduled this morning I foundΒ that today was actually a rest day! I don’t think I’ve never been more excited to not have to do a workout! The rest of this week is kinda hardcore though, with a long interval session and a 10-11 mile long run sandwiching an easy run over the next three days, but I’ll cross those bridges when I get to them.

But enough about running, lets talk about food!!

I’m not entirely sure how I didn’t know that making applesauce in a crock-pot was a thing, but I was totally unaware up until this point. Since we still have a whole mess of apples from our apple picking adventure last weekend I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with them (besides just eating them as is), and this seemed like a fun idea! And it was super easy, which is always a plus!

After looking up several recipes, I felt I was ready to tackle this one on my own. I mean, every recipe I looked at called for like, 3-5 ingredients, so I figured I couldn’t mess this up too bad. So I ended up kinda doing my own thing and I’m super happy with how it turned out!



Ingredients

  • 1012 medium sized apples
  • 2 tbs raw honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • The juice from 1 lemon
  • cinnamon to taste

InstructionsΒ 

Peel and core the apples, then like pretty much every other slow cooker recipe, throw everything into the crock-pot and wait. It took mine about 8 hours on the low setting. I also mashed it a few times to get it to the consistency I wanted.

Every recipe I looked at called for 1/2 cup sugar and I ain’t about that life…Ok that’s a lie, I totally am. But I’m trying to swap less nutritious foods for foods that are full of good stuff, and swapping sugar for honey seems like an obvious choice to me. Plus I think raw honey tastes better than sugar and adds a little extra flavor to things anyway. πŸ™‚

As for the apples, I used a mixture of Jonathan, gala, and a few granny smiths, because that’s what I grabbed first out of our huge bag of apples. I also ended up using 15 apples because some of mine were kinda small. Let me tell ya, having one of those peeler/corer things really came in handy today! I don’t think I would have walked away from this project unscathed if I had to do that all with a knife.

Along with being unaware that you could make applesauce in the crock-pot, I didn’t know how freaking delicious it was warm! I’ve always eaten it cold or room temperature, but holy cow I think I’m eating it warm from now on. It’s soooo good!😊

I’m so super excited about how this turned out! It made the most perfect runner friendly, fall dessert tonight and I’m sure it’s going to be an awesome snack. I’m totally going to be making this all fall long.

Speaking of my favorite season, it’s definitely starting to feel like fall here in Kansas! It’s still a bit warm for my tastes, but the mornings and evenings are getting a bit chilly, the leafs are starting to change and drop, and a bunch of people in my neighborhood have pumpkins on their porches. It’s great and I’m one happy camper!

Happy fall everyone!

~Ashley

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