It’s getting colder-both inside and outside of my home. Before my little toes hit the barn wood floor in my bedroom, I locate my robe and house shoes, while still underneath my comforter. (Things change in the middle of the night when you own two naughty kitties.)
I love this time of year-hot tea is a must while watching the leaves changing. And of course, heartier meals are on my dinner table, along with desserts filled with spices-like my Skinny, Ginger Puff Cookies.
One of my favorite things to make this time of year is a No Fuss, No Sugar Applesauce. With a few ingredients and a crockpot, I have chunky, spicy, yummy applesauce without any fuss. Have it as a dessert or as a side dish. Get crazy. Do what you want!
Biceps would like to try it warm over ice cream. We’ll see about that-kind’ve defeats the purpose….
10-13 Apples (I had Gala’s on hand in the freezer)
1 tsp liquid Stevia or to taste (you can add more later)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Ground Cloves
1 1/2-2 Cups Water
After a few hours of allowing the apples to cook, I use a hand potato masher and squish the apples every hour or so. Add more water if necessary.
The applesauce is finished when it’s still a bit chunky but has the consistency of, well, applesauce. Serve warm or cold. You can freeze half for later or eat it all in one sitting. (Although, I will warn you that since the peels are on these apples, you can over-apple. If you know what I mean.)
This No Fuss, No Sugar Applesauce is so tasty that you’ll feel like you’re indulging each time you eat it-you can even trick the wee ones into eating their daily dose of fruit.
I hope you enjoy this spicy No Fuss, No Sugar Applesauce as much as we do. And boy howdy, do we ever enjoy it.
- 10-13 Apples (I had Gala's on hand in the freezer)
- 1 tsp liquid Stevia or to taste (you can add more later)
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp Ground Cloves
- 1½-2 Cups Water
- Wash, core and quarter each apple. (Leave the peels on.)
- Add the apples to the crockpot.
- Add the spices.
- Pour the water over the top until crockpot is half full of water.
- Turn the crockpot to "Hi" for 5-6 hrs, or on "Low" for 9-10 hrs.
- Use a hand potato masher after the apples have cooked for several hours to mush them up a bit. Do this every hour or so.
- Serve warm or cold.