While good health goes far beyond eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away, it´s undeniable that fruits and vegetables provide crucial nutrition. You will love this Super Easy Paleo Homemade Applesauce and, if you´re like me, you will enjoy reminiscing the smell of apple and cinnamon in your grandma´s kitchen.
Besides, applesauce is a highly versatile dish that can be used for baking, as baby food, for stuffing, etc.
For this super easy paleo homemade applesauce choose sweeter rather than sour apples. You can also mix varieties (like red delicious, honey crisp and granny smith) for a richer and varied flavor.
While the recipe calls for certain amounts of sweetener and lime, depending on the combination of apple types you get (sweet or sour) you may want to play around with these ingredients to get the flavor you want i.e. add more honey if apples are on the sour side or lime juice if apples are on the sweet side.
Lu´s Super Easy Paleo Homemade Applesauce Recipe
Makes about 3 cups
- 8 medium apples
- 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tablespoons honey (or half honey and half monk fruit sweetener)
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
- 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan or Celtic salt
- Dash of nutmeg (optional)
- Dash of clove
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup filtered water
- Prepare the Apples: Wash, peel, and remove the stems, hearts, and seeds. You can use an apple corer or click on this link to see some easy instructions to core an apple. Wash again. Cut in small chunks.
- Place apple chunks first into the slow cooker and sprinkle them with the lime juice. Pour the juice directly over the apples and lightly mix the pieces with a wooden spoon.
- Mix all the condiments in the water and then use this water to cover the apples. If using a cinnamon stick, add it to the pot.
- Cook at a low setting for 4-6 hours. Check your sauce regularly and correct seasoning or texture as needed (see notes).
- When finished, you can leave the applesauce as is (with small pieces of apple in it), or you can puree using a fork, or a hand blender for a smoother texture.
Store the applesauce in the fridge for 4-5 days. If you keep it in the freezer, it can last several months.
- For this recipe, you can use a 3-quart slow cooker or double the recipe and use a 6-quart cooker (you can always freeze extra applesauce in airtight containers and use it later).
- The exact cooking time may vary. Some recipes only require 4 hours at low temperature, while others require up to 12 hours, especially if you double the recipe.
- If the applesauce looks watery, once the cooking is finished, remove the lid and cook at high temperature for 30 extra minutes to help reduce the liquid.