On the path of intuitive eating, we honor the foods that are whole and high-vibrating for our body, as much as is possible (practice, not perfection – especially for those just starting this metaphysical path!).
My homemade, sugar-free applesauce is one of those gems that takes any meal or dish to the next delightful level – or is perfect solo.
It’s also ridiculously easy – which makes it a real winner in my blog (see what I did there…;)). I’ve been making this applesauce every fall for years and years…
What you’ll need:
- 8 organic apples for 2 pints of applesauce, including some tasters for you too
- 1 organic lemon
- organic cinnamon
- Crockpot (This is the exact crockpot I have!)
- 1/4 c of filtered, alkaline water
Step one: Slice your apples into thin strips. I take the super easy approach here, but feel free to make it as intensive as you like. I simply wash my apples and chop them up, one side at a time until all that is left is the core. I do not peel my apples, but if you wish to do so, here’s a peeler/corer I’ve never used and an apple corer, which I’ve also never used. (I’ll always tell you if for any reason I haven’t used something! :)). I wanted you to have some options. OK, now that we got that out of the way…
Step two: Place apple slices in crockpot. Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of the lemon over the apple slices. Add the water as well.
Step three: Cinnamon it up! I do this by eye, but you can do 1-2T of cinnamon per 8-apple batch. I have over-cinnamoned (now a word) and that isn’t so good. But I now focus on giving the apples a healthy dusting of cinnamon on the top layer of apples visible in the crockpot.
Step four: Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Come by and stir the apples occasionally to help support the juices and cinnamon in mixing in well. You can overcook this – I know because I’ve done it. So don’t do anything more than a half hour over on either of these. I’ll often turn it to low after 3 hours on high and do 30 minutes on low if I want it to be a little more cooked down. But more than that and it’s not so great. Also, feel free to bless the applesauce while it’s cooking.
Step five: If you don’t eat it all right then and there, put into 2 pint jars or smaller jars if you like. This is amazing solo or with grain-free granola and seeds (and with pancakes!) or as a side dish to anything or with a spoonful of Coconut Bliss Infinite Coconut (if you’re into that kind of thing – organic agave appears in the Bliss, so I allow for this on special occasions and usually on the weekends or when I won’t be having client sessions). Enjoy! Xo
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