Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Paleo Sugar-Free Crock Pot Applesauce

I feel slightly like a cop-out with this one. I don't really consider this a recipe as much as a technique; making applesauce in the crockpot certainly isn't a new concept, and is a pretty basic approach to making use of the season's bounty.

What I do find interesting, though, is the plethora of homemade applesauce recipes that use added sweetener. Even those dubbed "paleo" often have added raw honey or palm sugar.

Whenever I buy unsweetened applesauce to bake or cook with, my kids both always scramble for a taste. They don't miss the sugar. They love the organic squeezable applesauce pouches that are just fruit, nothing else. So why mess with something that's healthy and works?
The apples I used for this sauce are from our own tree. While I'm not sure of their variety, they are definitely on the tart side. I used a little apple cider from a local orchard instead of water, to counterbalance the tartness of the apples. I do think the cider also adds a little body in addition to boosting the natural sweetness of the dish.

You can always use water if you'd prefer, especially if you have sweeter apples on hand. And how much cinnamon and what kind you use is up to you as well. I like to throw in whole sticks, but also use powdered so that the cinnamon is really integrated with the apples.

Paleo Sugar-Free Crock Pot Applesauce

10 apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1 cup natural apple cider
1-2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Place all ingredients in the crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until apples are soft. If you prefer a smooth texture you can use an immersion blender to smooth out the lumps. I prefer to use a wooden spoon to break things up but leave a chunky texture.


  1. This sounds perfect - just what I was searching for. Thank you!

  2. Oops! You may want to correct the spelling of "crockpot" teehee!