Pressure Cooker Applesauce (GF, DF, and Paleo) – Blog Post #6

The Wee One loves this applesauce. He had two bowlfuls at our Sunday dinner.

It take a little time to prep the apples but it’s worth it when you smell the delicious aromas of cooking apples with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.

I used gala apples, golden delicious, and Macintosh apples at different time.  Each one was delicious as applesauce.

Instead of refined sugar, I used coconut sugar which has a lower glycemic index than white sugar.  (35 instead of 60 so your blood sugar won’t spike as easily.)

Since I’ve been loving pumpkin spice lately, I use pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon.  You can use either spice.

To make it Whole 30 friendly, omit the sugar.  Remember only eat a little bit of fruit while on the Whole 30 because you don’t want to feed your sugar dragon.

Pressure Cooker Applesauce

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

– 2 to 4 pounds apples:  peeled, cored, and sliced

– ¼ c. water

– ¼ c. sugar

– 2 tsp. Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

 

Directions

  1. Prepare the apples.  Add to the pressure cooker.
  2. Pour the water over the apple.  Sprinkle the sugar and spice over the apples.  
  3. Put the lid on the pressure cooker.
  4. Manually set the pressure cooker to 5 minutes.
  5. When the apples are finished cooking, allow the pressure cooker to naturally release pressure for 20 minutes.
  6. After the pressure cooker’s pressure has been released, open the lid and place the apples in the blender.
  7. Blend until smooth.  (About a minute)
  8. Enjoy cold or warm!

Happy eating,
Traci

“Almond Joy” Apple Bites

Quick and Easy

Apple bites are quick to put together.  All you need to do is slice up the apple, spread the apple slices with a nut butter, and then top the apple slices.  Yum!  Such a healthy snack depending on what you put on top of the apple slices.

These apple slices were topped with almond butter, coconut shreds, and cacao powder. Continue reading ““Almond Joy” Apple Bites”

Crockpot Homemade Applesauce

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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The Imaginative One LOVES apples.  Actually that’s understatement, he adores apples and will eat all the way to the core and even around the seeds.  He loves to pack them for lunch.

Since it’s fall, apples are plentiful so I decided I was going to try to make some applesauce in the crock pot.  I’ve made it on the stove so I followed the same method but in the crock pot instead.

While the apples were cooking away, the boys and I went on an adventure.  The Dayton area is where the Wright Brothers lived and tested out the airplane.  I’m so fortunate that I live about 5 miles away from where they tested the airplane after the December 17, 1903 flight.  We went to the Interpretive Center and then down to the Huffman Dam that was built after the Great Flood of 1913.  After we were done with our walk, we drove through the local university because it has beautiful fall foliage especially in one area.

Click on the picture to see more pictures from our adventure.

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Homemade Applesauce

Crockpot Homemade Applesauce

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 to 2 pounds of apples, cored and cut into cubes
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • water

Steps:

  1. Cut up apples.
  2. Place in a 2 – 3 quart crockpot.
  3. Add water to just below the top of apples.
  4. Add the cinnamon sticks.
  5. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours until the apples are tender.
  6. Pour out the majority of the water.
  7. Blend in small batches in a blender.  (Add sugar at this point if you want to.)
  8. Enjoy!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Crockpot Caramel Apple Crisp (Day 23)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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I’m over two-thirds of the way through the challenge.  I’ve shared a dip, main dishes, and soups.  This is the first time I’ve shared a dessert.

Last Saturday, Hubby and I were discussing how I’m planning to make most of our Thanksgiving dinner in the crock pot.  He told me that I would probably make an apple crisp in the crock pot for our Thanksgiving dinner.

He didn’t know that I had already planned to make a crisp in the crock pot for our Sunday night dinner.

Every Sunday, we have dinner with my mother-in-law.  Sometimes she cooks or we go out to eat.  Recently I’ve been cooking the dinner.  The majority of the meal was cooked in the crock pot.  The whipped cream and veggies were the only parts of the meals not cooked in the crock pot.

This dessert was delicious.  I put the caramel drizzle on the crisp.  It really didn’t that drizzle.  The crisp was sweet enough without it.

This crisp is especially delicious with whipped cream on top.  I usually make my own whipped cream now.  Homemade whipped cream is delicious and yummy!

Caramel Apple Crisp

Crock Pot Caramel Apple Crisp

adapted from Crockpot Ladies

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 (11 oz.) individually wrapped caramels
  • 10 apples, diced (I used gala.)
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or 1 tsp. ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

Topping

  • 1/2 c. cold unsalted butter (1 stick) cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon and pinch of cloves

Caramel Drizzle

  • 1 jar of caramel ice cream topping

Steps:

  1. Spray a 6 quart crock pot or casserole crock pot with cooking spray.
  2. Unwrap the caramels.  Cut each caramel in half.  Place in crockpot.
  3. Add apples, spices, and flour to the caramels.  Mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, add the topping ingredients.
  5. Using 2 butter knives or a pastry blender to cut the butter until it’s a nice crumbly mixture.
  6. Spread the topping over the apples and caramels.
  7. Cover.  Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  8. Enjoy with whipped cream and the caramel drizzle!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci