After a little preparation, this easy apple sauce cooks by itself and fills the house with the delicious hint of cinnamon spice.
Yield: about 1 quart Preparation time: 15 minutes Total time: 4 hours 15 minutes
7 small apples (Gala), peeled and diced
4 medium pears (Bartlet), peeled and diced
1/2 cup water
2 cinnamon sticks
1.5 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1. Peel apples and pears and dice into 1/2 inch pieces.
2. Place apples and pears into slow cooker and add 1/2 cup of water, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks.
3. Combine the ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a small bowl and pour over apple and pear mixture.
4. Carefully stir everything a few times, secure slow cooker and set on high for about 3-4 hours (some slow cookers are more powerful than others, so time may vary).
5. About 4 hours later, turn off slow cooker. Open (careful of hot steam) and either mash with a potato masher for chunky pear-applesauce or use an immersion blender for a smoother sauce.
Even better than the crunchy leaves of fall, is the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves slowly cooking with apples and pears. There is no added sugar in this applesauce, but it is oh, so delicious! It tastes like the filling of an apple pie, without the health concerns of added sugar.
Another one of our favorite healthier fall foods is Whole Wheat and Flax Pumpkin Spice Bread. The irresistible flavors of fall with the health benefits of fiber, omega-3 fats and nutrients from whole wheat flour, pumpkin and flax seeds make it even better!
Now, this might be a little extreme, but the kiddos in our house actually put the pear-applesauce on a slice of the pumpkin bread from above, and well, let’s just say, you can’t get much more fall than that!
If you're enticed by more apple, cinnamon and pumpkin recipes, Apple-Almond Pumpkin Muffins might be right up your alley!
Sarah Galla, M.S., R.Y.T., is the creator, recipe developer, photographer and writer behind The Nourished Seedling. She holds a Master's degree in Holistic Nutrition and is a Certified Yoga Teacher, currently registered with Yoga Alliance. As a mother of three amazing kiddos, she is an advocate for the importance of real food and mindful eating, and that no matter how hard the storm, to always look for the rainbow after the rain.