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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Clean Eat Recipe :: Clean Crock Pot Cinnamon Vanilla Applesauce

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Want to usher in the fall season with the yummy scent of baking apples with cinnamon and vanilla?  If so, we have the right recipe for you!

Clean Crock Pot Cinnamon Vanilla Applesauce




Ingredients:
8 medium-size Granny Smith apples, peeled (7 large Granny Smith apples can be substituted)
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 c water
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (avoid HFCS)



Directions:
1. Peel apples and cut into quarters, careful to core apples as well (seeds are bad!). Place in bottom of crock pot slow cooker.
2. Add lemon juice, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple sugar flakes and pure vanilla extract.
3. Stir briefly - just enough to mix ingredients.
4. Cook on low for 2 hours and then raise temperature to high for 1.5 hours.
5. Stir, slightly mashing any apple chunks, serve and enjoy!

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19 comments:

  1. How long does this stay fresh in the fridge? I'd love to make this to keep on hand especially for my 3 year old.

    Also, what are maple sugar flakes? I've never heard of them.

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    1. Hello Mrs D!
      The applesauce should stay for about a week - since it has no preservatives, you don't want to keep it too long - it will mold. I would suggest freezing some and heating it up if you would like for it to last longer.
      Maple sugar flakes are tiny "dried" or crystallized flakes of maple sugar. I found mine at a whole foods store - you can also order them through Amazon. They are really yummy! Great to put inside pancakes as well.
      Tiffany

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  2. Could you substitute maple syrup for the maple sugar flakes? Thanks!

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    1. If you can find PURE maple syrup. This is hard to find if you don't order it from Amazon. (No using pancake syrup!). Get the maple sugar flakes - it will last you longer!

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    2. "Hard to find"? Is the stuff in the grocery store labeled "pure" some kind of lie?

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    3. Depending on the types of stores in their region, actually, it CAN be hard to find. I'm lucky enough to live in the city with many types of stores at my disposal. But to try to find many things in rural NorCal where my parents live is difficult. And they're only 3 hours away!

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    4. Walmart has Great Value PURE MAPLE SYRUP & it's SOOOO yummy!!!! I use it in my crockpot overnight oats recipe!

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  3. I found you guys from Pintrest and I am so glad I did! I love all the information you post on this blog! You guys rock!! I am really trying to lose some weight by making a life style change and not just following a "diet". I am excited because as I incorporate these recipes in to my life it is also effecting my family as well. We just tried this Crockpot Applesauce recipe and it was a big hit, the kids loved it! Thanks again.

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    1. That's so wonderful Alishia! I really hope that your family likes some of our other recipes. We have lots to share, so please keep looking for them!

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  4. Would it be possible to can this?

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    1. That was my question, too. My guess is, yes. You would just put it in the jars, then place it in the water bath to seal. The ingredients are no different than if I steamed the apples, peeled them, pureed with cinn., and canned, so I don't see why you couldn't can this.

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    2. I think you could definitely can it!! Let me know how it turns out!

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  5. I am thinking of making this tomorrow but do not have maple sugar flakes. However, I do have pure maple syrup. How much maple syrup would you substitute for 2 tbsp of maple sugar flakes?

    I am going to try to sneak in a few recipes then pitch the clean eating idea to my hubby. We'll see how it goes!

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    1. I'm not really sure, but my guess for trying it the first time would be 1tbsp of maple sugar vs the 2tbsp of flakes. Let me know how it turns out!

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    2. We had the applesauce and really liked it. However, we thought it was a little tart. Not sure if it was the granny smith apples, the estimated conversion of maple sugar flakes to real maple syrup or the fact that my husband and I are still addicted to sugar, sugar and more sugar!

      We will definitely try the recipe again- probably trying a different type of apple. We can't do clean eating cold turkey but are looking forward to incorporating your recipes into a healthier lifestyle. Thanks!

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  6. Would this be a snack? And how much is a serving?

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    1. It can be a snack! 3/4 to 1 cup is a good serving size!

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  7. Could you use this applesauce as an ingredient for the Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats & Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread recipes?

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