Crock Pot Applesauce
by Pat Kocher
1/2 Cup Xylitol, Date Sugar or Granulated Sugar
Cinnamon to taste
Quarter and remove seeds from ten cooking apples (I use Cortland or Macintosh)
Place the apple quarters into the crockpot
Add less than 1/2 cup of water
Add sweetener and cinnamon
Cover and turn Crock Pot on High for overnight
In the morning turn off the crock pot and allow to cool until comfortable temperature to work with
Run the apples through a seive or food mill to remove all skins.
You will have nicely flavored, pink, applesauce with few calories that will be deliciously healthy.
Refrigerate until used. this keeps very well if covered air tight.
Applesauce is the perfect snack for when you need a boost of nutrients and something sweet and delicious. It is also great when used in a number of different recipes because it adds a special taste that enhances an average dish.
I like applesauce because:
- Applesauce contains many phytonutrients that act as antioxidants, such as catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid. These fight free radicals and protect your DNA and cells from oxidative damage.
- It is known that many Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet. Applesauce, though, is a great source of fiber, offering almost 4 g per serving.
- Applesauce is full of many helpful flavonoids as well. Some of these help reduce inflammation in the blood vessels and joints, which helps relieve pain from arthritis and also promotes healthy blood flow.
- The antioxidants in applesauce helps to prevent many forms of cancer that can be caused by the free radicals they fight. In particular, women have been known to fight lung cancer better with applesauce in their diet.
- The flavonoids found in applesauce help to protect liver cells and regulate overproduction of these cells' fats.