Fall Favorite! Homemade Applesauce in the Crock-Pot

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I think fall is my favorite season of the year!  There is nothing better than wearing comfy jeans with a warm, cozy sweatshirt and warming up with a cup of coffee, oh yeah AND watching some college football.  Man, that screams fall to me, I just love it!

I also love the flavors that fall brings including pumpkin and apple, ahhh!  Good ole’ honey crisp apples, pumpkin spice lattes, caramel apples, pumpkin bars and the list goes on! Well, just the other day was my first attempt in making homemade applesauce in the crock-pot with some leftover apples.  Why haven’t I made this before?  First off, it was super simple, second, the house smelled amazing and third, it was absolutely gloriously delicious (yes, for some reason I like that word)! 

 

 

Here are my sliced apples about to go bad.

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Add some cinnamon, I even added a little apple pie spice seasoning! No, water, juice or sugar, just apples and seasonings!

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Cook on LOW for four hours or so . . . until soft.

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YUM!

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Now, let’s fancy these apples with some heavenly Noosa yoghurt.  I didn’t misspell yogurt, that is how they spell it.

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This yogurt is just like dessert! It is super creamy and I like to explain it as a mixed marriage of yogurt and pudding. Oh my goodness, seriously, you have to try it if you have not already! It is soooooo good!

 

I toasted up some walnuts!  Walnuts contain the most omega-3 fats (ALA) for a nut!

Here is the nutrition breakdown from California Walnuts

  • 2.5 grams of ALA (this is the type of omega-3 fats, plant form; not as absorbable as EPA & DHA from fish oil but still very good)
  • 4 grams of protein (9% of DV)
  • 2 grams of fiber (8% of DV)
  • A good source of magnesium
  • A good source of phosphorous

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Now let’s top those yummy apples with some Noosa yoghurt and toasted walnuts!  What a great wholesome snack or dessert! 

 

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

Apples Fiber, Antioxidants (Vitamin C, polyphenols)
Yogurt Good source of protein (9 gm per serving), good source of calcium
Walnuts Omega-3’s (ALA), fiber, protein, magnesium, phosphorus
   

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