Slow Cooked Spiced Cranberry Applesauce

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I was so excited this week when my most recent delivery from Melissa’s Produce arrived!  I ordered some Organic Crimson Gold Apples! I’ve never had these apples before, but was intrigued by their description online – sweet, floral flavor.  What I didn’t realize, were that these were little mini apples!  Almost the size of a golf ball!  The cutest apples I’ve ever seen!

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no sugar added applesauce, applesauce, cranberry applesauce, apple recipes, fall desserts Although mini in size, these apples were huge in flavor!  Super sweet with a firm and crunchy flesh.  They almost taste like a teeny tiny baby honey crisp.  I knew right away that I wanted to make some applesauce!  With fruit this sweet, there’s no reason to add a ton of sugar or other sweeteners. Their natural flavor was perfect all by itself!

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no sugar added applesauce, applesauce, cranberry applesauce, apple recipes, fall desserts In addition, to stay with the Autumn theme, I added in 2 heaping cups of fresh cranberries.  I really like their tart, bright flavor.  And they add a nice dark rose hue to the whole thing.  If you can get your hands on some Crimson Gold Apples, I highly suggest you stock up!  Per Melissa’s suggestions, pick apples that are firm without too many blemishes – though a few freckled spots are OK!  If you store them in the fridge they stay nice and firm and crisp – which is how I love them!

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no sugar added applesauce, applesauce, cranberry applesauce, apple recipes, fall desserts And of course you should whip up a batch of this Spiced Cranberry Applesauce!  This is probably one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever developed.  You put all the ingredients in a crock pot or slow cooker, set on medium heat and in 6 hours it’s done!  Perfect to leave while you’re at work and so you can have a warm, comforting sweet treat waiting for you!

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no sugar added applesauce, applesauce, cranberry applesauce, apple recipes, fall desserts Slow Cooked Spiced Cranberry Applesauce:
Ingredients:

  • 2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4 cups diced Crimson Gold Apples
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 c apple cider

Instructions:

  1. Place all the ingredients in the a crock pot or slow cooker.
  2. Turn on medium heat and cook for 6-8 hours.  Apples and cranberries should be falling apart and very soft.
  3. Using a stick blender or food processor, blend applesauce into desired consistency.  More for a finer puree and less for a chunkier consistency.  Applesauce will stay fresh for a week in the fridge.

The ingredients in this post were provided free of charge from Melissa’s Produce.  Recipe created and developed by BeanAFoodie.  I did not receive any kickbacks or payments from featuring Melissa’s Produce in this post – just got to cook with delicious produce!

1 Comment

  1. Melissa @ Eat on the Run

    November 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Looks like apple butter! Yum 🙂

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