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How to make DIY Applesauce

Making-ApplesauceDo you have some Ugly Apples? You know what I mean, maybe they sat on your counter or in your fridge, neglected and forgotten. Maybe they were home grown, so they aren’t all perfect and pretty.

I hate the thought of throwing out good food. (Think of those kids that don’t ever get to eat, besides the money that you’re wasting!) Well, here’s a solution for those apples that people might have otherwise thrown out. Are you ready?

Make Homemade Applesauce

..In your crockpot, no less!

I peeled..

Making Applesauce

..cut, and cored these apples into regular size pieces.

Making Applesauce

Then I added them to the crock pot with the water, sugar, and cinnamon.

Making Applesauce

I covered with the lid and turned it on to cook all day (8 hours on my machine). I was going to be home so it didn’t matter how long it took, to me.

Essentially, all you’re trying to do is get the apples mushy. Once they get there, all you need is a masher (or a fork if you only have a few apples) and mash them all up. I liked the long time, low temp method, mashing when I thought they were soft enough, then I cooked it longer. It made the house smell AWESOME. I just kept mashing until I got it to a smoothness I liked.

Voila! You’ve just made applesauce! Once you’ve made it the first time, you can always take away some of the sugar, or add more cinnamon, or take out the cinnamon, you know? Play with it a little. You won’t be disappointed!

Plus, it’s a healthier alternative to the “high fructose corn syrup” they put into regular applesauce. ENJOY!

Recipe:

7 apples (whatever kind you want. Mine were Fuji.)

1 1/4 cups water

1/4 cups sugar (add a few tablespoons of brown sugar for a darker, different flavor)

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

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Homemade Clumpy, Crunchy Granola Recipe

We love granola at my house and I really wanted to share my recent recipe for making crunchy, clumpy granola. It was so good! I was thinking about giving some away at Christmas. Anyway, on to the good stuff!

What You’ll Need:

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

4 cups dry ingredients (such as cereal, coconut flakes, flax seed, etc. I used cheerios and grape nuts)

3/4 cup maple syrup (I used a little honey in with this)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg white

 

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, cereal (or other dry ingredients), maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Whisk an egg white in a small cup until it looks foamy. Stir the egg white into the granola.
  3. Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.
  4. Take the granola out of the oven and let it cool COMPLETELY, preferably overnight, uncovered.
  5. When the granola is completely cool, break up into clumps, and keep in an airtight container for storage. If you think it will last that long!

This is a seriously yummy recipe! And it makes quite a bit! Enjoy!

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