Tis the season for all things apples. We went apple picking as a family last weekend and have SO many apples! So far I’ve made an apple crisp, baked apple donuts and some apple puree for the baby.
Every year I make a batch of Cranberry Applesauce. Not only is it incredibly delicious but it is so easy. You can do this right in your crockpot, so it’s a set it and forget it type of recipe (my favorite)!
If you don’t have a crockpot or instant pot, you can also do this is a large saucepan on the stove, just know that you’ll have to get in there to stir every once in a while.
This is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The apples are nice and sweet and we add a little extra sweetness with some honey or sugar. The fresh cranberries are incredibly sour but when you put them both together, it is a wonderful balance that is adored!
This stores really well in the fridge for a good week, but I guarantee you it will be gone by then! Perfect to pack for the kids lunches or to set out for a holiday meal. Feel free to mix it up and add some new spices or ingredients! You can get super creative with it. Enjoy!
- 6 large apples fuji, granny smith, macintosh, etc.
- 1½ cups fresh cranberries
- ½ cup water (or apple cider)
- 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon (or apple pie spice if you have)
Peel and chop all of the apples into 1 inch pieces.
Add the apples and all of the other ingredients into a slow cooker and give a stir. Cook on high for 4 hours.
When done, stir and if too chunky for you preference, mash with potato masher or blend with immersion blender. Serve warm or cold! Enjoy!
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