Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Applesauce – #appleweek

Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Applesauce - I Say Nomato
This Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Applesauce is so easy. Made with crisp, local apples and a homemade pumpkin spice mix, it will fill your kitchen with the smells of Autumn! 
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Applesauce - I Say Nomato

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So remember back in May when I shared my video on how to make Apple Blossom cookies, and I was so stoked about the branches packed with beautiful apple blossoms?

Apple Blossom Sugar Cookies - I Say Nomato
…. yeeeeahhh… those are all apples now.

The best kind of apple. You know, the one that crunches when you bite into it, and the juice runs down your arm. Not too sweet. Not too sour. Those ones.
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Applesauce - I Say Nomato
Our trees are PACKED.  One of my favourite things to do with them (besides this recipe for the best Apple Crisp you will ever make) is to make applesauce. I found this fantastic Easy Crockpot Applesauce recipe from the Frugal Girls probably four or five years ago, and it really is just so easy I’ve stuck with it, adapting it a bit every time I’ve used it.
This recipe could not be easier. Peel and core your apples slice them into chunks, no need to be too picky about their size! Pour your other ingredients over the top, and set your Crockpot to low.
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Applesauce - I Say Nomato
The longest four hours of your life. You know, they try so hard to replicate that ‘fall’ smell. Apple pie candles, pumpkin spice air freshener, Turkey dinner in a box… but nothing can quite get it right. How can you possibly capture the smell that will be filling your kitchen while this is cooking? Apple… cinnamon… nutmeg… ginger… and your windows are open and that cool, sweet, salty air blowing in from the water… nope, they can’t do it!
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Applesauce - I Say Nomato
After four hours, the apples will be soft. Now, you can use a potato masher if you love a chunky applesauce (or have the forearm stamina of a shot-putter). I do not, so immersion blender it is!
So smooth, so easy, and none of the preservatives that you find in store-bought applesauce.
Caveat: if you take this with you in your lunch bag, make sure that your container is water-tight. My lunch bag still smells like this applesauce 2 weeks after I washed it! (Not complaining.)
And honestly, it doesn’t make so much that it will go bad before you eat it (always my worry!).
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Applesauce - I Say Nomato
It’s Fall in a jar!
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Applesauce
 
This Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Applesauce is so easy. Made with crisp, local apples and a homemade pumpkin spice mix, it will fill your kitchen with the smells of Autumn!
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Recipe type: snack
Serves: 4-5 cups
Ingredients
  • 9 medium apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp each cloves, nutmeg, ginger, & all-spice
  • OPTIONAL: sugar to taste (~1 tsp) if the apples are a little sour
Instructions
  1. Dump your chopped apples into a crockpot.
  2. Pour the water and vanilla over the apples.
  3. In a bowl, mix the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and all-spice, and evenly spoon over the apples.
  4. Cover and set crockpot to low. Cook for 4 hours.
  5. When finished, apples should be very soft and mushy. If you like chunkier applesauce, mash with a potato masher. If you like your applesauce smoother, use an immersion blender until smooth.
And the apples aren’t over! Still need some great ideas? No fear, it’s Apple Week! All week long, my friends and I are sharing our apple-related projects, food and otherwise. You’ll be getting another #appleweek recipe from me tomorrow, can’t wait to share it with you!

Monday: Appetizers and Drinks


Apple Brie Roll Up  by Family Around the Table
Apple Cider Margaritas by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Cheddar Pinwheels by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Pie Martini by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Cider by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Hot Fireball Apple Cider by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Mulled Apple Shrub Mule by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Pumpkin Spice Crockpot Apple Sauce by I Say Nomato
Red Hot Apple Cider by New South Charm
Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup by Caroline’s Cooking
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Tuesday: Main Dishes and Sides


Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Apple Cider Bread by I Say Nomato
Apple-Glazed Pork Chops with Raisins by Love My Messy Messy Mess
Apple Streusel Muffins by Family Around The Table
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries by Feeding Big
Chopped Apple Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fall Apples Become Yummy Applesauce for the Year by Crafty Mama in ME
Harvest Brats with Apple Slaw by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Sausage Stuffed Apples by A Palatable Pastime
Sage Pork Chops with Apple Pan Gravy by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Scalloped Apples Casserole by Red Cottage Chronicles
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Cooking With Carlee
Southern Style Fried Apples by New South Charm

Wednesday: Sweet Treats

Apple and Nut Drop Cookies by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Apple Brown Betty by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids

Apple Cider Caramel Sauce by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread by Feeding Big
Apple Dumplings by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Oatmeal Cookies by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Pie & Cinnamon Things by Crafty Mama in ME
Apple Pie in a Jar by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Baked Apples with Chocolate and Caramel by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Brown Butter Apples by Cricket’s Confections
Mini Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Nana’s Apple Pie by The Crumby Cupcake
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake by Family Around The Table

Thursday: Apple Projects

Apple Bacon Jam by Caroline’s Cooking

Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Apple Suncatchers by Crafty Mama in ME
Caramel Apple in a Jar by Family Around The Table
Knit Apple Hat by Jolene’s Recipe Journal

Friday: Anything Apple Goes

1 Minute Caramel Apple Dip by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids

Apple Brown Betty by A Palatable Pastime
Apple Bundt Cake With Cider Caramel by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Apple Fritters by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Apple Pie Skillet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramelized Apple and Bacon Jam Crostini by Caroline’s Cooking
Creamy Peanut Butter Apple Dip by New South Charm
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple and Peppered Bacon by Feeding Big
Individual Apple Crisp by Family Around The Table
Smoky Apple Pulled Pork by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
Slow Cooker Apple Butter by The Crumby Cupcake

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Cristina

An avid lover of all things East Coast and delicious, Cristina blogs at I Say Nomato, a site dedicated to exploring and inventing allergy-friendly food. When she's not experimenting in the kitchen, she can be found curled up with a good book or planning her next adventure.

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