This Chai Spiced Applesauce is awesome sauce, if you ask me. It’s packed with the scrumptious flavors of fall and it it’s incredibly easy to make! My chai spiced applesauce turned out a bit darker than I expected – but I think it’s due to the cinnamon and brown sugar, and I used the immersion blender to make it smooth – including even the cloves. Or it could be that I left it cook for way too long because of basketball practice (this is real life, my friends). Even with the extra cook time it tastes super duper.
- 8 lbs of apples – peeled cored and cut into large chunks. I did slices – because I have something similar to this Apple And Potato Peeler, Corer, and Slicer and I processed them using that to save time.
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- ½ tsp cloves
- ½ tsp orange rind (I used zest)
- 3 – 5 tsp brown sugar - Stephanie says she didn’t use sugar because she used Gala apples, which are sweet enough that the applesauce doesn’t need any extra sugar. If you’re using tarter apples might want to add sugar. I, in true form, didn’t read this all the way through and added sugar to my gala apples. It still turned out delicious.
- Combine all your ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. If you like it chunky, mash it up with a potato masher. If you like it smoother, use an immersion blender.
- Refrigerate and enjoy.
I used an immersion blender (like this one – Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender) – because I’m a Type A personality, k? I like things smooth and integrated and uniform. I’m neurotic, you already know this. Chunky or smooth, I don’t think you can go wrong.
(This recipe is adapted from a recipe from Oh My Veggies!)