There are only 5 ingredients in this slow cooker apple sauce and sugar is not one of them! This healthy, whole 30 approved, paleo, vegan and packed with flavor.
Since I posted my Slow Cooker Apple Butter recipe a couple of days ago I thought it would only be fitting to follow that up with this. I guess technically this should be called apple-blueberry sauce. I love pairing two different fruits together when making applesauce. There are tons of variations like apple-pear, apple-cranberry etc but this one is my favorite. My blueberries weren’t particularly sweet so my batch came out a nice combo of sweet and tangy. Like my apple butter, this recipe is whole 30 approved! Also like the other recipe you leave the skin on! That’s where all the nutrients are. This will cook down so soft you won’t be able to tell there was ever skin on the apples.
Don’t add sugar! Why? It’s not needed. Especially if you use a sweet apple like gala, honeycrisp or fuji apples all work well. Gala apples are my favorite and they’re nice and sweet so I used those. The sweetener in this recipe is – DATE PALM also known as dates. In addition to being full of nutritional value, dates are really sweet. They’re the perfect natural sweetener. You have to be careful though; if you use too many then your applesauce will taste ‘datey’. It won’t necessarily ruin the batch but it will alter the taste. Personally 4-5 small dates is enough sweetness for me. When deciding how many dates to use take into consideration how sweet your apples are and if you are adding another sweet fruit into the mix.
- 1.5 lb apples
- 4 ounces blueberries
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3-4 dates
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
- Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.
- Use an immersion blender or food processor blend until you achieve desired consistency.
I made this in my small 2-quart slow cooker. For larger batches simply double or triple the measurements. As with most applesauce store this in the frig or freeze it for later use.