Personally, I don't like adding sweetener to my applesauce. They are a nice combination of sweet and tart (especially if you combine various types of apples and get all those flavors juicing together) and I prefer to limit the sweet for me and the kids! :) In the past, I think I've added a touch of lime juice to the mix, but this year have chosen just to do apples and cinnamon sticks.
Stick that in your crockpot on low for about 6-8 hours or until apples are nice and mushy and you're almost done!
after they have cooked fully, all you really need to do (depending on the texture you like) is either blend it all together (take out your cinnamon sticks first) or mash with a fork. Personally I like a bit of texture in my applesauce so I used a fork.
and wasn't that amazingly simple? Thanks again Kelly for letting me post here!