Posts Tagged ‘crockpot’

Easy Crockpot Apple Sauce (Sugar-free!)

| Spreads, Sauces and Dips, Uncategorized

apple sauce 1apple 2Since I am always baking and many vegan recipes use apple sauce, I am forever buying apple sauce at the supermarket.  My issue with commercial apple sauce though, is that many of them contain sugar and preservatives which are so unnecessary!  So I attempted making apple sauce in my slow cooker and I was so impressed!  Just 3 ingredients and I had the most delicious – and more than sweet enough – apple sauce!  It is so good that I have been eating a small bowl of it every night for dessert:)


  • Apples, peeled and cored (I used golden delicious but use what you like)
  • water
  • cinnamon sticks or ground powder


Roughly chop apples.  Put just enough boiling water into your slow cooker to cover the bottom of it (about 3/4-1 cup).  Add apples and cinnamon to taste.  Cook on low until apples are completely soft.  (Mine took about 6 hours)  Remove cinnamon sticks if you have used them.  Pour contents into a food processor and process until you have a smooth apple sauce.  Add sweetener to taste.  I didn’t need to add any as my apples were deliciously sweet.

Pour into a glass jar once cooled and store in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Have fun!
Dr T

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

| Mains

IMG_4282IMG_4277My beloved grandmother, Ouma Lil, was the Queen of split pea soup.  In winter, it was a regular family meal with her on a Friday night.  Since she passed away earlier this year, I decided that the split pea soup still needed making and started to look for an easy slow cooker recipe that could cook while I’m at work.  This is it!  Simple, satisfying and incredibly healthy.


  • 500g pack of split peas
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced (optional)
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 8 dry bay leaves
  • 6 cups of vegan chicken flavoured or vegetable stock (you can just use water and salt but the soup is slightly less flavourful that way)


Layer ingredients in the order mentioned in your slow cooker and add water/stock.  Do not stir/mix.  Turn slow cooker onto low and cook for 8-10 hours.  When done, stir vigorously to blend ingredients into a creamy soup.

I like to freeze containers of these to take to work for lunch.  No mess no fuss!

Dr T



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