Gibson’s Empire Applesauce

A taste of fall, with a touch of honey from guest chef Christina Gibson.

Apples are a good source of soluble fiber with the potential to lower cholesterol and aid in digestion. They are also a significant source of several types of flavonoids, including quercitin, epicatechin, and chlorogenic acid, which are thought to help fight allergies, support lung function, protect against heart disease and cancer. Flavonoid concentration is several times higher in the peel than in the flesh, fitting well with the design of this delicious recipe. Because apples also retain higher levels of pesticides than many other fruits, it’s important to buy organic, not only to avoid harmful chemicals, but also so that you can eat the peels with their many benefits—while also protecting the planet!

Available in the fall and early winter, Empire apples have a crisp flesh and sweet tart flavor, which also make them perfect for fresh preparations such as salads. They pair well with pumpkin, pear, sharp cheeses, and warm spices, such as ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.


  • 1/2 bushel of Empire apples (about 60 apples)
  • 3 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp organic fresh nutmeg
  • 1-2 tbsp organic local honey (variation based on personal preferences, I prefer 1 tbsp)
  • Coconut oil (to coat the crockpot or pot)
  • Season with a Whole Lotta Love


Spray or wipe down inside of crockpot or cooking pot with coconut oil/coconut oil spray.

Cut and core the apples. DO NOT PEEL. Chop each slice into 2-3 pieces and add to apples to the crockpot or pot.

Set crockpot to high heat. If using a pot on the stove, set heat to low (so as not to burn apples).

Add cinnamon, nutmeg and honey.

Cook for 4-5 hours on high heat in a covered crock pot. Or, if using a covered pot on the stove, cook on low heat. Stir occasionally.

Remove from heat and transfer to sterilized glass jars for canning. This recipe will fill 12 jars—with a little left over for you to enjoy on the spot!

If you are not canning, once you remove from heat, you may serve and enjoy immediately or save for an after-dinner treat.

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