I have a lovely vegan friend who reads my blog every day and has been incredibly supportive, despite the fact that my recipes are chock full of eggs and meat.  Today’s recipe has neither.  So D, this one’s for you!

This is a simple fruit sauce that I made with my kids.  My daughter, M, is something of an applesauce aficionado, and she scarfed this stuff down.  I love that it is sweetened with fruit.

As with any simple recipe, quality ingredients are key.  Make sure your pears are ripe, your apples fresh, and your vanilla high quality.  Then sit back and let the wonderful aromas from your slow cooker make you think thoughts of fall.

Fall Harvest Sauce

  • 6 pitted dates
  • 5 medium apples (I used Granny Smith.)
  • 3 pears
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 c water
  1. Peel, core and slice apples and pears.
  2. Layer slices of pear and apple in bottom of a small slow cooker.
  3. Cut dates in half and place in slow cooker.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Sprinkle cinnamon all over the fruit.
  6. Add water and stir gently to combine.
  7. Turn slow cooker on low and cook for about 4 hours.  You want the fruit to collapse when you press it gently with a fork.
  8. Remove from heat and pour into medium bowl.
  9. Let cool slightly.
  10. Using immersion blender, puree until you reach desired texture.
  11. Serve warm or cold.



5 Responses to “Fall Harvest Sauce”

  1. on 30 Oct 2012 at 7:57 amKatherine

    How “deep” are the ingredients in the slow cooker once you layer all of the ingredients in your slow cooker?

  2. on 30 Oct 2012 at 9:02 amKristine Rudolph

    I used the small slow cooker. The fruit was just one layer deep. The water obviously made it a tad deeper.

    Does that make sense?

  3. on 30 Oct 2012 at 2:00 pmKatherine

    It does make sense. Time to add a small slow cooker to my Christmas Wish List. 🙂

  4. on 30 Oct 2012 at 2:09 pmKristine Rudolph

    I have a huge, super nice one that my mom gave me as a Christmas gift one year. Then I have just a small one that I bought. I use them both. Now that I am feeding four mouths I use the larger one more frequently, but I still use the small one with enough frequency to justify having it.

  5. on 31 Oct 2012 at 12:05 pmDanita

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m shopping today and can’t wait to get the missing ingredients. I know the boys will love it!
    Your vegan pal

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