By Jennifer Fisher, TheFitFork.com
Many associate a slow cooker with cool-weather recipes, but I say it’s a great way to avoid heating up the kitchen in the summer! While I’ve often made applesauce for my kids in the fall, the recent haul of peaches from the farmers’ market spurred me to try my hand at a Sugar-Free Peach Sauce.
I blanched and sliced up fresh peaches (frozen may be substituted) and let them simmer and mingle with aromatic spices through the day. The result was a delicious fruit sauce that’s perfect eaten warm or cold by the bowl full– and also used as a topping on yogurt, waffles, protein pancakes and more. I bet it would also be superb blended into a smoothie made with Core Power!
What I love about this fruit recipe is that it’s pretty darn healthy. It features peaches which are low in calories and naturally sweet – the natural sugars are complex carbohydrates that help provide quick fuel for the body and mind. No processed sugar is added, only a little touch of stevia is necessary in the event the peaches aren’t quite ripe (which may be the case for frozen peaches). This summer season stone fruit is also a great source for fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline which help support heart health, among other things.
This slow cooker recipe will make a pretty big batch. If you think you’ll eat it all up quickly, leave it in the refrigerator for up to five days. Otherwise, divvy the sauce up among zip-top bags and store in the freezer for up to six months.
Sugar-Free Peach Sauce Recipe
Blanch, peel and pit peaches; cut into slices. Or, if using frozen (easiest method), partially thaw in microwave. Place fresh or thawed frozen peaches in the food processor and process until flesh is getting smooth, but still slightly chunky. Pour peaches into slow cooker set on LOW for 8 hours, stirring a couple times during the day. After 8 hours, stir in lemon juice, cinnamon and ginger. Sever warm or cool. May be stored in the refrigerator for 5 days or freezer up to 6 months.