Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves give this easy slow-cooker applesauce a very fall flavor that will remind you of chai spices.
3 pounds apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup water
Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on high heat for 4 to 5 hours. Use a potato masher to break up the apples for a chunky consistency. If you want smooth applesauce, transfer the mixture to a blender to puree in batches.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.