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Crockpot Applesauce

close up shot of a bowl of crockpot applesauce with a cinnamon stick
You'll look forward to apple season once you see how easy this delicious crockpot applesauce recipe is to make! What a great way to use your apple picking spoils.
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  1. CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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When fall approaches, I look forward to everything that comes with the season. Pumpkin spice, warm sweaters, falling leaves, and, of course, all things apple. This homemade crockpot applesauce recipe is the perfect way to enjoy delicious apples all season long.

Apple recipes are classic, and we have lots. Check out our apple pie and caramel apple crisp bites.

CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 3 pounds of apples (approximately 6 to 7 large, any variety) I used Gala and Granny Smith
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup water
  • Sugar (optional to taste)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

LEMON JUICE: The lemon juice adds a little punch to the applesauce. It can be omitted for sweeter applesauce.  

SUGAR: Granulated sugar can be added during cooking or stirred in after the applesauce is cooked so that you can sweeten it to your particular tastes.

APPLES: You can use any variety of apples you wish including Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, and Granny Smith. Red Delicious or Golden Delicious don’t have as much flavor on their own so it is best to mix them with another variety. If you are using a tart apple like Granny Smith apples, you could mix it with a sweeter apple such as Fuji apples or Mcintosh apples to balance it out.

CRANBERRY: Add fresh or frozen cranberries to turn this easy recipe into cranberry applesauce.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE RECIPE

STEP ONE: Remove cores (and peels, if desired) and cut apples into 1-inch pieces.

STEP TWO: Place apples in a crockpot. Add lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, and water.

PRO TIP

If you are thinking about putting in added sugar, we would recommend you wait until the applesauce has finished cooking first before deciding if it isn’t sweet enough.

STEP THREE: Cook on HIGH for 3 hours, stirring once or twice, if desired. (Stirring is not necessary).

PRO TIP

Don’t overcook your applesauce, or the apples will start to lose their flavor.

STEP FOUR: Use a potato masher or immersion blender to break down cooked apples into a desired texture for the applesauce depending on if you prefer smooth or chunky applesauce. 

PRO TIP

A blender or food processor will break down the peels quite a bit, but not entirely. For a smoother consistency, peel the apples before cooking.

HOW TO SERVE

This delicious applesauce can be served any time of day. From breakfast to an after school snack to a simple dessert after dinner, it’s the perfect thing for a light and fruity treat. A sprinkle of ground cinnamon makes it feel extra fancy. Add even more fall atmosphere with a pumpkin spice latte on the side.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store this crockpot cinnamon applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

PRO TIP: Freeze in portion-sized containers and pop one out for a yummy snack or breakfast as needed.

I love to make my own applesauce. I find the homemade version has so much more flavor than what comes from the grocery store and my kids gobble it up. This slow cooker applesauce recipe makes this task so easy and only takes a handful of simple ingredients for this warm and cozy treat. Once you see the apple trees loaded with a lot of apples, it’s time to whip up a batch of this fresh applesauce.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of apples is best for homemade applesauce?

Most types of apples would work well in this easy slow cooker applesauce. Try popular varieties such as Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, or Golden Delicious.

Can this applesauce be frozen?

This applesauce freezes beautifully. Store in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Do I need to add sugar to this applesauce?

of sugar depending on your preference. If you prefer unsweetened applesauce, you don’t need to add any sugar at all.

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Crockpot Applesauce

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You'll look forward to apple season once you see how easy this delicious crockpot applesauce recipe is to make! What a great way to use your apple picking spoils.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds apples approximately 6 to 7 large (any variety I used Gala and Granny Smith)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup water
  • sugar optional to taste

Instructions
 

  • Remove cores (and peels, if desired) and cut apples into 1-inch pieces.
  • Place apples in a crockpot. Add lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, and water.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3 hours, stirring once or twice, if desired. (Stirring is not necessary).
  • Use a potato masher or immersion blender to break down cooked apples into desired texture for the applesauce. A blender will break down the peels quite a bit, but not fully. For a completely pureed applesauce, peel the apples before cooking.

Notes

PRO TIP: If you are thinking about putting in added sugar, we would recommend you wait until the applesauce has finished cooking first before deciding if it isn’t sweet enough.
 
PRO TIP: Don’t overcook your applesauce, or the apples will start to lose their flavor.
 
PRO TIP: A blender or food processor will break down the peels quite a bit, but not entirely. For a smoother consistency, peel the apples before cooking.
PRO TIP: Freeze in portion-sized containers and pop one out for a yummy snack or breakfast as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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