November 14, 2023Review Recipe
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When fall approaches, I look forward to everything that comes with the season, and making homemade crockpot applesauce is at the top of my list. This recipe is the perfect way to enjoy delicious apples all season long.
Crockpot Applesauce Ingredients
Take fresh, juicy apples, cinnamon, and a touch of sugar, and let them simmer in a slow cooker for hours.
The end result is a deliciously sweet and tangy applesauce. The texture is perfectly smooth, and the aroma is heavenly.
- 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 of 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.
How To Make This Crockpot Applesauce Recipe
The hardest part of making this applesauce is the time it takes to peel and chop the apples.
Once that is done, the crockpot does all the work for you!
STEP ONE: Remove the cores and cut apples into 1-inch pieces.
You can also remove the peels if you wish.
STEP TWO: Place apples in a crockpot. Add lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, and water.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
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 three hours, stirring once or twice if desired. Stirring is not necessary.
At the end of three hours, remove the whole cinnamon sticks.
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.
You can mix a lot for smooth applesauce or less for chunky applesauce.
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 Slow Cooker Applesauce
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 and warmth with a mug of pumpkin spice latte on the side.
Proper storage ensures your applesauce remains fresh and tasty, ready to add a touch of sweetness to your meals or snacks.
MAKE AHEAD: Once the applesauce has cooled down to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container or jars with tight-fitting lids.
You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to five to seven days.
IN THE FRIDGE: Store this crockpot cinnamon applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
IN THE FREEZER: Homemade applesauce freezes so well, and I love to use individual-sized containers so that I can pop one out to enjoy later.
Freeze in a sealed container for up to three months.
Freeze in portion-sized containers and pop one out for a yummy snack or breakfast as needed.
Why We Love This Recipe
HOMEMADE GOODNESS: This recipe allows you to savor the pure, homemade goodness of applesauce without any additives or preservatives, ensuring it’s both delicious and wholesome.
SIMPLICITY AT ITS BEST: With minimal effort and just a handful of ingredients, you can have a pot of sweet, fragrant applesauce simmering away while you go about your day.
I love to make my own applesauce. This crockpot applesauce recipe makes the 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
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.
This applesauce freezes beautifully. Store in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.
You can add sugar, but it is completely optional, depending on your preference. If you prefer unsweetened applesauce, you don’t need to add any sugar at all.
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- 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
- Remove the 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. Remove the whole cinnamon sticks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t overcook your applesauce, or the apples will start to lose their flavor.
- 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.
- Freeze in portion-sized containers and pop one out for a yummy snack or breakfast as needed.