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Crock Pot Applesauce – Homemade apple sauce doesn’t get easier than using your slow cooker!!

Crock Pot Applesauce – Homemade apple sauce doesn't get easier than using your slow cooker!!
Crock Pot Applesauce

Nothing beats homemade apple sauce, making it in the crock pot is easy and your house will smell divine while the apples and cinnamon simmer all day long. The hardest part about making this sauce is peeling the apples (which is not hard at all!). I love using it in my homemade Applesauce Nut Bread, or with Pork Chops and Apple Sauce, so good! And for a more concentrated sauce with a longer shelf life, you may also like this Slow Cooker Apple Butter recipe.

Crock Pot Applesauce – Homemade apple sauce doesn't get easier than using your slow cooker!!

How Do You Make Homemade Applesauce?

Start with apples. I love using a variety of apples to make applesauce, for this recipe I used eight different apples; Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, Macous, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, and Granny Smith. Gravenstein, McIntosh, Jonagold and Jonathan would also be great options.

I use just a touch of sugar, but if your apples are sweet and you wish to make apple with no sugar, it will still be delicious.

And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!

How To Make Applesauce

Crock Pot Applesauce – Homemade apple sauce doesn't get easier than using your slow cooker!! Crock Pot Applesauce – Homemade apple sauce doesn't get easier than using your slow cooker!!

Crock Pot Applesauce – Homemade apple sauce doesn't get easier than using your slow cooker!!Crock Pot Applesauce – Homemade apple sauce doesn't get easier than using your slow cooker!!

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Crock Pot Applesauce – Homemade apple sauce doesn't get easier than using your slow cooker!!
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Crock Pot Applesauce

55 Cals Protein 15 Carbs Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 15 mins
Yield: 12 servings
COURSE: Sauce
CUISINE: American
Homemade apple sauce doesn't get easier than using your slow cooker!!

Ingredients

  • 8 medium apples, Use a combination of Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, etc.
  • 1 strips of lemon peel - use a vegetable peeler
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 5 teaspoons light brown sugar, unpacked (you can leave out for sugar-free)

Instructions

  • Peel, core, and slice the apples.
  • Place them in the slow cooker.
  • Add the cinnamon stick, lemon peel, lemon juice and brown sugar.
  • Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours.
  • Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce.
  • Remove cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth or if you prefer a chunky sauce, leave sauce intact.

Notes

Makes 3 cups.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 cup, Calories: 55kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Sodium: 1mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g
WW Points Plus: 1
Keywords: apple sauce recipe, crock pot apple sauce, homemade apple sauce, how to make apple sauce, recipes for apples, slow cooker apple sauce

Crock Pot Applesauce – Homemade apple sauce doesn't get easier than using your slow cooker!!

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261 comments

  1. Can this be canned after coming out of the crockpot?

  2. So easy and so delicious! The whole family loves it.

  3. This is delicious! I don’t eat apple sauce, I mean I didn’t eat apple sauce until I made this apple sauce. Oh WOW!

  4. Hey! Thanks for this recipe. Turned out great. I didn’t have any cinnimon to hand so I used pumpkin pie spice insead and it tastes AWESOME!

  5. I made this because I had some apples that weren’t getting eaten and a few pears.  This is delicious!  I can’t wait to make it again. 

  6. I made this last night and it is delicious just like every recipe I have made from this amazing blog.  No comparison to store bought applesauce!

  7. I’ve made four batches of this applesauce.  It is fantastic!  I leave it chunky and eat it for a low-point dessert.  

    Note: There is a slight error in the recipe; it calls for one tsp lemon juice, but nowhere in the recipe does it say to add it at any step.  Not a problem for an experienced cook, but you may want to update it for newer cooks.

  8. Did you add any water to the Instant Pot? Would love to make this to go with pork chops but don’t have 6 hours to slow cook.

  9. I will never buy applesauce from a store again!!! Love this….First time I’ve ever made applesauce, and love the ease of it…and the aroma….we gave a small taste to our dogs as well, and they loved it as well,, lol…planning on making a batch for them, but with honey instead of the brown sugar…..(can you tell, they are spoiled)

  10. All I can say is “wow”.  This applesauce is amazing.  I used 4 varieties as suggested and the flavor is amazing.  Next time I will triple the recipe and can it for gifts!!

  11. Could you make this in the instant pot? And if so how long will it take? I want to make this in my classroom to teach about how heat changes things. Thanks!

  12. I don’t have cinnamon sticks. How much ground cinnamon can I use as a substitute?

  13. I just made this recipe and I love it! Taste almost like the applesauce my mom use to make when she canned. So much better then store bought applesauce. I am definitely going to make this again in mass amounts. My kids just love it!

  14. Made this applesauce recipe last night. Used 8 different apples and did not add any augur. Cooked on stove top and reduced heat to lowest setting for two hours. Delicious!

  15. This came out delicious!  I used all organic ingredients- so much better than store bought applesauce. 

  16. This is by far the yummiest thing I’ve ever made with our crock pot!!! I absolutely loved the flavor of this warmed applesauce as a dessert and as a condiment sauce to some pork chops. So so freaking good! Thank you!!!

  17. This is a great recipe.  I just made it today and followed the recipe exactly as written.  It turned out great.  It was so easy to make and delicious to eat.  I will definitely be making this again.

  18. I left the peels on, and it still turned out fine (after pureeing). I skipped the sugar but added a couple of heaping teaspoons of blackstrap molasses. It turned out delicious. It tasted somewhere between applesauce and apple butter. Yum!

  19. Just made this recipe in my Instant Pot. Used the pressure cooker because I didn’t want to wait. Used Truvia brown sugar blend and otherwise followed the recipe. It was so easy and delicious, I was eating it still hot out of the pot. Didn’t use a blender, just a whisk. Too easy.

  20. Has anyone tried this in the Instant Pot?

    • I made it in the Instant Pot. I put the apples in a steamer basket and set it for 10 minutes and used a natural release. Came out so creamy.