Easy Crock Pot Applesauce Recipe
Sweet and tangy, this easy to make Crock Pot Applesauce recipe is better than anything you’d buy in a jar. Made with fresh apples, cider, spices and brown sugar….it’s a fall and winter staple in our house.
Note: This post was originally published on October 13, 2013. It has been updated with new photos and recipe modifications on September, 2019.
When I decided to leave my corporate job and stay home to take care of my family I had envisioned things a little differently than they actually turned out. I pictured myself fashionably dressed every day…perfect manicure…lunch with the ladies a couple of times a week…gourmet meals every night…and a flourishing blog.
Real life. Sometimes I am dressed in clothes that are current but there is always some type of unidentifiable stain or food product on my clothes. I had lunch with a friend the other week….the first time in a ridiculously long time. I cook often enough, but not always gourmet (sometimes frozen chicken nuggets) and I will confess to having pizza delivered last night.
But the one thing I do make from scratch is Homemade Applesauce because it’s not even really cooking….especially when you make it in the Crock Pot!
There’s something totally nostalgic to me when I dip my spoon into a bowl full of homemade applesauce. My friends mom used to can all the things when I was young and she had a spectacularly enviable garden. I remember thinking that I would have a garden like that when I grew up someday. I don’t. But that’s beside the point.
What I love most that she made was her Homemade Applesauce. She made her applesauce on the stovetop but this easy slow cooker applesauce is just as I remember her’s to be. Chunky, slightly spiced with cinnamon and totally super easy to make.
It’s the perfect thing to make when you end up with a ton of apples….like when you go apple picking and don’t have the heart to tell the kids to stop picking apples because the other option is to go home and listen to them play Minecraft for 47,000 more hours.
HOW TO MAKE CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE
This easy CrockPot Applesauce Recipe couldn’t be simpler to make. Most of the work is spend peeling and chopping apples but since they’re going to cook down significantly, they don’t have to be perfect and you can even leave a bit of the peel on the apple.
Add all the ingredients to the bottom of your slow cooker and stir to coat. Cook the apples in the slow cooker until the apples are softened and then mash them up with a potato masher. You can make your applesauce chunky or puree it with an immersion blender. EASY PEASY!
If you have an apple slicer you are very fancy and can whip up this Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce recipe in no time. I don’t own one and it would, literally, have shaved tons of time off the prep work.
But if you don’t have one it still doesn’t take that long to peel and slice the apples….plus, I find it kind of relaxing. Yeah…no I don’t. Buy an apple slicer, don’t be cheap like me.
THE BEST APPLES FOR APPLESAUCE
As far as applesauce goes, all apples are fair game! You can use all of one variety of apple or a medley….personally, I love to use HoneyCrisp for their sweet tartness but Gala, Pink Lady, Empires and Cortlands are fabulous, too. If you really like a bright and fresh flavor, throw in a couple Granny Smith apples and it’s like a party in your mouth.
INGREDIENTS FOR APPLESAUCE
The ingredients for CrockPot Applesauce are pretty simple to start. You can add whatever spices you like but I’m totally partial to fall flavors like nutmeg and cinnamon. You, also, can make a sugar-free applesauce because you don’t necessarily need to add sugar for the recipe to be successful. And if you have a sweeter variety of apple you can substitute the sugar with either less of it, no sugar at all or a bit of honey.
Here’s what you need:
- Brown Sugar
- Apple Cider
ADDITIONAL SPICES TO ADD TO CROCKPOT APPLESAUCE
While I really love Cinnamon and Nutmeg in my slow cooker applesauce recipe, you can add any of these for a fun twist on a traditional.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Mace (yes, MACE!)
- Ground Ginger
- Ground Cloves
Feel free to get creative and wild in the kitchen if you want!
HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE LAST
You can store your Crock Pot Applesauce in the refrigerator for up to 10 days in an airtight container. OR you can FREEZE your applesauce in a freezer safe container for up to three months. Great for stocking up for the winter or if you’re having a baby soon….this is a great homemade baby food recipe! My little guy loved it.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CROCK POT APPLESAUCE
Some of our FAVORITE things to serve with Crock Pot applesauce:
- Slow Cooker Oatmeal…so good stirred right in!
- Pork Chops...Peter Brady’s fave!
- Easy Rotisserie Chicken
- Oven Baked Chicken Breast
MORE EASY APPLE RECIPES
- Easy Apple Fritters
- Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
- Slow Cooker Apple Crisp
- Easy Apple Dumplings
- Homemade Candy Apples
Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce
- 8-10 large apples
- juice from 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Peel the apples and cut into 8 wedges. (or use the very handy apple slicer!)
- Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to coat the apples thoroughly. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 5 hours or until the apples are soft.
- When the apples have cooked, remove the lid and mash with a potato masher or fork until all the large chunks are broken up. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender if you like your applesauce pureed.
- Transfer the applesauce to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
- The applesauce can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.