Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot applesauce is  now on my list of fall recipes that I am going to make every year.

 Why have I been buying it at the stores all of these years?!

This was my first time making it in the crockpot and now I won’t make it any other way. Anything I can throw in a crockpot, go about my day and in 4 or 5 hours eat–is a winner in my book! Added bonus-sugar free recipe!

In the past I always bought applesauce at the store and never took the time to make my own. With a toddler I buy more of it than I used to and decided that this fall I was going to start making my own.  (not to mention it is healthier & you can support your local farmers and buy your apples locally). It is so simple. I am mad at myself for not doing it sooner!

5 ingredients is all you need {1/4 cup water, 1/2 lemon juiced, 4 apples, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon}

Start by washing, peeling, coring and slicing four apples and then throw them in the crockpot.

Next add the 1/2 juiced lemon, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 cup water into the crockpot.


Stir and set the crockpot on high for 4-5 hours.  Once the apples are done cooking you can stir them up and they should mash up (we like our applesauce a little chunkier). You can also use a potato masher, hand blender..whatever you have.

I put some of the applesauce in a jar and put it in the refrigerator but of course had to try a little while it was still warm….it tasted like warm apple pie minus the crust. So good!

I can only imagine how amazing this would be on top of a bowl of ice cream and some granola. That’s a must try and so is this recipe!

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Crockpot Applesauce

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Serves: 4-5

Easy to make and easy to eat! This crockpot applesauce is a must try for fall and your kids are going to love it too.
  • 4 apples (you pick the kind)
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Peel, core and slice the apples and put them in the crockpot.
  2. Juice the lemon and add that to the apples and then add the cinnamon, vanilla and water. Stir everything together.
  3. Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
  4. Stir to mash or use a potato masher until you reach desired consistency.
  5. Put into jar, can or other container and refrigerate (don't forget to try a little when it is warm!).
Use whatever apples you prefer to make this applesauce. I recommend Empire, Pink Lady, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Mcintosh or Rome. If you like your apples to have more of a cinnamon flavor that add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon instead of ¼. I was going for more of a subtle cinnamon flavor.

Slightly adapted from Real Mom Nutrition

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    • A Cedar Spoon says

      Thanks! It is really an easy recipe. I can’t wait to try different ways of making it (in the crockpot of course!). :)

    • says

      I made apple butter a cloupe of weekends ago in the crock pot. It was my first time. It was unbelievable. The smell in the house was amazing. The recipe I used made five medium jars full. We canned four of the jars. We have already popped open one of the canned jars. I guess it won’t last as long as I thought. It will be fun to make again. It is super easy and the smell is better than any fragrance on the market.

  1. says

    Julia – My grandmother makes freezable containers of homemade applesauce for my family each season. My grandmother is 85, so I think it is time for me to learn how to make applesauce so I can carry on the tradition.

    One note – I encourage you to consider using organic apples, as apples rank #1 on the Dirty Dozen list of foods with the most pesticides.
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    • A Cedar Spoon says

      Tonya-That is so nice that your Grandma does that for your family. I bet it is delicious and extra special because it comes from her.

      I think after making this applesauce you will find it really easy (if you have a slow cooker). I know there are other ways to make applesauce as well, I just figured this would be a quick and easy way to make it during a busy week.

      Thanks for the tip on using organic apples. I try to buy organic apples as much as possible and follow the dirty dozen list. This is a good reminder that they are #1 on the list. Scary! I am adding it to my list of things I only buy organic.

      Thanks for stopping by, Julia


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