Homemade applesauce doesn’t get any easier than this! Fill your Crock Pot with the season’s fresh produce and after a few hours of simmering you will have a sweet, healthy Slow Cooker Applesauce ready to enjoy. It’s a fall side dish, breakfast, or snack that my family adores!
My kids are total applesauce connoisseurs! They LOVE the stuff. We’ve sampled more than our fair share of farmer’s market sauces, store-bought jars, store-bought pouches, and homemade recipes. But you know what? This is by far their favorite, which works out well for me…because it’s so darn easy!
A couple of years ago I shared a recipe for Oven-Roasted Cinnamon Applesauce, which is definitely delicious. However, sometimes it’s nice to have a good, solid, standby recipe that requires very little effort and very little hands-on time. I often just don’t have the desire to deal with an oven when I’m running in a million different directions. That’s why this Slow Cooker Applesauce is so great!
Once the apples are peeled and sliced, the hard part is done. Just toss everything in the crock pot, cover, and go about your day. It helps to stir the pot every hour or two, but you definitely don’t need to be vigilant about this. I just give it a toss whenever I’m around and passing through the kitchen. Eight hours later, your house will smell amazing and you will have a lovely batch of chunky applesauce warm and ready to can or serve.
If chunky applesauce isn’t your thing, no problem. Just use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree the sauce until it reaches your desired consistency. Really, this couldn’t be easier! It’s the perfect side dish at any time of day, and it freezes perfectly. Enjoy!
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Slow Cooker Applesauce
- Apples peeled, cored, and sliced (I used 35 very small apples from a local orchard, but you should just use as many apples as you need to fill up your large crock pot. If you’re using very large apples, you might only need about 10-12)
- 1 Tablespoon sugar plus more to taste
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups water
- Place apples in bowl of slow cooker until full. Add sugar and cinnamon, stir. Pour water over apples and cover.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally. At the end of your cooking time, you should have a chunky applesauce in your pot. If your family prefers a very smooth consistency, just use an immersion blender to puree, or transfer applesauce to a large blender to puree until the sauce reaches desired consistency.
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