Make your own crockpot applesauce and you’ll never have to buy storebought again. Made with just 4 or 5 ingredients this recipe comes together easily and the results are fantastic.
Sweet, spiced, and everything nice this easy crockpot applesauce recipe is made without refined sugars, making it a healthier choice that everyone can enjoy.
You are going to love this slow cooker applesauce recipe. It’s such a simple and easy recipe to throw together and the only hard part is having patience for a few hours as it cooks down into the perfect consistency.
But it’s a labor of love to wait and you’re going to love this crockpot cinnamon applesauce for any occasion. Serve it up as a breakfast, snack, or use it in baked goods like in my Healthy Smash Cake Recipe.
Homemade Crockpot Applesauce
Applesauce, by definition, is apples that are cooked and stewed to a pulp which is exactly what we are doing here today.
Simply cooking down some apples and turning them from a solid fruit into a chunky liquid mixture. Making homemade applesauce in the crockpot is the easiest method to do this because it’s as simple as setting it and forgetting it, which is a shorthand way of saying that you just toss everything together in the crockpot and let it do its magic.
In a few hours, you’ll return to a bowl of spiced applesauce ready to devour. For a creamier experience, you can use an immersion blender to break down any remaining chunks.
Ingredients you’ll need for applesauce
- Gala apples
- Mcintosh apples
- Maple syrup
- Cinnamon sticks — or 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Crock Pot Applesauce
Peel and core your apples before chopping them all into chunks.
Place the apple pieces into the crock pot.
Drizzle the maple syrup over the top of the apples.
Pour in the water.
Top with cinnamon sticks.
Cover the crock pot and then cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours or until the apples are very soft.
Use an immersion blender to blend the cooked apples to your desired consistency.
You can omit the maple syrup in this recipe for sugar-free slow cooker applesauce if desired. Alternatively, you can simply replace the maple syrup with any other type of sweetener or sugar such as honey, agave, Splenda, or granulated sugar.
I left my sauce a little on the chunkier side (because that’s how I like it) but you are welcome to blend it as smooth as you like.
If you don’t want your applesauce to be cinnamon-spiced, simply omit the cinnamon.
What type of apples can I use to make applesauce?
You can use any type of apples to do this but I recommend sticking with the baking apples because they will give you the nicest texture and not feel gritty or grainy. I personally enjoy the combination of Gala and McIntosh because it gives a nice blend of sweet and sour. You can use all of one type of apple or add in more apple variety if desired.
How to blend applesauce without an immersion blender
You can blend up your apples after they have cooked by simply mashing the apples with a potato masher if needed but simpler methods include using an electric mixer, blender, or food processor to help reduce the amount of physical effort needed. It shouldn’t take too long to mash up the apples though as they will already be falling apart after a long cooking process.
How long is homemade applesauce good for?
You can store this applesauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one or two weeks, giving you plenty of time to use it up but if you need a longer storage solution you can freeze your applesauce for later. Place the cooled applesauce in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months before thawing and eating. This applesauce recipe cannot be used for long-term canning as it is not tested and approved for canning.
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