Crockpot applesauce is a delicious way to make your own homemade healthy applesauce from scratch. With just a few ingredients and a little time, you can have your own applesauce that’s completely customizable!
Making applesauce in the slow cooker is a great way to use up those apples in the house and to make your applesauce as sweet, spiced, or natural as you want. It’s really not hard to do either! With just minimal steps, the hardest part is actually waiting for the apples to cook.
If you have little to no patience making slow cooked applesauce, you can always consider making it before you go to bed and letting it cook on low all night. Then you wake up to a pot that’s ready to eat!
Homemade apple sauce in my opinion is a million times better than anything you could buy at the store. It’s so delicious it may even ruin the idea of buying storebought -forever.
Also, I highly recommend an Apple Peeler, Corer and Slicer. These little gadgets shave about a zillion hours off the process of peeling, coring and slicing even 13 apples, never mind the sink full I had to work with.
What apples are best for making applesauce?
I used golden delicious apples because it’s what the trees were producing, but you can use almost any apple of choice. Using a McIntosh apple is also a great idea, but doing a combination of apples can give a great depth of flavors!
Can you overcook applesauce?
You can and you can’t. Apple sauce can’t get too overcooked but it can lose flavor and become burnt if you cook out all of the moisture. By using your slow cooker you’re unlikely to burn it unless you cook it for far longer than the recommended time. Unfortunately, the longer you cook your apples, the less apple flavor they will have so it will taste bland. But again, you have to really be trying hard to overcook the applesauce to get to this point.
Homemade Apple Sauce Ingredients
-About 12-13 medium sized apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
-1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
-lemon juice in water (to prevent apple browning)
How to Make Crockpot Applesauce
Get out your crockpot and turn it on to high to start warming it up. Keep the lid on so it warms up faster.
Wash and prepare the apples.
After the apples have been peeled, sliced and cored, submerge the apples in a bowl of water with a few tablespoons of lemon juice added.
Add your apples to the warm crockpot and then sprinkle with cinnamon on top.
Stir a bit to combine.
You can cook on high for 3-4 hours, on medium for 5-6 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
When they’re done, mash to desired consistency using a potato masher.
You can also use a handheld immersion blender to blend up the applesauce too.
I used 13 medium apples and it yielded 48 oz of sauce. Being as it has no sugar to aid in preservation, you’ll need to store it in the fridge and plan on eating it within a few days.
It freezes well too!
- 12-13 medium sized apples peeled, cored, chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- lemon juice in water
- Heat your crockpot to high to get it warmed up. Leave lid on.
- Wash and prepare your apples.
- Soak apples in lemon juice water to prevent browning *optional.
- Drain apples, and add to crockpot.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top and stir to combine.
- Place lid on crockpot and cook.
- You can cook on high for 3-4 hours, on medium for 5-6 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
- Mash to desired consistency and serve.
Why is my applesauce watery?
Apples naturally have a lot of water in them and as they cook down in a covered crockpot, that water will pool up around the cooked mushy apples. If you want your applesauce thicker, turn the lid askew so that it’s sideways. Continue cooking your apples or about an hour and then stir. With the lid turned, more water can evaporate and leave the applesauce making it thicker without any added ingredients.
Is applesauce as healthy as an apple?
Applesauce is pretty healthy as long as you don’t add in too much sugars. There’s fiber and vitamin C present just like in a fresh apple, not to mention the low calories and that it’s fat free.
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Tasty slow cooker applesauce is going to change the way you think about applesauce. With just a few hours and 2 ingredients you can have tons of applesauce made hot and fresh in your own home. You’ll never want to buy it premade again!
Gina Baker says
My husband loves applesauce, but I do have to comment on the apple peeler/ corer/ slicer. It is seriously one of the best inventions ever.
When my kids were toddlers, 20 some years ago, my Mom would make homemade applesauce for them. After they tasted it, they would no longer eat commercial applesauce. Mom would use Stayman winesap apples, not peeled, chopped into chunks. Boil in the usual way with s bit of sugar. Then process through a manual food mill. It made pink applesauce. So good. We would freeze it in baby food jars.