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Homemade Crockpot Applesauce is incredibly easy to make in your slow cooker and only needs 5 basic ingredients. Look forward to apple season with this tasty treat.
Is apple picking one of your fall traditions? Crockpot applesauce is a delicious way to use your apple picking spoils.
This yummy applesauce can be enjoyed any time of day, from making it part of your breakfast to eating it as a simple dessert after dinner. Light and fruity, crockpot applesauce tastes amazing when it's warm or chilled.
Celebrate fall, and all its fabulous flavors, by making homemade cinnamon applesauce. Enjoy a serving with a mug of pumpkin spice latte, another favorite fall flavor. You can even sprinkle some extra ground cinnamon over the top to make it feel extra fancy.
Crockpot Applesauce Ingredients
- Applies - large apples of any variety, I used Gala and Granny Smith
- Lemon juice
- Cinnamon sticks
- Sugar - optional to taste
You can use any variety of apples you wish to make your homemade slow cooker applesauce including Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, and Granny Smith. Tart apples, like Granny Smith apples, work well when you mix them with a sweeter apple such as Fuji apples or Mcintosh apples to balance out the flavor. Some apples, such as Red Delicious or Golden Delicious, don’t have as much flavor on their own so it is best to mix them with another variety.
Granulated sugar can be added so that you can sweeten it to your particular tastes. While the sugar can be added during cooking or stirred in after the applesauce is cooked, we would recommend you wait until the applesauce has finished cooking before deciding if it isn't sweet enough.
To give your applesauce a smoother consistency you’ll want to peel the apples before cooking. Be sure not to overcook your applesauce, or the apples will start to lose their flavor.
How to Make Crockpot Applesauce
FIRST STEP: Remove cores (and peels, if desired) and cut apples into 1-inch pieces.
SECOND STEP: Place apples in a crockpot. Add lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, and water.
THIRD STEP: Cook on HIGH for 3 hours, stirring once or twice, if desired. (Stirring is not necessary).
FOURTH STEP: Use a potato masher or immersion blender to break down cooked apples into the desired texture for the applesauce. A blender will break down the peels quite a bit, but not fully. For a completely pureed applesauce, peel the apples before cooking.
What flavors can I add to my applesauce?
Add fresh or frozen berries, such as cranberries or strawberries, to the applesauce to turn this easy recipe into cranberry applesauce, strawberry applesauce, or mixed berry applesauce.
Do I need to add sugar to this applesauce?
Sugar can be added to your taste preference, but if you prefer unsweetened applesauce, you don’t need to add any sugar at all. While the lemon juice adds a little punch to the applesauce, it can also be omitted for sweeter applesauce.
Can this applesauce be frozen?
This applesauce freezes beautifully. Store in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Freeze in portion-sized containers and pop one out for a yummy snack or breakfast as needed.
How to Store Crockpot Applesauce
IN THE FRIDGE: Store crockpot cinnamon applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
IN THE FREEZER: Freeze applesauce in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
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- 3 pounds apples approximately 6 to 7 large (any variety I used Gala and Granny Smith)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ½ cup water
- sugar (optional to taste)
- Remove cores (and peels, if desired) and cut apples into 1-inch pieces.
- Place apples in a crockpot. Add lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, and water.
- Cook on HIGH for 3 hours, stirring once or twice, if desired. (Stirring is not necessary).
- Use a potato masher or immersion blender to break down cooked apples into the desired texture for the applesauce. A blender will break down the peels quite a bit, but not fully. For a completely pureed applesauce, peel the apples before cooking.