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Crockpot Applesauce is an easy homemade applesauce recipe with cinnamon. The kids LOVE this recipe and it’s fun to make right in the slow cooker. We look forward to making this every fall!
School starts soon which means that it’s almost September and fall and apple season!! Guys, this is my FAVORITE season of the year. (I’d like it even more if I lived in a city where it felt like fall before November 1.)
Apple picking is our favorite fall thing to do. We usually do it in early October because by then, up in the foothills, it’s not so darn hot (it’ll be 90s in the valley here until Halloween). We head up to Apple Hill and have a circuit we do every year: doughnuts, apple picking, picnic lunch, fudge. Each year I wonder how the apple crop will be (sometimes it’s nonexistent) and I have too much fun picking buckets of apples. When we get home I start brainstorming all the apple recipes I’m going to make like apple pie, apple crumb bars, apple cobbler and apple fritters.
One thing is always constant about our apple picking trips: Jordan begs me to make crockpot applesauce. I’ve been making this recipe as long as I can remember and she absolutely loves it warm straight from the slow cooker.
Crockpot applesauce is easy and a great way to use up extra apples or apples with peels. Kids LOVE homemade applesauce!
You only need a few ingredients to make crockpot applesauce:
- Patience, which children do not have!
My most favorite thing about making applesauce in a crockpot is how it makes my house smell: like cinnamon and fall. After a few hours cooking the entire house smells like it’s time to carve pumpkins and cook up a turkey and I love it; it gets me in the mood for the season.
What kind of apples are best for making applesauce?
Honestly, I say go with what you like. However, I love using Fuji or Gala or any sort of apple that has that mottled red/yellow color. Golden Delicious, Melrose, Honeycrisp and McIntosh are always good too.
I don’t even know what kind of apples I used in this post: the ones in the photos are from our last apple picking adventure last fall. I picked them straight from Denver Dans in Apple Hill!
Do you have to peel apples for applesauce?
No, you don’t! Peel them or not, your choice. Once you blend them up you won’t know if there are peels inside!
- If you don’t peel your apples be sure to blend the applesauce to a thinner consistency.
- If you want a chunkier applesauce I recommend peeling the apples.
Homemade cinnamon applesauce is good because you get to control the sugar. You’ll notice this recipe only has 1 tablespoon of sugar! I don’t add a ton because the apples are so sweet. However, you can add more sugar if you want or you can make crockpot applesauce with brown sugar.
Making crockpot applesauce is easier than stovetop applesauce!
You can make applesauce on the stovetop but the slow cooker is easier: it’s set it and forget it. If you don’t want to babysit your applesauce while you’re cooking it, then do it in the crockpot!
One of the reasons I love homemade applesauce is because I get to control not only the sugar but how chunky it is. You can either mash the soft apples with a potato masher for chunky applesauce or use a blender or hand blender for smooth!
Applesauce is delicious warm straight out of the crockpot with a spoon. We also love it on ice cream!
Next time you have a bunch of extra apples, make yourself an easy crockpot applesauce to make yourself feel like it’s fall!
Other ways to use up extra apples:
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For the crock pot applesauce:
- 8 apples — Fuji, Gala or your favorite
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
Peel, core and slice the apples. Note: you CAN leave the peels on if you want.
Place apples in a crock pot. Mix water, cinnamon, and sugar in a measuring cup and pour over apples. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, until the apples are translucent. Mash with a potato masher or place in a blender or food processor to blend with no lumps.
- Applesauce can be stored in a tupperware in the refrigerator for several days, or frozen for future use.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 81, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 156mg, Carbohydrates: 21g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 16g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 80%, Vitamin C: 6.7%, Calcium: 11%, Iron: 0.2%
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