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How to Make Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

Made with just four simple ingredients, this homemade slow cooker applesauce is so easy to make and will become a favorite fall treat!  

applesauce in mason jar with apple

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There’s something about fall…the beautiful colors, the warm and inviting scents, and of course, all of the delicious seasonal foods. In the fall, my menus begin to change. Our foods become a little warmer and more comforting.

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I am honored and excited to join an amazing group of bloggers for the “There’s No Place Like Home” Autumn Blog Hop, hosted by Rachelle from My Hubbard Home. If you are visiting from my friend Shelly’s blog, Calypso in the Country, welcome! Today we are sharing our favorite autumn recipes. Be sure to visit Jenna’s blog, The Painted Apron, next and check out all of the appetizing autumn recipes. I can’t wait to try them all!

Today I am sharing a tried and true recipe for homemade slow cooker applesauce. I have been making this scrumptious recipe for years…both at home and at school with my fourth graders.

This slow cooker applesauce is tasty, sweet, and smells heavenly when it’s cooking. This homemade treat may become one of your fall favorites too!

What ingredients do you need to make homemade applesauce?

To make this homemade applesauce, you need just 4 simple ingredients:

  • 8-10 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
sliced apples, sugar, water, and cinnamon in slowcooker

How to make homemade slow cooker applesauce:

  1. Peel, core, and slice 8-10 apples.
  2. Add apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon to your slow cooker and mix.
  3. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. When done cooking, use a potato masher to mash the apples. An immersion blender can also be used if a smoother consistency is desired.
cooked applesauce in slow cooker with potato masher

How many servings does this recipe make?

This recipe serves around 8-10. I usually figure one serving for each apple that I add. This simple recipe can easily be doubled.

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What kind of apples should you use to make applesauce?

Traditionally, Granny Smith or tart apples are usually used for cooking. Every time I have made this applesauce, I have used a combination of different types of apples. I think the variety of flavors is what makes it so delicious!

applesauce in mason jar with apple and cinnamon stick

How long does it take slow cooker applesauce to cook?

Cook the applesauce in the slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6 hours.

Can you can and preserve applesauce?

I have made and canned blueberry jam,  but I never have canned applesauce before. This year I am going to try. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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This is one of my favorite recipes and I love sharing it with my home family and my work family too. It is so easy to make and tastes like we’re taking a bite of fall!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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applesauce in mason jar with apple and cinnamon stick

How to Make Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

Made with just four simple ingredients, this homemade slow cooker applesauce is so easy to make and will become a favorite fall treat!  
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert, Side Dish, Snack

Equipment

  • 1 slow cooker
  • 1 potato masher or immersion blender

Ingredients
  

  • 8-10 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Peel, core, and slice 8-10 apples.
  • Add apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon to your slow cooker and mix.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  • When done cooking, use a potato masher to mash the apples. An immersion blender can also be used if a smoother consistency is desired.

Notes

This recipe serves around 8-10. I usually figure one serving for each apple that I add.  This simple recipe can easily be doubled.
Cook the applesauce in the slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6 hours.
Keyword applesauce, slow cooker applesauce

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18 Comments

  1. Lynne, I have apples ripening on a tree, just begging to be made in to apple sauce! Your slow cooker method is a welcome addition to my list of apple recipes. I really like that you recommend mashing them to give it more texture. I’ve alway frozen applesauce in the past, but canned apple butter. I will need to look at the book on preserving to see what they say about canning applesauce.
    Thank you for a great family friendly recipe and for joining in on the hop!
    Hugs,
    Rachelle

  2. What a treat to have homemade applesauce! I’ve never made applesauce, your recipe sounds so easy and wonderful, thank you for sharing it and the tips to make it Lynne!

  3. You had me at “4 simple ingredients”! There’s nothing like a delicious recipe that’s easy to make as well! This looks perfect for fall! Thanks for sharing!
    Shelley

  4. Wow – what an easy way to make applesauce! I love this recipe with just a few ingredients, and I’m going to try it asap! Thanks for the brilliant idea! I bet your students loved it too – it would be so wonderful to go into a classroom that smelled as wonderful as I imagine this did! 😉

    So nice hopping with you! Take care and Happy Fall!

  5. What a great way to take advantage of the fall apple harvest. My area of Virginia is filled with orchards and I love getting fresh apples to eat and to use for recipes. I can’t wait to try this and to have my house smell good!

    PS – I know your students love doing this with you at school.

  6. Lynne, I can’t believe I’ve never made applesauce. This look so easy and delicious. I’m sure the family will go nuts over it. Pinning to make ASAP!

  7. Lynne, I’ve never made applesauce, but I might just try to find my old crockpot for this recipe. Would go reallyl well with pork. Thanks for the idea and the recipe.

  8. I can’t wait to get my hands on some fresh picked apples so I can make this! I know my grandkids would love me to make them some homemade applesauce! So fun to be in this blog hop with you!
    Hugs,
    Karin

  9. Lynne, you did a beautiful job with this recipe! I love that you make this with your 4th grade kids, too. I’ll bet you’re an awesome teacher! I’m going to try this with my boys and see how they like it. They love helping me in the kitchen, and I’m sure this is going to put the grocery store version of applesauce to shame! 😉

  10. Looks like a great recipe, I wish I was near an apple orchard. I might just try this with store bought apples. I know just the smell alone that fills the house when this is cooking is amazing.

    Pinning for later

  11. This looks so tasty! I know my daughter would especially love this. Pinning!

  12. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I need to try this. One of my daughters loves applesauce! Not to mention it will make my home smell great!

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