Skip the jar and make a batch of this Crockpot Applesauce at home. Slow cooker applesauce is so easy to make and surprisingly delicious.
homemade applesauce is easier to make than you might think!
At first I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it to make applesauce at home when its so affordable in a jar, but then I tried it and I was SO impressed. Not only is this crockpot applesauce recipe incredibly easy, its also insanely delicious.
When I had my first bite I was shocked that it was so good. This slow cooker applesauce is made with just a few simple ingredients and zero added sugar.
If you go apple picking in the fall, this is the perfect way to use up all those delicious and ripe apples. You can use any kind of apples you like and you can even freeze the extra applesauce for up to 3 months!
- Vegetable peeler and sharp knife – it may be useful to have one of these for peeling and coring apples quickly
- Cutting board
- Measuring spoons
- Immersion blender or regular blender
How to serve
Applesauce is a delicious addition to any breakfast. It is great to serve with something savory like eggs or as a dipping sauce with pancakes or waffles.
I like to use this homemade crockpot applesauce in my applesauce muffin recipe. They are so good on their own, but even better when made with a homemade applesauce.
A classic combination is pork chops and applesauce. Serve this homemade applesauce alongside my air fryer pork tenderloin recipe.
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
- Lemon juice
What kind of apples are best for applesauce?
The best part about this slow cooker applesauce recipe is that you can truly use any variety of apple to make it! That said, there are some types of apples that are better for applesauce than others.
I prefer applesauce that is nice and sweet. For that reason I usually use honey crisp apples.
If you want an applesauce that is sweet and slightly tart you could use a mix of granny smith apples and honey crisp apples.
How to make Crockpot Applesauce
Step 1: Prepare the applesauce
To begin, peel and core the apples. You might want to use something like an apple peeler, corer, slicer to make this process easier.
Then, roughly chop the apples into cubes.
Step 2: Mix ingredients and slow cook
Next, place the apples in the crockpot along with the water, vanilla extract, cinnamon, lemon juice and salt. Then, stir all ingredients together to combine.
Close the lid and set the crockpot to low heat. Cook for 6 hours on low heat.
Step 3: blend applesauce
Then, turn the crockpot off. Blend with an immersion blender right in the crockpot OR carefully transfer to a regular blender and blend.
Finally, transfer the applesauce to a bowl or container and allow to cool completely. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Storage and freezing
Allow the applesauce to cool completely then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 7 days. Store for longer in the freezer
This slow cooker applesauce freezes really well. Freeze in airtight container for up to 3 months. I like to store them in individual portions using souper cubes.
Check out these other delicious fall side dishes
- Kale Cranberry Quinoa Salad
- Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
- Lemon Kale Caesar Salad
- Maple Cinnamon Roasted Kabocha Squash
You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
- 3lb bag of apples – any variety you like
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- Peel and core the apples. Roughly chop the apples into cubes.
- Add apples to the crockpot along with the water, vanilla extract, cinnamon, lemon juice and salt.
- Stir all ingredients together to combine. Close the lid and set crockpot to low. Cook for 6 hours on low.
- Turn crockpot off. Blend with an immersion blender right in the crockpot OR carefully transfer to a regular blender and blend.
- Transfer to a container and allow to cool completely. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
- I like to use honey crisp apples for this, but you can use any kind you like or a blend of multiple kinds.
- You can omit the salt if you would like to
- You can double the amount of cinnamon