Recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

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Recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

Apples are plentiful this time of year, so take advantage of picking at your local farms and shopping grocery store sales.  Check out this easy recipe for Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker for a healthy and budget friendly treat.  I love recipes that I can set and walk away!

Bonus – your house will smell amazing all day :)


15 – 25 Apples Peeled, Cored and Sliced*
3/4 Cup Water
1 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Cinnamon Stick (optional)**
1/4 – 1/2 Cup Sugar (optional)

*Number of apples will be dependent on size of apples.
**You could substitute 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon for the Cinnamon Stick or eliminate

Core Apples


  1. Put all ingredients into slow cooker except for the sugar.  I like to wait until after cooking to see if the applesauce needs added sugar.  If you purchase sweeter apples, you may not even need to add sugar as it will be naturally sweet.  If you have tart apples such as Granny Smith, you will likely need to add a bit of sugar.
  2. Slow Cooker should be about 3/4 full.

crock pot apple sauce

  1. Cook on low about 6 hours.  If you’re not using an Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer, you will need to increase your cooking time to accomidate chunky apple pieces.
  2. Remove and discard cinnamon stick.
  3. Mash with a potato masher for chunkier applesauce or blend for a smoother applesauce.

This will last in the refrigerator for about a week.

Note:  If you have a small slow cooker, use 6 -10 apples and reduce water to about 1/2 cup.

Homemade Applesauce Recipe

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Make sure to also see my Apple Pie Recipe with Homemade Pie Crust!



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