crock pot applesauce

I know that apples are almost past their prime, but I wanted to share one of my favorite easy apple recipes. I love the taste of homemade applesauce and I just love the simplicity of making it in a slow-cooker.

Other than peeling and dicing, this takes almost no effort and produces delicious applesauce. This is the most basic recipe. You can stir in a bit of cinnamon sugar, a pinch of ginger, some nutmeg, or even cardamom and vanilla to make it your own.

I used Golden Delicious apples for this recipe, though you can certainly use another variety if you like. I don’t usually choose apples that I use for pie. For pies, I tend to choose the apples that hold their structure well. I want the exact opposite for applesauce–something that turns, well, mushy when cooked.

I only used a potato masher for this applesauce and thought the texture was perfect, but if you prefer something more smooth, feel free to blitz it in a food processor or blender. Also, if you can’t eat it all in about a week, it freezes very well. Enjoy!


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Crock Pot Applesauce


  • 1012 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1” dice
  • 3/41c apple cider


  1. Place apples and 3/4c cider in a slow-cooker. Cover, and cook 3 1/2-4 hours on high. Mash with a potato masher. For smoother applesauce, pulse in a food processor or blender in batches until smooth. Add additional cider to thin out if necessary.


Makes 1 – 1 1/2 quarts applesauce



  1. I bought 50 lbs. of assorted apples (fuji, golden, gala, pink) last week and have been searching for healthy ways of dealing with them. Last night I made this recipe. I just juiced a few apples for the cider part, added cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla, put it all in the crock pot on low all night, and this morning (after I lightly chopped it with my spatula) I had the most delicious topping for mueseli you’ve ever seen! I am thinking it would be simply divine spooned over vanilla ice cream (it is all syrupy and warm and cinnamony….oh my). It tastes like apple pie filling – only better. The best part? It is completely (processed)sugar free! Thank you, once again, for a wonderful idea!

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