Slow Cooker Applesauce

by Kelli on October 11, 2013

 Bust our your slow cooker for the easiest, most delicious applesauce you will ever make!

This Slow Cooker Applesauce is the easiest, most delicious thing you will make all fall!

Well, I finally managed to put a dent in my apple haul from the other weekend!  As much as I’ve loved having a giant bowl of apples taking up space in the kitchen, it felt like a race trying to make my way through them before they got mealy and soft.  Mealy apples are the worst….firm, crisp and slightly tart is where it’s at!

I made apple turnovers and a few apple crisps and there’s a pie on the way, but it wasn’t until this applesauce, that my freshly picked fruit supply really dwindled.

I used to hate, no, no, scratch that, I used to detest peeling apples.  I’m not trying to be dramatic.  It’s true.  It wasn’t just specific to apples, I hated peeling all produce.  I just had a crappy peeler.  Like a really, really crappy peeler.  Clearly this is a simply problem to fix….assuming you’re not lazy.

This peeler changed my life!  Small change >> big difference.  Follow my lead, buy a 3-pack…you’ll thank me later.

Bust out your slow cooker! Making Applesauce just got a whole lot easier!

What’s not to like about applesauce that involves no more prep than peeling and slicing apples?!  The slow cooker does all the work for you!

Mix your sliced apples, cinnamon stick, lemon juice, brown sugar and water in the bowl of your slow cooker, turn it on high and walk away, go do what you do, for five hours.  Maybe give your sauce a stir once or twice if you can…I like to do this just so I can sneak a taste.

If you’re a chunky applesauce lover like me, your applesauce-making is complete.  If a smooth sauce is more your style, get out your immersion blender or puree the applesauce in a standard blender.

Bust out your slow cooker! Making Applesauce just got a whole lot easier!

I used two cinnamon sticks when I made applesauce….don’t follow my lead on this.  I think one cinnamon stick (as noted in the recipe) is perfect for this recipe, although L really liked the extra cinnamon punch.

As the apples break down and reduce, the flavors and spice become more concentrated and potent.  A little bit of cinnamon can go a long way here.

Also, if you don’t have any cinnamon sticks, don’t sweat it, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon will work just as well.

Bust out your slow cooker! Making Applesauce just got a whole lot easier!

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Yield: Makes 4-5 cups


  • 12 medium apples
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


Peel, core and thinly slice the apples.

Mix the apples, lemon juice, water, cinnamon stick and brown sugar in the bowl of a slow cooker (crock pot).

Cook on high for 5 hours.

For chunky applesauce, leave as is. For smooth applesauce, puree with an immersion blender or add to a standard blender and puree, working in batches if necessary.

Cool and store applesauce in the refrigerator.

Bust out your slow cooker! Making Applesauce just got a whole lot easier!


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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy @ Elephant Eats October 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Oh my gosh, I HATE mealy apples (or peaches). Such a good idea to turn what you can’t use into applesauce. Homecooked applesauce really is the best and yours looks so delicious!!! I hate peeling apples too, so I actually make mine with the peels on- I just cut the apples into about 1/8ths. The peels soften and shrink and actually make it super delicious and you get some yummy texture (I like my sauce chunky too!)


Kelli October 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Thanks, Amy! I’m planning to leave the peels on the next time I make this.


Carrian October 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

This looks amazing! Like, now I have to go buy some apples because I am craving this applesauce!


Kelli October 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM I see applesauce in your weekend!


steph@stephsbitebybite October 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I have been seeing crockpot applesauce everywhere all the sudden! I need to get down to business and make me some of this…and now that I can feed it to Logan, even better!!


Kelli October 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Especially having (a super cute!) little one, you’re going to love how easy and hands off this is to make!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough October 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Lovelovelove how simple this is! I could live on chunky applesauce, no joke, but homemade and in the slow cooker? Sounds even better. :)


Kelli October 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Thanks, friend! Homemade is always the best!


Olena@iFOODreal October 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Love this! Next time try to leave the peels on. I never notice them in an apple sauce. Honestly.


Kelli October 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Thanks for the tip, I’ll definitely give it a try!


Joanne October 12, 2013 at 6:31 AM

I have a good peeler…but I still hate peeling apples. Or anything. I just want them to be peeled when I need them to be! :P This applesauce is deelicious! Homemade is the best!


Kelli October 14, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Hahaha, I’m totally with you!


Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life October 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Homemade applesauce is so much better than store bought!! This looks so delish!!


Kelli October 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Yes, homemade is always the best….and especially when the slow cooker does all the work :)


Abby October 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Just put this in the slow cooker! 5 hours can’t go by soon enough. And I bet the house is going to smell incredible!


Kelli October 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Yum, I wish I was in your kitchen while this was cooking….and of course, once it came out of the slow cooker! Enjoy, Abby!


Patrick April 16, 2014 at 12:23 AM


Can you use caster suger instead of brown.


Kelli April 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I don’t see why not. With that said, though, I have never tried it. Enjoy, Patrick!


Elizabeth October 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

This is currently simmering in my crockpot and the whole house smells delicious. I’ve had a few bites and all I can say is wow. To speed the process, I left the skins on the apples and it’s not a problem. This brings me back to the 70s when I made applesauce with my mom but what a headache that was. I think we even bought special equipment to mash the apples. The best reward of all is my daughter who opened the lid and pulled out a bite because it smells so good. Thank you!


Kelli October 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I love the way this makes the house smell! I actually made a batch of this the other day, and with the skins on this time, as well. Thanks, Elizabeth!


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