One of my new favorite things to do is to make homemade applesauce in my crockpot. Since I learned how easy it was to make at home, I’ve made it numerous times and we all love it!
My recipe (if you can call it that!) works great. Homemade crockpot applesauce is so much more tasty, plus it’s super easy to make, that I don’t think I will ever buy jarred applesauce again.
My kids eat this applesauce with their breakfasts, or as an afternoon snack. Sometimes I even put it in their lunch boxes for school as a side to their sandwich or chicken nuggets.
It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for several days in a covered container.
What apples do you use for applesauce?
I usually get apples for my applesauce from the local grocery store’s clearance rack. They usually have a few bruises on them, but it’s not a big deal since you have to peel them anyway.
Because I buy my store’s marked down apples, I’m never sure which kind will be on the clearance rack. But every variety I’ve tried has made great applesauce: Granny Smith, Jonagold, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Fuji.
The best part about applesauce making is that because the apples are marked down in price, it makes the applesauce very inexpensive.
How to make homemade applesauce in the slow cooker
This has got to be one of the easiest slow cooker recipes ever. All you have to do is peel and chop the apples, sprinkle on some cinnamon, then set and forget.
First, peel your apples and cut out the cores. Then chop them into large chunks…I can get about 12 pieces from one large apple.
Throw them into your crockpot and turn the heat to low.
Next, sprinkle the top of the apples with any spice that you like.
I have made this applesauce with plain cinnamon, apple pie spice, and even pumpkin pie spice (since I had a lot leftover from pumpkin season 🙂 ). Plain cinnamon is probably my favorite.
You don’t have to measure this….just sprinkle it on until you have a pretty good layer. If I had to guess-timate, I would say that it would measure about 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons.
Cover the crockpot and cook on low for about 4-5 hours, until the apples are very soft.
I do not add any liquid, although you could if you wanted. I like my applesauce thick and chunky, and I find that the apples exude just the right amount of juice on their own. Stir the apples a couple of times while they are cooking.
When the apples are done, I stir the sauce very well to break up any remaining big chunks. I also use my potato masher sometimes if the spoon doesn’t work (Granny Smith apples tend to hold their shape pretty well and need help to mash).
I then add my sugar to the applesauce….again, I never measure. I pour some in, taste the mixture, and then add more if needed.
And that’s all there is to it! Super easy and cheap 🙂 My kids will eat this in 2 days…it really is a lot healthier than the store-bought…and yummier too 🙂
- 4-5 pounds apples peeled and chopped into large pieces
- 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
- Sugar to taste
- Place chopped and peeled apples into the crockpot and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours, or until apples have cooked down, stirring every hour or so.
- Mash the apples with a potato masher or with the back of a wooden spoon.
- Add sugar to taste.
- Serve warm or cold from the refrigerator.