This delicious homemade Crock-Pot applesauce recipe is only three ingredients!
The first time I made this wonderful homemade applesauce, I thought it would be a long, laborious process involving smashing 25 apples by hand or something like that. I was OH so wrong.
My friend Cristina shared this easy Crock-Pot recipe with me years ago. When I asked how she made it, she was all, “Oh I just throw the apples in a pot with some cinnamon, it’s totally easy” and my mind was BLOWN.
I had no idea! So I did a little research and found she was totally right. (Not that I didn’t believe her of course.) You can make it even easier than I did — check out some of my tips later in the post.
Here’s the recipe I use in my Crock-Pot – I throw it all in and come home to applesauce.
Three ingredient homemade crockpot applesauce
Ten to 12 apples — peeled*, sliced, cored
1/2 cup sugar*
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The first step is the only one that takes time – peeling, coring and cutting up the apples.
This one is called the Peelota. Ha! I don’t think they’re made anymore, but this apple peeler is beautiful and will hold up even better than my plastic one.
You do NOT have to peel apples for applesauce! It will turn out just as delicious with peels intact.
I just cut the apples in half from the top. If you don’t have a peeler, you’ll want to slice them up or cut into large chunks.
What apples are best for applesauce?
Almost any apple is fine! It depends on your preference — sweet or tart?
- If you like tart apples go with a Granny Smith.
- I prefer sweeter sauce so always go with an apple like Jonathan, Fuji, Gala or Honeycrisp.
- Softer apples will cook up faster — varieties like Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Fuji will make the process go quicker.
- Mix two or three varieties in homemade applesauce for great flavor!
Red Delicious apples don’t heat well and will not turn out as well in applesauce.
I add a couple dashes of nutmeg too — YUM!
The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar, but I find you can use less and it’s just as delicious. You may not even want to add it — taste test the applesauce a couple hours in to see if you want to add some sweetness.
No need to stir while cooking — just pile them in, put the lid on and set the Crock-Pot to cook on high for four hours.
It is especially delicious warm right out of the slow cooker. It’s like a dessert really — have you ever heated up your applesauce?
Variations on this homemade applesauce recipe:
- Add more spices to give it a bit of a kick — clove, allspice and my nutmeg addition are all perfect.
- If it’s too watery for your taste, strain the juice and keep for apple cider. (Add brown sugar, cook for a few more hours and then strain.)
- Make this recipe much faster with a pressure cooker!
- If your kids like to “dip” their foods, try it with cinnamon graham crackers.
What to do with extra applesauce:
- If you let it keep cooking and add brown sugar, you’ll end up with apple butter!
- Eat with vanilla ice cream for a delicious dessert. 😋
- Pile on warm crepes or waffles.
- Use it to make donuts or apple bread (replace the pumpkin in this recipe with applesauce).
- Jar the applesauce for lovely fall or holiday gifts.
- Use it instead of apple slices in my amazing Mountain Dew apple dumplings!:
There you go – have I blown your mind? Or all you all, duh Sarah…it’s totally easy.
I really had no idea. Now go get some apples and cook it up! You will thank me. 🙂