Crockpot applesauce!! It’s so easy it’s stupid. I grew up in a community with a ton of apple orchards. I’m both an apple snob and an apple connoisseur. And I love all things apple – always have, always will. This is my very favorite recipe to make with apples when you want something warm and cinnamony (is that a word?). My kids were in love with those apple squeezer thingies, but they just felt like a big waste. So we whip up a batch of this applesauce and and use reusable pouches instead.
Perhaps the very best thing about making applesauce in crockpot is that your house SMELLS LIKE FALL! It’s wonderful!
Want to try making it? Let’s do it.
Crockpot Applesauce – The Recipe
Four ingredients! Can you believe it? I don’t even add sugar or other sweetener because the apples themselves are sweet enough. And if you hate cinnamon or nutmeg, you could skip either one of those as well.
Wondering what kind of apples to use? I think msot apples will work just fine. My personal favorites are Gala, Pink Lady, Fuji, and (if you can find them) Criterion.
- 10 large peeled cored apples cut into small chunks
- 3/4 C water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
Crockpot Applesauce – Step by Step
Step 1 – Peel and core your apples
I usually hand peel them, but if you have one of those nifty countertop peelers – by all means – use it! It’ll go really fast.
Step 2 – Cut them into small chunks
I usually just eyeball this – it certainly doesn’t have to be perfect. But try and keep the chunks as close to the same size – it helps with even cooking.
Step 3 – Put them in the crockpot and add water and spices
Put it all together, give it a stir, and turn that baby on!
Step 4 – Cook on low for 8-10 hours (or high for 3-4 hours)
If you want your applesauce chunky – do nothing. If you want it smoother – you can wait till it cools a bit and run it through a blender or stick an immersion blender right in your crockpot. As you can see from my pics – I like it chunkier.
Enjoy! This stuff is crazy delicious. I always mean to make enough for the whole week’s lunches, but somehow it gets eaten up right away.