Slow Cooker Applesauce ~ easy homemade 4 ingredient applesauce. Make it just as you like – chunky or smooth. Using a variety of sweet and tart apples, this recipe is the best!Whether you call it a slow cooker or a crockpot, this is the easiest way to make the BEST homemade applesauce.
Not that we’ve transitioned from bathing suits to sweaters and cute boots next up is trips to the cider mill for warm donuts and crisp cool apple cider and fresh apples.
Apples are a good snack by themselves with a dip or even in sangria but this set-it-and-forget-it applesauce may be my favorite way to eat them.
If you’re looking for a simple and over the top delicious side dish for your holiday gathering, this easy Slow Cooker Applesauce is it. It can be made a day or two ahead of time before but even the day of, it won’t take up precious space on the stovetop or oven.
But don’t think it’s just for entertaining. With just a few minutes prep you can eat it anytime!
Chunky or smooth – there’s no wrong way to do it. Once watch the video and see how to make applesauce in the slow cooker you may never buy from the store again.
What’s in Slow Cooker Applesauce?
- apples (Gala and Granny Smith used/see below for options)
- lemon juice
- light brown sugar
How to make Slow Cooker Applesauce:
Peel, core and slice the apples into similar size then add to the slow cooker.
Top with the lemon juice, brown sugar and cinnamon then pour the water over the top and lightly stir.
Cover and simmer 3 1/2 to 4 hours on high.
- A little lemon juice brings out even more of the delicious flavor of the apples.
- Brown sugar was used instead of white because its caramelized flavor best compliments the apples.
- If you want to leave the sugar out completely, omit Granny Smith apples and use all sweet variety.
Chunky or smooth? you choose!
Either is delicious. I like my applesauce a little chunkier and if that’s you too, a light stir when it’s finished cooking will get you there.
If you’re looking for a smooth consistency, give it a vigorous stir with a wire whisk or a few pulses with an immersion blender.
Allow the applesauce to cool completely then place in sealed containers and store in the refrigerator.
What apples make the best applesauce?
Because some apples are sweet and some are tangy, the best tasting applesauce comes from a combination of 2-3 varieties. For this recipes, I used Granny Smith (super tart) and Gala (sweet).
Other sweet apple options would be Fuji, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Jonagold or Golden Delicious.
Are there any apples I shouldn’t use for applesauce?
I don’t recommend McIntosh apples because they cook down easily and your applesauce will be more watery. Red Delicious are better for snacking, not cooking.
How long does homemade applesauce last?
This applesauce with be good in the refrigerator for 7-10 days in a sealed container.
Can you freeze slow cooker applesauce?
Yes – to freeze applesauce, transfer it to freezer safe containers or zip top bags, removing as much air as possible, and freeze for up to 3 months.
Should applesauce be served warm or cold?
There’s no wrong answer here. It’s personal preference. I like warm applesauce because it reminds me of fresh baked apple pie, but the choice is yours!
What to serve with applesauce:
Applesauce is delicious as a snack by itself but here are a few other suggestions:
Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin – super easy 20 MINUTE RECIPE! Tender, juice pork tenderloin medallions with a boss savory-sweet glaze.
City Chicken – authentic Polish recipe! Cubed pork skewered, breaded and baked until melt-in-your-mouth tender. Serve with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Potato Pancakes – another authentic Polish recipe. Lightly crisp shredded potato outside, tender and fluffy inside. Top with sour cream and a side of applesauce.
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Slow Cooker Applesauce
- 6 medium apples Gala + Granny Smith used
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- Peel, core and slice the apples into similar sizes then add to the slow cooker.
- Top with the lemon juice, brown sugar and cinnamon then pour the water over the top and lightly stir.
- Cover and simmer 3 1/2 to 4 hours on high.
- For chunkier applesauce, stir lightly. For a smooth consistency applesauce, vigorously stir with a wire whisk or pulse several times with an immersion blender.
Hi! I’m excited to try this recipe. We have an apple tree that produces pretty small apples. Can you tell me how many cups of chopped apples to use, based on your recipe that calls for 6 medium apples? With my small apples I’m sure I’ll need to use more than 6. Thanks!
Hi Rachael – Lucky you with that apple tree – can’t beat that kind of freshness! I generally get about 1 cup of sliced apples per apple so figure about 6 cups after slicing. It’s a forgiving recipe – 6-7 cups will work well. Enjoy your applesauce! ~ Bernie
Rachael Lanning says
Thanks so much!! The apple sauce turned out delicious!! Thankfully our apples are some crisp and tart variety, perfect for sauce and baking!
Hi Rachael – I appreciate the follow up 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! How fun you using your own apples!! 🙂 ~ Bernie
Hi Can I use a regular stock pot??? I dont have a crock pot…. 🙁
I have tried this from a friend that made it and will be making it tomorrow!!
Hi Caitlyn – assuming you mean can you cook it on top of the stove – YES! 🙂 – you can definitely make this recipe without the crockpot. The crockpot/slow cooker gives you a hands-off advantage but you’ll get the same delicious taste with either method. Simmer over low heat until the apples are tender. I hope you enjoy the recipe – it’s my family’s favorite! Thanks for stopping by ~ Bernie
Is it possible to can the applesauce?
Hi Susie – yes you can definitely can the applesauce made in this recipe. You can also freeze it in zip-top bags (up to 2 months). – thanks for your interest in the recipe.
Just made this with fresh apples from the orchard, it was delicious! I just filled my crockpot to about 2 in from the top and used several different types of apples.
Hi Evelynne – fresh fall apples from the orchard are the BEST! I can imagine the amazing aroma in your house — thank you!!