Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot Applesauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

Crockpot Applesauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

Since I started making applesauce in the crockpot, I’ve never looked back. It’s so easy to put together, and it cooks while I sleep! Waking up to fresh applesauce for breakfast is totally great. If you’ve never made your own applesauce before, you’re in for a treat because there’s so much more flavor in the homemade version.

Crockpot Applesauce | Get Inspired Everyday! Crockpot Applesauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

If your apples are big enough to run through a peeler – corer – slicer, there’s almost no work involved at all.

I’ve used all kinds of different apples for this, but the softer apples always work the best because they break down faster. If you do use a baking apple such as Macintosh or Granny Smith, you’ll need to increase the cooking time (sometimes as much as 4-5 more hours). Often baking apples don’t loose their shape entirely during the cooking time. I sometimes leave it chunky, but you can also purée it for a more traditional applesauce.

Crockpot Applesauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

My favorite kind of apple to use, is the Transparent, which is the perfect apple for applesauce. It breaks down nicely and has amazing apple flavor. Any of the Delicious (red and yellow) apples or a Gala apple also works really well.

Crockpot Applesauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

When I use Transparent apples, I quarter and core them before putting them in the crockpot. If you’re using a firmer apple, you want to peel them and slice into 1/4 – 1/2 inch slices.

You can cook your applesauce on high for 4-5 hours throughout the evening, or you can cook it on low heat for 8-10 hours overnight.

Crockpot Applesauce | Get Inspired Everyday! Crockpot Applesauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

My favorite variation of this recipe is to use half of a vanilla bean instead of the cinnamon.

I know it might be difficult to get too excited over applesauce, but…try it and you’ll see the difference!

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Crockpot Applesauce
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Serves: 6-8
  • 3½ pounds apples, Transparent, Gala, or Delicious
  • ½ cinnamon stick or ½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  1. Peel (if desired), core, and quarter your apples. For firmer apples, slice the quarters to ¼-1/2 inch thick slices.
  2. Place apple with the rest of the ingredients in a 4-quart crockpot.
  3. Turn the crockpot to low and cook for 8-9 hours, (overnight), or cook over high for 4-5 hours.
I highly recommend a peeler-corer-slicer because it does all the work for you. You just run your apples through it and place them directly into the crockpot.

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14 Comments on “Crockpot Applesauce”

    1. I don’t know if you would be able to can this since there’s no added sugar, but I don’t know much about canning so I would maybe check with a canning source like Ball.

    1. I’m pretty sure it’s around 8 cups, but I have this recipe on the list to retest in the new year to check how many cups exactly. 🙂 I hope this helps, and I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  1. Hi there,
    This is the first time that I am making apple sauce, I have everything in the crock pot and on low till the morning. Will the apples be mushed or do I have to smash them to become a sauce substance?
    Thank you

    1. Most of the time the apples will cook into an chunky applesauce consistency all by themselves without needing to smash them. But some varieties of baking apples that hold their shape (and are usually used in pies and crisps) will need to be smashed or blended for a few seconds in a blender to create an applesauce texture. I hope this helps, and be sure let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions! 🙂

    1. I freeze my applesauce either in plastic containers with lids, or in freezer Ziplock quart bags depending on what I have at the time. If you do use the plastic bags, be sure to freeze the bags flat on a cookie sheet before stacking them in the freezer. This saves on space and catches anything that springs a leak. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know how it goes or if you have anymore questions! 🙂

    1. Yes you can freeze this applesauce, I often make large batches just so I can have some leftover to freeze. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  2. The only change I made was using apple cider in place of water, it makes a big difference! YUM! 🙂

    1. Thanks for writing in with such a great tip! I used apples picked right off the tree, so my applesauce was really flavorful but I’ll be trying this in the winter months when I’ll only have store bought apples. 🙂

  3. Made this today and it’s wonderful. I used a little bit of my homemade vanilla extract and a cinnamon stick. I will be making this again a lot.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’ve been making a lot of applesauce ever since I discovered this crockpot method because it really simplifies the process (no stirring on the stove). 🙂

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