Homemade Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker


homemade apple sauce ingr

This may be one of the best things I’ve ever made.  Warm, sweet and cinnamon-y.  It made the house smell wonderful while it was cooking.

I altered the recipe on A Year of Slow Cooking.  I used more apples, more brown sugar, more cinnamon.  I also used apple juice instead of water.  I will be making this again, it was so delicious.

  • 13 small apples (about 1 bag)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple juice

Peel, core and slice the apples.  Toss them into the slow cooker with all the other ingredients.  Give it a stir, then turn the heat to low for 4-6 hours.

After the apples had cooked this long, I took the lid off and gave them a stir.  They looked kind of watery and I wasn’t sure it would really turn into applesauce.  But the apples were very tender.  I took a whisk and stirred them vigorously until the apples started falling apart.  I ended up with chunky applesauce that was delicious.  I let it continue to cook until I had dinner ready.

This amount of apples makes 4-6 servings, depending on how many times you go back for seconds and thirds.

homemade apple sauce done

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  1. LOVE apple sauce!!! Made in the crock pot to give a warm cozy delicious smell to the whole house is great! Did you leave the lid off of the crock pot once you stirred the apple sauce around to allow some of the water to cook off or did you cover it again?

  2. I am making this tomorrow night! I already have it worked into my Menu Plan and am soooo looking forward to it smelling up the house tomorrow! (It is the little things in life, right?) Thanks for getting me excited about it (again!)

  3. What a great way to make applesauce, and not on top of the stove.

  4. mmmm, this is perfect for fall. I’ve made apple butter in the crockpot, but not applesauce.

  5. I will so have to make this. Homemade applesauce reminds me of weekends at my grandparents’.

  6. Liz Santiago says:

    Thanks for the recipe..My family and I went apple picking a week ago and I wanted an easy recipe for applesauce…..received it just in time. Can’t wait to make it.

  7. Tried this out yesterday–yummy! I didn’t have apple juice, so I just didn’t use any, and it worked fine. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I am going to have to try this one!! We eat applesauce, or well my son does a lot!

  9. I am going to make this today. Sounds delish and a great way to try and trick us into thinking it is actually fall, eventhough it is 90* here still.

  10. LOVE this recipe! Always comes out perfect & delicious! Making a big batch today for canning.

    • Hello there! Going to try this recipe for the 1st time and would like helpful hints for canning.Sure would appreciate it !! 🙂

  11. Have you ever tried making this without peeling the apples first? I’ve heard mostly good things and then yesterday I read on another blog that she wasn’t pleased with the results, so now I’m wondering.

    I’d love to keep peels on (because I’m lazy and also because they are good for you) but do not want to waste all those apples if it doesn’t turn out.

  12. I love apples and every thing made from them. I live in Greece where apple sauce is not used, what a shame, and I would love some suggestions for using it, thanks.

  13. Tinker Kell says:

    Easy and delicious!

  14. My son loves apple sauce so I’m gonna have to make it

  15. Can you use any kind of apples to make this?? Granny Smith? Or do they have to be baking apples??? ( whatever they are???) have no idea?

  16. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly!! Just love your site!!! Keep them coming!!!

  17. How long will this last? I love chunky ? sauce but can never find it and comercial is always so full of sugar and chemicals! Would love to make my own but don’t want to can…


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