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Slow Cooker Applesauce
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Slow Cooker Applesauce has you covered, from snack time to school lunch, as a side dish or as dessert (Hint: Add a splash of vanilla extract!). But I have to warn you: Once you go the homemade applesauce route, the store-bought alternative won’t stand a chance.
Who knew four simple ingredients and a quick 4 hours in the slow cooker could yield such a healthy indulgence? The first time I made this recipe I found myself hovering over the slow cooker, spoon in hand, fetching bite after bite of warm applesauce before it even made it to the bowl. Best of all, you can rely entirely on the natural sweetness of the apples, which means there’s no excess sugar required. Healthy snacking has never been sweeter.
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Slow Cooker Applesauce
- YIELD: About 6 cups
- 12 apples (See Kelly's Note)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons sugar (optional)
Peel, core and cut the apples into eight pieces each.
Add the apples, cinnamon, lemon juice and sugar to a slow cooker, stirring until the apples are thoroughly coated.
Cook the apples on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours. Once the apples are very tender, mash them with a fork until your reach your desired consistency. (For extra-smooth applesauce, purée the cooked apples in batches in a blender.) Taste and season with additional cinnamon as desired.
Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
The best apples for making applesauce in a slow cooker are Honey Crisp, Gala and Fuji. Opt for a mix of all three varieties for the best blend of flavors.
The apples provide natural sweetness, so there's no need to add additional sugar. Feel free to customize the sweetness of the applesauce to your personal preferences.
Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not republish this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.
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