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Slow Cooker Applesauce

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.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 10 mins
Servings 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.

Kelly's Notes:

  • 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.
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