Slow Cooker Applesauce

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Growing up I wasn’t too fond of applesauce. Usually, Mom purchased the jarred variety and I wasn’t crazy about the texture. It wasn’t until I was in college that I tasted the real deal. I had broken my jaw and couldn’t eat solid foods for about three weeks. At the time, I worked for the university catering company. A co-worker came by with homemade applesauce. I was stunned. It was so good! It definitely made my newfound “diet” a little easier to swallow.
Well, that was just the beginning. My friend had opened a whole new world for enjoying apples. And you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make!
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Slow Cooker Applesauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
This delicious, lightly sweetened Slow Cooker Applesauce practically cooks itself, allowing you time to do other things. Load up the slow cooker and in a few hours, come back to warm, comforting applesauce.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: applesauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 215 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 16 medium apples peeled, cored and cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar optional
  1. Place the apples and water in the crock of a slow cooker. Cover.
  2. Cook on HIGH for about 4 hours or on LOW for 6 to 8 hours. The apples have softened and darkened slightly.
  3. Mash the apples with a potato masher to the desired consistency. Stir in brown sugar, if desired.
  4. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.
Recipe Notes

Note: package leftovers promptly and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also divide the sauce into covered containers, label, and chill completely before storing in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.

If you don't have a crockpot, you can make it on the stovetop just as well, just check often to make sure the water doesn't evaporate. Once the apples have cooked down, you're good to go.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1/8 of the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Applesauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 399mg11%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 197IU4%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


About Jessica Fisher

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  1. Ok, so I am 6 months along wit my 2nd child and have been having some SERIOUS apple cravings. That looks amazing, and I am seriously contemplating leaving my house right now to buy some MORE apples. Great post!

  2. Jenny says

    Have this in the crockpot right now, and it smells wonderful!

  3. I am going to try this one next week. How do you freeze it? Just in a freezer bag? Does it change being frozen?

    • Jessica says

      @Claire, my kids prefer it frozen. I just freeze it in 2 cup containers.

  4. Dana says

    Do you have a preference with the apples you use? I have read that some people mix the varieties for better flavor. Thanks it looks awesome!

    • Jessica says

      I usually do granny smith, braeburn, or gravenstein.

  5. Tara Larsen says

    I’m on my second batch. We loved the first one so much and I have a plethora of apples right now! 🙂 Thanks for such an easy recipe. Oh, and I meant to tell you, your Greek Lemon Chicken Soup recipe that you posted ages ago is now one of my favorite soups! So double thanks! lol

  6. Tammy says

    mmm!! Thanks for the recipe! I have it in the crock pot right now, I added cinnamon and I can’t wait to serve it to the kiddos when they wake up from their nap soon! =)

  7. Joann says

    I was brought to this recipe from Pinterest but I want the Greek Lemon Chicken Soup recipe that someone else mentioned in a comment. I tried to search the website and didn’t find it. Is that still available on the site? Thanks!

    • Jessica says

      You’d have to show me the pinterest link. I don’t have a greek lemon chicken soup, so but it may have been linked to one of my recipe round-ups?

      • Joann says

        @Jessica, I clicked on the applesauce recipe on Pinterest but someone commented above about the Greek Lemon Chicken Soup. Oh well, it just sounded good…I’ll have to google it. I am going to try the apple sauce though…thanks for the reply!!

        • Jessica says

          @Joann, I see what you mean now that I’m looking in the above string. I think that she just got me confused with someone else and I must not have had time to respond to the comment.

  8. Like you, I was not fond of jarred applesauce. I had NO idea how amazing homemade applesauce could be, until I started making homemade baby food for my youngest (about 4 yrs ago). I like mine a bit more simple with just some ginger and cinnamon. The ginger is extra calming to an upset tummy. Every time I eat it, it reminds me of apple pie. I haven’t made a huge batch in the crockpot before. My boys go through it so quickly that I really should make a ton of it and freeze it.

  9. You have brown sugar as optional. Do you think I can add it? I’m thinking of making a big batch and using half for snacks and the other half for baking–the latter is probably best unsweetened. Thanks!

    • Jessica says

      It’s a personal preference in my mind. Really depends on your apples. A tart apple, like Granny Smith, may need it.

  10. Fleur says

    I am very excited as I have just bought a new freezer! I am keen to get cooking, but just had a query before I start. I was wondering how you freeze your apple sauce? Do you put it in ziplocks or into containers? I was thinking it would be a great afternoon tea snack for my kids. I am just not sure which container would be best to freeze it in, for individual portions? Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Jessica says

      @Fleur, I typically use 2-cup containers. Cool the sauce to room temp and then chill in the fridge before you freeze. My kids like it almost slushy, not fully thawed. Good luck!

  11. RG says

    Can this recipe be canned?

    • Jessica says

      @RG, I haven’t done it, but I plan to. I don’t see why you can’t.

  12. Ooohhh, this is a definite one to try! Task to add to today’s list: Get More Apples!

  13. Heather Ratliff says

    How much does this make? I know apples are all different sizes, so an approximation is fine.

    • It’s going to depend on the type of apple because some cook down more than others. I’d say that if you fill the pot, then it’ll will be about 2/3 that amount in sauce when it’s done.

      • Heather Ratliff says

        I made this last night. I used 10 Braeburns (~2.5″ each), 2 red delicious and 3 small Galas (~2″ each). It made 6 cups.

  14. Kim says

    We’re vegan and go through a lot of applesauce. I’ve been thinking about making it myself and canning. I’ll give this recipe a go today, getting the kids involved too. Thanks!

  15. Julia says

    My granny and I would get up after Papaw went to bed, warm us some applesauce and put a small tab of butter on top to melt. She’s been gone for 14 years now, but I remember the whole sneaking out of bed and being quiet as a mouse, like it was yesterday!

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