Do you know how to make homemade slow cooker applesauce? I didn’t until a few years ago and ever since that time, I’ve been making it quite often. I add applesauce to some of the recipes I make (like my apple cinnamon waffles, carrot coconut muffins, cake doughnut mini muffins, and morning glory muffins!) so I can go through a lot of it which makes homemade applesauce cheaper. I also use homemade applesauce for school snacks.
I’ve been fighting the urge to bake something these past few days…but I refuse to give in until all of the Christmas stuff has been eaten. You know how it goes. If something new is made while other things are still around, the other stuff is forgotten. Happily, we’re almost there. I can’t wait to start baking again.
In the mean time, since baking is out of the question (for now), I went with something healthy. Slow cooker applesauce.
I think deciding to make slow cooker applesauce is the perfect bridge back over to the healthy side. I always tend to go a little overboard during the holidays…I know I’m not alone with that!
As mentioned above, I make applesauce often—both for home and school snacks and for baking (done correctly, applesauce can also be a great substitute for oil or eggs in a recipe). For baking, I make it plain with no spices and for snacks, I spice it up with different flavours each time. This time, I went with cinnamon and nutmeg (use this tip for your nutmeg for extra great flavour!).
Once you make applesauce in your slow cooker, I’m pretty sure you will never go back to store bought again. As with all things homemade—it just tastes better. It’s also more fresh, you know exactly what the ingredients are, and you decide how to flavour it. What can be better than that? OH WAIT. It’s made in the slow cooker, so it’s easy. And a bonus: your house will smell great while it’s cooking!
Cut the apples, throw in the spices, add a splash of lemon juice, let it cook for a few hours, puree when done, and you’re set with school snacks for the week or for your next baking adventure.
How to Make Slow Cooker Applesauce
- 1/4 cup of water
- 12 Gala apples (see note below about types of apples to use)
- Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (see note about nutmeg below)
Pour water into slow cooker.
Slice apples into eighths, place into slow cooker.
Pour lemon juice over apples.
Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over apples.
Carefully mix so spices coat the apples.
Cook for 8 hours on low (3.5 - 4 hours on high)
When done, using an immersion blender, carefully puree the apples.
Wait until cool and portion out into containers.
- Sweet, soft apples make the best applesauce because they are naturally sweet and require no added sugar. I always use Gala apples when making applesauce but feel free to experiment to figure out what apples you like best.
- I always buy whole nutmeg and grate it fresh for my recipes as needed. You'll get the best flavour if you do it this way. Click here to see how easy it is to do.