This Slow Cooker Applesauce recipe was originally published December 28, 2014, images were updated September 2017.
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, especially during the fall when apples are everywhere.
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 a money saver.
I used to buy store applesauce for my kids to have as school and at home snacks, but after making it at home for the first time, they declared that slow cooker applesauce is so much better than the the kind we bought at the stores and that this is their favourite. I agree.
So, now I find myself making this stuff…a lot!
One of the best things about making your own applesauce is that it’s so easy. All you need is four simple ingredients, a slow cooker, and a blender. And there’s no apple peeling involved! Once the apples cook down, the skins get very soft and after you puree into applesauce, you would never know that they weren’t peeled!
Another good thing about making your own applesauce is that you control the flavour, so if you want to experiment with different spices, other than cinnamon, try it! For this recipe, I went with cinnamon (our favourite version) and I’ve left the nutmeg optional. (The cinnamon + nutmeg combo is another favourite!)
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 Store Homemade Applesauce
Whether you are making a spiced version for snacking on or a plain batch for baking (or snacking on, too!), you can store it in airtight jars or containers in the fridge. Your applesauce will keep for about 7-10 days in the fridge.
How to Freeze Applesauce
If I know I won’t be using my entire batch any time soon (either the spiced or plain versions), I freeze some of it. To do that, I use airtight containers and leave a little space at the top when filling. If you don’t have airtight containers, freezer bags can also be used. Frozen applesauce will keep in the freezer for up to a year (I’ve never kept it in there that long, though!) When I’m ready to use it, I thaw in the refrigerator.
If you like this recipe, you may also like these as well:
- Vegan Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Waffles
- Vegan Gluten Free Morning Glory Muffins
- Apple Raisin Cinnamon Rolls
- Beet Carrot Apple Juice
- Cranberry Apple Beet Smoothie
How to Make Slow Cooker Applesauce
Once you get a taste of homemade slow cooker applesauce and see how easy it is to make, you won't want to buy store-bought applesauce ever again!
- Pour water into slow cooker.
- Slice apples into eighths, place into slow cooker.
- Pour lemon juice over apples.
Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg (if using) over apples.
Carefully mix, so spices coat the apples.
Cook for 8 hours on low or 3.5 - 4 hours on high.
- When done, using an immersion blender, carefully puree the apples.
Cool thoroughly and then portion out into containers. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Sweet, softer apples make the best applesauce because they're naturally sweet and require no added sugar. I always use Gala apples when making applesauce, but feel free to experiment to figure out what type of apples you like best for your applesauce.
- Feel free to reduce the amount of cinnamon in the recipe to 1/2 tsp, or to suit your tastes. In this recipe, I use 1 tsp. Your applesauce will be lighter in colour if you use less.
- See info above about storing and freezing your applesauce.
- 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. If you are using the optional nutmeg in this recipe, click here to see how easy it is to do.
- If you prefer plain applesauce, omit the spices.
- Approximate calorie count is for a 1/2 cup serving.