Making Crock Pot Applesauce is an easy at-home project!
Applesauce made in the slow cooker is the best way to make applesauce! It’s so incredibly easy to just throw everything in your crock pot, and let it simmer all day to turn into the most delicious applesauce ever. Be sure to read the details in this post for the best apples to use for applesauce and more.
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The best apples to use for making applesauce:
There are a lot of good apples to use for making crock pot applesauce. The key to making the best applesauce is to use a variety of apples. It’s okay to use three or four different kinds! The flavors of different varieties of apples are so different, but blending all of those flavors together can be really tasty. I suggest using a mix of the following kinds of apples: Fuji, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Rome, Braeburn, Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. Just use a variety of the kinds you are able to locate at your market, and all will be good.
Equipment you can buy on Amazon to help you make the best applesauce:
- my favorite slow cooker: This is the slow cooker (Crock Pot) I’ve had for years, and I absolutely love it!
- my favorite apple peeler: This is the standard potato/apple peeler I use and it is easy to hold and maneuver.
- apple corer/slicer: easy to use and does the job!
- potato masher: It’s what I use for mashing potatoes, and it works well for mashing the apples too!
How to make Crock Pot Applesauce:
The most time-consuming part of making your own applesauce is peeling and slicing the apples. Then you’ll dump them into your slow cooker and top with water, sugar and cinnamon. Put the lid on and slow cooker for 8 hours. That’s it. Easy, right??
Once the apples have finished their slow cooking cycle, they will be rather soft. You can take your potato masher and mash them into sauce.
Mash as much or as little as you’d like. Leave it more chunky if you prefer an applesauce with more chunks in it.
The nice thing about making Crock Pot Applesauce at home is that you can make it to your liking. If you don’t want it to be really sweet, add less sugar. And if you are following a lighter eating plan (like WW), you can use a sugar substitute in place of real sugar. Just look for a sugar substitute that can be measured cup for cup with sugar. If you like applesauce to be really cinnamony (like mine), you’ll add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. For a lighter cinnamon flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Enjoy!
Here are a few more Crock Pot recipes you might like to try:
- Crock Pot Pineapple Chicken
- Slow Cooker Black Forest Pot Roast
- Crock Pot Cranberry Pork Roast
- Crock Pot Red Beans and Rice
- Slow Cooker Cider Ham
- Slow Cooker Kalua Pig
- The Best Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
- Crock Pot Ribs
If you happen to be following the Weight Watchers WW plan, you will find a link to the WW Points on the recipe card below.
Crock Pot Applesauce
- 12 large apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup granulated white sugar (can sub zero calorie, cup for cup sweetener)
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Place all of the ingredients into the slow cooker. Cover and cook for 8 hours on LOW.
- Mash with a potato masher. Let cool, and move to a covered container or bowl covered with plastic wrap. Keep refrigerated. Can be eaten warm or cold.
- If you are counting WW Points, substitute a zero calorie sweetener that can be swapped out cup-for-cup with sugar.