Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce RecipeWhen it comes to a creamy, smooth and flavorful applesauce, my family is all about homemade. Sure, you can buy the jarred and canned versions at your local grocery store, but trust me…NOTHING is as good as homemade.

The easiest way to make your own apple sauce is by utilizing your slow cooker (crockpot) to make it. I don’t have actual measurements for my recipe, but I will give you a general idea on how to make it. You’ll want to do some taste-testing along the way to get the ground cinnamon and sugar to your own personal liking.

I use a large slow cooker when I make it and I add about 4 cups of hot water into my vessel. I then add 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice. I peel, core and chop my apples, placing them into the vessel as I go along. I fill it up pretty full since I cook and bake in bulk. As the apples cook down…they make more fluid (water), so don’t over do it with water. If I had to guesstimate, I use a ratio of 3 to 1 (apples to water). Turn the slow cooker on high heat, cover and let the cooking process begin.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe

Every 40-45 minutes I remove the lid and give everything a good stir. Cover and let it continue to cook. You can cook everything over low heat which takes longer, so I do mine over high heat and it’s done in about 3 hours (max). During the last 15 minutes of the cooking process I add in my granulated sugar. I do this completely by taste-testing since my family likes a moderately-sweet apple sauce. Stir in your desired amount, cover and let cook for 15 minutes to dissolve the sugar. Remove the lid. Stir in the ground cinnamon. Again, I taste-test…but I normally add about 2 1/2 tablespoons.

I then spoon my cooked apples into a large blender container. Cover. Blend on low until smooth and creamy. Some people like theirs chunky, but my family prefers smooth. Once done, I use my wide-mouth funnel to ladle the freshly-made applesauce into glass mason jars (if I’m canning) or into plastic freezer containers (if I’m freezing it).

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Freezing Method: You’ll want to let it cool down to room temperature. Cover the container, label and then freeze.

Canning Method: I use a water bath canner and home-can it according to the processing instructions in my canning recipe handbook. You’ll need a waterbath canner, mason jars, rings, seals and some accessories to use this method.

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I have never tried to make applesauce in a slow cooker. I would be interested in trying this recipe.

  2. I bet this smells wonderful as it is cooking and I am sure it is tasty. Homemade applesauce is one of my favorites but I haven’t thought of making it for awhile. I like that you can adjust the amount of sugar to personal taste.

  3. I have never made applesauce in the slow cooker. I have made it on the stove top before. I think the slow cooker would be even better! I love the smell of the house when the applesauce is cooking!! There is nothing better!!

  4. Don’t you love apple sauce in fall! I like to add cardamon to mine.

  5. Peggy Nunn says:

    This is a great way to make applesauce. I tried once and it was a disaster. I had clear glass canisters. I got the sugar out at the end. When I went to put the top back on, I hit it just right???? It just shattered all over the counter. At that point, I threw everything away. I did not know if any shards got into the pot. Since I have plastic containers now…. maybe I will try it again.

  6. I’ve never tried making applesauce in my slow cooker. I can see where it would be easy and good. I’d just freeze my extra since I don’t can.

  7. ellen beck says:

    I freeze mine too, and it comes out great. I have made applesauce this way, and it always comes out really well. Applesauce in the slow cooker is like having a great smelling candle going- it makes the whole house smell homey and inviting!