Homemade Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

Simple Homemade Crockpot Applesauce RecipeA little over a week ago we headed out to pick apples.  Heading to our local apple orchard has become one of our yearly fall traditions.

One of the reasons we pick multiple bushels of apples each year is so we can make homemade crockpot applesauce.  Homemade applesauce is very simple to make and it tastes so much better than store bought.

How to Make Homemade Crockpot Applesauce

Here is the simple recipe that I use to make crockpot applesauce.  I’ve included measurement quantities to give you an estimate of how much of each ingredient to use.  But you really don’t need to use exact measurement, just dump the approximate ingredients into the crockpot and it will be good.  You really can’t mess it up.

Ingredients Needed (quantities fill a 5 quart crock pot)

  • Approximately 16 apples peeled, cored and sliced.
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla

Instructions

Step 1 - Peel, core and cut your apples.  I’ve always used a regular peeler and an apple slicer, but I know others that love the all in one apple peeler, corer and slicer.  Use whatever method works for you.

It takes approximately 25 apples in the 6 quart crock pot and 16 apples in the 5 quart crockpot.  I’ve always used Golden Delicious Apples because they are naturally sweet.  I’m sure you would also have success with Gala, Red Delicious and Fuji.  Be sure to ask the people working at the Orchard if you have questions.

Step 1 - Simple Homemade Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

Step 2 – Fill the crockpot to the very top (the apples will shrink as they are cooking).   Then add in the water, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla (In my opinion, the vanilla really enhances the flavor).

If desired you can completely omit the brown sugar and your final result will still be sweet.  I only use it because we prefer the texture of the applesauce when sugar is added during while it is cooking.

Step 2 - Simple Homemade Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

Step 3 – Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.  At that point check to see if the apples are soft.  If not, cover and cook for another 1-2 hours and check again.  One of my crockpots cooked it in exactly 4 hours, the other didn’t finish until almost 6 hours.

Step 4 - Once the apples are soft, use a spoon or potato masher and smash them until you get the desired consistency.  If you prefer no chucks in your applesauce, you may need to use an immersion hand blender.

Simple Homemade Crockpot Applesauce

Step 5 – Enjoy!  And a word of advice, resist the temptation to eat a spoonful of applesauce right out of the crockpot.  It will be hot!  Ask me how I know?

And for an extra bonus, you can make enough applesauce to can and enjoy for the entire year.  Delicious!

Canning Applesauce

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Comments

    • says

      Good question. I’m guessing it will thicken as it cools down. But, I’ve never cooked mine for that long so I’m not sure. If it does thicken on its own let me know. I’d be interested in finding out.

      Danielle

  1. Brittany says

    I just made this applesauce and it was delicious! Now I am wanting to do some canning so I can save some of this delicious applesauce this winter. I was wondering if you put lemon juice in your applesauce. I have been reading about some people do because its a safety factor and then some don’t. Just wondering.

    • says

      Brittany,

      Glad you liked the applesauce. We’ve been eating it quite a bit over the last couple weekends. :)

      I don’t put lemon juice in it. I’ve heard of people adding lemon juice to prevent it from discoloring, but I’ve never added it and our applesauce has always been fine. We make and canned enough to have for the entire year.

      Hope that helps!

      Danielle

    • says

      Unfortunately, I don’t know for certain as I normally make a large amount and combine them all together before I can it. I’m guessing that it would be around 3 quarts per 6 quart crock pot.

      Hope that helps!

      Danielle

  2. Tiffany C. says

    Your recipe looks great! I did have a quick question though. I have a 6qt slow cooker and would like to use 25 apples, how much of the other ingredients would I use. Thanks!

    • says

      Tiffany,

      I’d suggest using 1.5 of the ingredients. For example, 1 1/2 cup water, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons Cinnamon, 3 teaspoons vanilla. Most of the time I just dump the ingredients in without measuring them too accurately, so you really can’t go wrong. I love recipes like that. :)

      Let me know how it turns out!

      Danielle

  3. Liz says

    I stumbled upon this receipe last night and ran out right away to the store to get enough apples. Made it this morning, and it turned out perfectly. First time ever making
    Applesauce, and this couldn’t of been easier and more tasty. My 17 month old daughter even enjoyed it so much, she cried when hers was all gone. The smells that filled our home while it was cooking were to die for, and a perfect sneak peek for fall. Thank you for sharing. This will be a frequenter this fall without a doubt and a new family favorite. Now, to invest into a peeler/corer. ;)

  4. G says

    I just came across your recipe and had a bag of leftover apples so I decided to make with dinner tonight. I can’t wait to see what how the family enjoys it. It looks delicious and is so easy to make! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Nicole says

    Hi!

    I just made your applesauce last night. It turned out wonderful! My family loves it and it was super easy to make! I think the next time I make it, I will remember to take your suggestion and use an apple slicer. :-) Thanks for sharing your recipe! I will definately be making it again!

  6. says

    Did you process those in a water bath? I would love to make applesauce again but I’ve kind of forgotten after not doing it for over 45 years. I live in the Nevada desert, I don’t even know if there are apples in this state but I’ll see if I can find some. They look delicious. I just bought my granddaughter a slow cooker and she is expecting a baby in December and she wants to make her own applesauce.

    Thanks

    • Find Time for Fun says

      Sally,

      Yes, I used a water bath canner. I used hot sterilized jars, filled them with hot applesauce and then put them in the water bath with it boiling for approximately 20 minutes. It’s really a simple process once you get the hang of it.

      Applesauce is one of the first foods I gave my kids when they were young.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks!

      Danielle

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