You can enjoy homemade cinnamon applesauce without much work at all. This slow cooker applesauce recipe is warm, cozy, and the perfect side dish for pork chops or roast chicken.
When you have too many apples, what do you do? Do you make everyone eat an apple a day?
One of the very easiest things to do with lots of apples is to make homemade applesauce. And it’s super easy to do if you use the slow cooker. You just have to peel and slice the apples, and then let the slow cooker do the work.
Your house will smell amazing while the slow cooker cooks the apples and cinnamon down to a delicious, flavorful sauce.
Homemade applesauce is an easy recipe to try, especially when you’re new to cooking for food allergies. If you’re unsure of store bought brands of applesauce, you can make your own, knowing it’s safe for your family.
And it’s no big surprise that the homemade variety is much better than any applesauce you can buy at the store.
- Honeycrisp apples
- lemon juice
- Peel and slice the apples and place in the slow cooker.
- Add the sugar, lemon juice, water, and cinnamon.
- Cook on low for 5-6 hours, until soft and tender.
- Mash the apples with a potato masher, or puree them with an immersion blender.
Types of Apples
You can use any variety that you like. Depending on the variety of apple you choose, you may need to adjust the amount of sugar. For example, Fuji apples are sweeter, so you would need less sugar. Honeycrisp, which I used here, are a bit more tart.
If you’d like to make this applesauce without added sugar, you will want to choose a sweeter variety, like Gala, Golden Delicious, or Fuji. You can cook it without sugar, and then taste it and add as needed. You can read about the different types of apples here.
Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste. You can use brown sugar or coconut sugar if you prefer.
You can serve this applesauce with:
Store leftover applesauce in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for about 5 days.
You can freeze applesauce in freezer bags. Just make sure to remove as much air as possible from the bags. Lay them flat in the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months.
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The Easiest Slow Cooker Applesauce
- Peel and thinly slice the apples and place in the slow cooker.
- Add the sugar, water, lemon juice, and cinnamon.
- Cook on low for about 5-6 hours, until apples are soft and tender.
- If you want the applesauce to be chunky, you can mash the apples with a potato masher. If you want it to be smooth, you can puree it with an immersion blender.