Spiced Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

by Andie Mitchell on November 5, 2012

Remember that time I asked you to use applesauce to bake donuts? I hope so; it was yesterday.

Welp, here’s a reminder and a recipe for that applesauce.

Now’s the season for something lovely and brown sugary. Now’s the time for everything appley and homemade.

Spiced Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

(adapted from AllRecipes)

8 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

½ cup water

½ cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


Combine apples and water in your slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

Stir in the brown sugar and cinnamon and continue cooking for another 30 minutes. Taste and add more cinnamon to your liking.


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Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner November 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Ooh, I’ve never made applesauce, but now that I see how easy it is I have to try. Does it matter what type of apple you use?


Alicia November 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I just started making homemade applesauce. The first time I threw what I had. When my kids were in kindergarten they made some. The teachers encouraged them to bring 3 different apples. It was really tasty. :)


Amanda Morey November 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I recently started making applesauce in the slow cooker and it is wonderful! It makes me actually enjoy apple sauce again.


Marlene Dotterer November 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Mine is even easier – I thoroughly wash, but don’t peel the apples. I cut them in four pieces, cut out the core and throw the rest in the slow cooker.

I turn it on.

In the morning, I add spices: cinnamon (lots!), nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.

Then I attack the whole thing with my stick blender.

That’s it. No sugar, no water, nada. Just apples, along with the peels, which you’ll never know were in there.

I like to use a variety of apples. Maybe half or 3/4 Granny Smith or Macintosh, then a mixture of whatever’s on sale. Pears and other fruits have been know to apply.

So good!


Fran November 5, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I agree with Marlene. I never use sugar. Apples are natually sweet on their own.


Heather@SugarDish(Me) November 6, 2012 at 4:09 am

Oh!!! You read my mind! Or my comment. Or both!


Carrie @ Season It Already! November 7, 2012 at 6:57 am

Oh wow! Looks so easy. I am sooo making this. THank you!


Emily @ www.main-eats.com November 8, 2012 at 4:48 am

I absolutely adore homemade applesauce-sooooo delicious! I especially love it warm out of the Crock Pot. So good!


Michelle November 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Stove-top cooking apple sauce takes way less time. Is there a difference in taste?


Hichame November 22, 2012 at 7:24 am

Hi Emily, how do you exactly do with stove-top cooking ? I don’t have a slow cooker. Thanks for sharing.


sarah November 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

Hmmm, mine came out watery. I’m thinking it doesn’t even need the water? What kind of apples are best, maybe I used watery-er apples?


Kristen December 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I just found you and have loved reading your blog. I just made applesauce and all I did was core them and bake them in a covered castiron pot for about 45 min. at 325. They were devine! I used some pippin and some granny smith. I did not peel them. The red peel gives them a pink hue.


Ellen December 30, 2012 at 1:32 am

will try, I love apples anyway


janet May 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Do you think i can use Fuji for this recipe?


Kristen May 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Yes, that sound be fine. Not as crisp as Granny Smith and pippin but very tasty!


Andie Mitchell May 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Thanks for the reply, Kristen! Good advice!


Andie Mitchell May 6, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Hey Janet,
Yep; I think Fuji will be great!


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