Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce

    Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce

    Are you Team Apple or Team Pumpkin Spice this time of year? If you are Team Apple (like me!) I have a super simple, wholesome Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce recipe to share with you.

    This recipe is not my own, but my mother-in-law’s. She cooks this applesauce regularly for my kiddos, especially during the Fall when apples are a plenty. It was originally inspired by a recipe in a 1970’s Crock Pot cookbook, however, she reduced the sugar by half. It lends a more naturally-sweet flavor, enhanced by a hint of cinnamon. Also, because the apples are slow-cooked all day, the apple sauce tastes caramelized. It’s delicious, wholesome, and tastes like Fall.

    The type of apples you use to make this Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce is important. I actually had to make this recipe twice before I got my kids’ approval, and before I was ready to post on this page. The first time I made this recipe, I used a variety of apples I already had on hand, including a couple of Granny Smith. While Granny Smiths are perfect for an apple pie (because they are tart and hold their shape) they are not conducive for this apple sauce recipe. I recommend using sweet red apples like Gala, Fuji, and Honey Crisp apples. Choosing the right apples makes a tremendous difference to the flavor and texture. Sweet apples blend well, as they tend to break down and soften when cooked.

    Diced Apples in Crock Pot

    Peel and dice about 12-15 medium-sized apples, enough to fill the crock to the brim. Add a half cup of water, a 1/4 cup of sugar, and a teaspoon of cinnamon. The Crock Pot will do the hard work for you. Cook on low for 4-6 hours until apples are tender. You can use an immersion blender (recommended) or allow apples to cool before transferring to a stand-up blender. Pulse intermittently until you reach your your desired texture. My kids like the apple sauce smooth, so I blend it well. See recipe below.

    Slow-Cooker Apple Sauce

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    Serves: 8-10 Cooking Time: 4-6 hours

    Ingredients

    • 12-15 medium-sized sweet apples (Gala, Fuji, Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious, etc.)
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

    Instructions

    1

    Peel and dice apples into 1" size pieces. Fill crock to brim with apples. Add water, sugar, cinnamon and set to low.

    2

    Cook for 4-6 hours, or until apples are soft. Turn off Crock Pot and allow to cool for about 30 minutes.

    3

    Once the apples cool down, blend with an immersion blender, or transfer apples to stand up blender. Pulse until you reach desired consistency.

    4

    You can eat right away or store in fridge.