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posted: 10/06/21

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Crockpot Applesauce is the perfect recipe to make with freshly picked apples. Easy to make and delicious, this homemade applesauce will become a family favorite.

small white bowl full of applesauce

The other day I was thinking about when it was just my oldest and me all day together. I sort of wish I could go back in time and savor that for just another moment or two.

When he was a toddler (and still now but keep that a secret) he loved applesauce. He even loved helping me make it. There is something magical to me about cooking with my kids.

This Crockpot Applesauce is even more perfect to make with the kids than the stovetop version. A recipe that allows for dumping everything in a slow cooker and then reading books and playing while your house smells magical is perfect for toddlers.

Applesauce Ingredients

Crockpot Applesauce is an easy way to make deliciously smooth applesauce. Even better, this recipe can be made with ingredients you already have in your kitchen!

Here’s all you need:

  • Apples (Read on for the best apples to use for applesauce)
  • Lemon juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • and some water!

Find the full measurements at the bottom of the post.

overhead look at a slow cooker full of crockpot applesauce

How To Make Applesauce

Homemade applesauce can be made in just four simple steps. You can also cook your apples on the stovetop, but using the crockpot to make applesauce is so simple:

  1. First, peel, core and slice your apples.
  2. Next, toss the apples in the slow cooker with a little cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and water.
  3. Then, let it cook for 4-6 hours. The aroma of sweet apples and cinnamon will make your house smell delicious!
  4. Finally, use a blender or an immersion blender to get the sauce the exact texture you like.

Adding Sugar

If you prefer unsweetened applesauce, simply omit the sugar in this recipe. You can use this unsweetened applesauce for recipes or just to eat as a snack or a side. The apples and cinnamon will still give your sauce terrific flavor.

a spoonful of slow cooker applesauce coming out of a crockpot

Best Apples for Crockpot Applesauce

The types of apples you use for applesauce is really a personal preference. You can turn any kind into delicious sauce, with varying flavors. Any of these types of apples work great for delicious applesauce:

  • I like the combination of tart Granny Smith and sweet Gala apples, like in my apple cobbler recipe.
  • McIntosh apples are fresh and crisp, but cook down nicely.
  • Golden Delicious apples are softer and sweeter and are best combined with a tart apple.
  • Jonathans, Rome Beauty, Honey Crisp and Fuji apples, when you can find them, are also great options.

Storing Crockpot Applesauce

This crockpot applesauce should be stored tightly covered in the refrigerator. It’ll stay nice and fresh for up to four days. Perfect for lunches, after school snacks, or a tasty dessert.


If you want to make a lot of applesauce at once, go for it! This applesauce recipe freezes beautifully. Just store in airtight containers (with room for expansion) in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to use it, let the applesauce thaw in the refrigerator and enjoy!

a mason jar full of applesauce in front of a slow cooker


How much does this make?

This recipe makes 3 cups of applesauce.

Can this recipe be doubled?

Yes! You can double this recipe. Just add an hour on to the cooking time.

Can I can this recipe?

Yes! This recipe can be canned. Follow best canning practices here.

What Else to Make with Apples

Fall lends itself to lots of baking, cooking and eating apples! Try some of these other tasty apple recipes and enjoy the season to the fullest!

I hope this homemade applesauce becomes a favorite in your house like it is in ours! Try it for breakfast over oatmeal, or for lunch as a side to macaroni and cheese, or for dinner alongside pork sausages.

Leave me a comment below with your thoughts on this recipe. I love hearing from you.

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Crockpot Applesauce

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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 20 minutes
Crockpot Applesauce is the perfect recipe to make with freshly picked apples. Easy to make and delicious, this homemade applesauce will become a family favorite.


  • 10 medium apples peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Combine all of the ingredients in the crockpot. Stir to combine.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • At the end of the cooking time puree. Use an immersion blender for a very easy blend or transfer to a blender.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
small white bowl full of applesauce

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  1. Kaym says

    I took a look at this recipe to see what was in it. I have about 20 apple trees at my home, and my applesauce and the apple cider we press is “pure” apples, no additives. I think the combination of apples I use in making applesauce (and our cider for that matter) makes it sweet enough without having to add sugar. Also, I personally prefer the taste of apples, rather than the taste of cinnamon. HOWEVER, not all will agree, and this recipe is certainly a good one for those people. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Dan says

    You didn’t say if you can, can it.

    • Lisa Longley says

      You can can them, but I would do reading on canning applesauce in general to make sure you follow all safety precautions. I typically refer people to this website.

  3. Irene Cloyd says

    What is the yield for this recipe? Can you then follow canning instructions to can this applesauce for longevity?

  4. Laurie Abendroth says

    How much does this make?

    • Lisa Longley says

      It makes three cups.

  5. Dee Smith says

    I also make applesauce in crockpot, and do not add any sugar, but….sometime I add a few of the little “red hots” in the last 10 minutes of so. Depending on type of apple, I might use a small handful!! We like that so much better than sugar. Live in Community and they all love the bit of flavor of the red hots.

  6. Renee Skolnick says

    Can you use brown sugar ?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t made this with brown sugar, but I can’t think of a reason why it wouldn’t work.

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