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Crock Pot Applesauce is an incredibly easy recipe since all you do is load up the slow cooker and let it work it’s magic! It’s flavored with brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg is so delicious that once you taste homemade, you’ll never buy the stuff from the store again.
I’ve been making homemade applesauce for years and to be honest, I’ve never really thought much about the recipe until a reader asked me if I had one. I guess it slipped my mind because it’s one of those dishes that’s just become a staple in my “go-to” recipe list. I started making applesauce when the boys were little because they ate so much it that it was easier to make a big batch and then enjoy it throughout the week. Then over time, it became part of our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner line up because of this…homemade applesauce with a holiday ham is absolute perfection!
Since the Crock Pot actually does all the work, I usually make a big batch of applesauce the Monday before Thanksgiving. I use Granny Smith and Gala apples which give great flavors and textures to my dish. After that, all I add is a little bit of butter, vanilla, some brown sugar and spices. That’s it! Once the apples are cooked down, you can keep your sauce chunky, like I do or blend it up for more of a smooth texture. It’s one of the best “make ahead” dishes ever especially for the holidays. So, go ahead and give yourself a break with a homemade recipe that your family and friends will love.
More great apple recipes ~
- Crock Pot Mulled Cider
- Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
- Fruit Salad For A Crowd
- Whole Wheat Applesauce Muffins
- Apple Strudel
- Apple Crostata
- 2 pounds apples (about 8 cups when cut up)
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
- pinch salt
- Peel and chop apples then place in slow cooker. Cut butter into chunks and place on top of apples. Sprinkle on vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Place lid on crock pot and set to 3 hours on high.
- At the end of cooking time, stir apples, mixing well. If smoother texture is desired, use a potato masher to break up apples.
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Hi Donya, can I use this recipe for canning? Thank you in advance 😉
Hey there Angie!
Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe, I think you’re going to love it! Canning is not my personal area of expertise, unfortunately I’ve never tried to can this recipe. That being said, I’ve seen other Crock Pot Apple Sauce recipes being used for canning so I think it’s definitely worth a try. Let me know how everything turns out, I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Claudine in Fort Worth, TX
Oh, YUM! I Love applesauce, especially homemade. Now a dumb question, what kind of apples would be best to use in this recipe?
Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.
Hey Claudine, no worries. I used a combination of Granny Smith and Gala. I like a little bit of tartness from the green apples. Hope this helps!
Claudiine in Fort Worth, TX
Thank you Donya! These apples are just I happen to have on hand. Now I don’t have to make a trip to buy apples,
Thank you again for all your great recipes. I do so enjoy getting your newsletter filled with delightful recipes.