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Slow Cooker Applesauce + 5 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

September 28, 2015

All you need are two ingredients (apples and cinnamon) and your slow cooker to make this super easy and sugar-free slow cooker applesauce recipe! Perfect for Fall snacking or to use in baked goods!

All you need are two ingredients (apples and cinnamon) and your slow cooker to make this super easy and sugar-free slow cooker applesauce recipe! Perfect for Fall snacking or to use in baked goods!I’ll never forget my first kitchen gadget. My Mom bought me a slow cooker while I was living in NYC and it literally changed my life. Suddenly I could cook food while I was at work and make all of the slow cooker recipes I was seeing over on my favorite blogs. I pretty much haven’t stopped using it since it was gifted to me.

This post is pretty much a testament to the fact that there is almost nothing you can’t make in a slow cooker. It’s a powerhouse tool that I can say with certainty is a worthy investment. If you don’t have one, this post will convince you to buy one. And if you don’t have the budget right now (think $30-$50…not bad!), then you’re in luck! Hamilton Beach is sponsoring a giveaway for SIX slow cookers. BOOYAH. Now begin salivating…

All you need are two ingredients (apples and cinnamon) and your slow cooker to make this super easy and sugar-free slow cooker applesauce recipe! Perfect for Fall snacking or to use in baked goods!
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Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu - 700-3Taylor from Food Faith Fitness combined pumpkin with an epic slow cooker recipe! This tender, paleo slow cooker roast beef is mixed with pumpkin and salsa and then shredded! It’s perfect in tacos or on a salad for a healthy, weeknight meal, that is full of fall flavor!

Get the recipe –> HERE

slow-cooker-roast-beef-photographNow onto my slow cooker applesauce recipe! I love this recipe for several reasons:

1) It’s as hands-off as you want it to be! If you just want to chop the apples and then throw them in the slow cooker, skins on and everything you can do that. If you like it chunky, no need to blend! So basically all you really need is a slow cooker and some apples.

2) It’s highly customizable. I like cinnamon because life deserves to be coated in cinnamon but I love a good dash of nutmeg too. You could get a bit crazy and throw some apple pie spice in there are some maple syrup for a maple-flavor. Dream big, my friends!

All you need are two ingredients (apples and cinnamon) and your slow cooker to make this super easy and sugar-free slow cooker applesauce recipe! Perfect for Fall snacking or to use in baked goods!

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Slow Cooker Applesauce

Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs
Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 9 medium apples (I used McIntosh), peeled if desired, and chopped*
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • optional: pinch of nutmeg or other spices

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
  2. If you prefer your applesauce chunky, leave as is and store in the refrigerator.
  3. If you left skins on or prefer smooth applesauce, blend with an immersion blender or regular blender in batches.

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Notes

*I like keeping the skins on for added fiber and nutrition but typically blend them in at the end. If you don't have a blender, I'd recommend peeling the apples.

All you need are two ingredients (apples and cinnamon) and your slow cooker to make this super easy and sugar-free slow cooker applesauce recipe! Perfect for Fall snacking or to use in baked goods!Don’t have a slow cooker but want to make some of these awesome recipes?! Good news! One lucky winner will go home with their very own slow cooker from Hamilton Beach! Each blogger is giving away one so that means you have SIX chances to win! This is not to miss.

*Giveaway is open to US residents and will run until Friday October 2nd, 2015. Good luck!

 

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Hamilton Beach.

What was your first kitchen gadget investment? What are some of your favorite slow cooker recipes?

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  • Reply
    rachel @ athletic avocado
    September 28, 2015 at 7:17 am

    making applesauce in the slow cooker is one of my favorite things ever to make. It’s so darn easy, tasty, healthy and the whole house smells like apple pie 🙂
    rachel @ athletic avocado recently posted…Sweet Potato Spice Frozen Latte

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 29, 2015 at 6:16 am

      The house smelling amazing is a total bonus! I LOVE that!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    September 28, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Can you believe that I’ve never actually made my own applesauce? I know, BAD FOOD BLOGGER!
    I love that this is only two ingredients and I bet it makes your house smell amazing! Pinned!
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness recently posted…Paleo Shredded Slow Cooker Roast Beef with Pumpkin and Salsa + A Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup and GIVEAWAY!

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    allison wever
    September 28, 2015 at 9:12 am

    my favorite thing to make in the slow cooker is bbq pulled chicken. love the recipes on your site!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      September 28, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Aw thank you Allison! Slow Cooker BBQ pulled chicken is awesome!

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    September 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

    My problem with a slow cooker is that I have this fear (maybe irrational) that if there is any appliance plugged in while I’M away from home, any accident can happen: it overheats, boils, burns, etc. I’ve never tried a slow cooker but keep seeing all these amazing recipes. So reassure me, tell me, there are no safety risks with slow cookers?
    Stella @ Stellicious Life recently posted…Gorgonzola Peach and Blueberries Crostini

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      Stella @ Stellicious Life
      September 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Another concern of mine is that slowcookers need to go for hours usually, and that always make me wonder that doesn’t it take too much energy consumption? The frugal and environment conscious in me has all these nagging concerns sorry.
      Stella @ Stellicious Life recently posted…Gorgonzola Peach and Blueberries Crostini

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        Davida Kugelmass
        September 29, 2015 at 6:18 am

        Most come with timers so it will automatically turn off when your food is done! No need to worry about unnecessary energy consumption or having the equipment running while you’re gone 🙂

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    Dani @ Dani California Cooks
    September 28, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Yum!! I am always looking for non-shredded chicken things to make in my slow cooker.
    Dani @ Dani California Cooks recently posted…White Bean and Basil Nourish Bowls (vegan, gluten free)

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      yeahhhhhh I agree! Besides soups and chicken people don’t really know what to do with their slow cookers! Glad you got some good ideas 🙂

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    She Rocks Fitness
    September 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I love my slow cooker and cannot wait to start using it again this winter. It is so easy and so convenient and perfect for those cold winter nights when you are feeling super lazy…Thanks for sharing these!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 28, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Agreed! It’s the most convenient kitchen gadget ever!

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    September 28, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Why haven’t I made slow cooker applesauce yet?! I seriously need to. And then I shall make cookies with them! Yesssss.
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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    September 28, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I feel dumb but I seriously never knew how easy it was to make applesauce if this is all you have to do! So doing this 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 29, 2015 at 6:20 am

      It’s so easy I kind of feel bad that I posted it as a recipe haha

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    September 29, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I’ve literally been checking daily for the redesign haha. Is that weird?
    Anyway, LOVE the colours 😀
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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Awwww you’re too cute! Thanks so much! It’s been a few months in the making but I am so happy about it 🙂

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    Michaela
    September 30, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Davida! This is great, as I apple sauce is quite difficult to find where I live. Saving this recipe, will be needed soon! Thank you 🙂
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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    October 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    i havent been in your blog in a while..it looks fantastic!!!!
    dixya | food, pleasure, and health recently posted…Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Cups

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 1, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Aw thanks, lady! I actually just made the change so you’re not late to the game 😉

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    Carleigh
    August 8, 2016 at 8:38 am

    How is it best to store the apple sauce? It seems like it yields a nice large amount, but I just have one little one. Do I freeze it? How long would it keep in a glass container/ mason jar in the fridge? Thanks! 🙂

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    Jodi
    September 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    How many oz. do you estimate 9 medium apples would be? Ball park figure? I have 4 huge apples and I was thinking maybe I need to adjust the amount of water?

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    Meredith
    September 13, 2016 at 4:50 am

    I have the smallest size of the slow cooker’s out there and I was wondering how customize the recipe. How big is your slow cooker?

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    Krista
    September 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Can this applesauce be canned?

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