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How To Make Slow Cooker Applesauce

September 28, 2019

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.

Why Make Applesauce in the Slow Cooker?

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!

Applesauce made in the crockpot


How to Make Slow Cooker Applesauce

This recipe couldn’t be easier! First things first, get some fresh, crispy fall apples!

1) Add your apples to your slow cooker or crockpot. Optional: peel apples – if you leave the skins on (like I do) then you’ll need to blend at the end

2) Add your water and spices to the slow cooker or crockpot

3) Cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low

4) If skins are on use a blender or immersion blender to blend smooth

Will keep for up to one week and freezes well.


Slow Cooker Applesauce

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 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


  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.

*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.

How to make slow cooker applesauce

Like this Slow Cooker Applesauce recipe? Here are a few others you might enjoy:

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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal


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    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 🙂

    • Reply
      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!

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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!

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      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?

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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.

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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.

    • Reply
      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 🙂

    • Reply
      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 😀

    • Reply
      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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    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 looks fantastic!!!!

    • Reply
      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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    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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    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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    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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    September 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Can this applesauce be canned?

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    September 24, 2018 at 8:22 pm


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    September 24, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    can i put protien powder in this and whey milk?

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    September 23, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    How long does this stay good if it’s in the fridge?

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