This slow cooker cinnamon applesauce is so rich and creamy. The apples get so sweet and delicious from cooking them for hours. Honestly, buying a container of applesauce is a lot easier, but for those special occasions (or because you love applesauce) try it homemade. It only takes apples and water, unless you want to get fancy and add cinnamon. There is something about homemade applesauce, it’s beyond comparison to the store-bought stuff. It has a sweeter, richer, apple flavor, but without the sugar.
How to Make the Applesauce
Lately, Royal Gala apples have been a good price at my local store so I’ve been using those to make homemade applesauce. Some other sweet apples that would work great are Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Fuji, and McIntosh. There is no need to peel the apples, the skins will break down and begin falling apart during the cooking process. Once the apples are done stewing use an immersion blender to get a smooth consistency. The apple peels will have broken down in the cooking process so they can be blended up along with the rest of the apples and all the delicious juices at the bottom of the pot.
The amount of water needed really depends on your desired consistency and how hot your slow cooker runs. A ¼ cup worked great for my batches, but I prefer thicker applesauce. For thinner applesauce then use a ½ cup of water. If you know your slow cooker runs hot then check after about four hours to see if there is still liquid at the bottom of the pot. The apples will be releasing a lot of liquid too.
I don’t add sugar, because apples are naturally sweet and the cooking process just concentrates those natural sugars. Of course, if you use a more tart apple the applesauce won’t be as sweet. The homemade applesauce will last a least a week in the refrigerator and it freezes well. Lemon juice is an optional ingredient, it cuts through the sweetness and adds a bit of freshness to the dish.
I hope you enjoy the slow cooker cinnamon applesauce, it’s perfect for fall!
You also might enjoy my recipe for a 5-minute apple cinnamon oatmeal, it’s also perfect for fall and when you need a quick breakfast.Print
Easy homemade slow cooker cinnamon applesauce that's sweet, creamy, and only three ingredients.
- 3 pounds or about 9 medium apples cored and sliced
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks
- ¼-½ water (see note below)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
- Core and slice the apples.
- Add the apples, cinnamon, water, and lemon juice to a slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks (if using) before blending.
- Use an immersion to blend smooth or in a blender (see note below).
The amount of water you need depends on your desired consistency and how hot your slow cooker is. For thicker applesauce start with ¼ cup, and for thinner applesauce go with ½ cup. It may not seem like much liquid but your apples will be releasing liquid and stew in their own juices.
When blending hot liquid, don't fill your blender all the way full and vent the cap to release some of the pressure. A clean kitchen towel works well to cover the opening from the removed cap.
- Category: Side Dish, Snack
- Method: slow cooker
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: How to make apple sauce