The Best Homemade Applesauce You Will Ever Taste Can Be Made In A Slow Cooker

applesauce in the slow cooker

Makes just over 4 cups

What You Need


  • 6 large apples, any variety (approximately 3 pounds)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, optional
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Vegetable peeler
  • Chef’s knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cup
  • Slow cooker
  • Immersion blender (optional)


1. Peel and chop the apples: Peel the apples with the vegetable peeler, then cut them into quarters and slice out the cores. Roughly chop apples into 1- to 2-inch pieces, depending on how chunky you prefer your applesauce.

2. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of the slow cooker, and close the lid.

3. Cook the applesauce: Cook on high for 4 hours, stirring twice during cooking.

4. Puree the applesauce, optional: If you like chunky applesauce, you can skip this step altogether. But it you prefer a more smooth texture, remove the cinnamon stick, then use an immersion blender to puree the applesauce until it reaches the consistency you like.

5. Cool and store: Cool the applesauce, then divide between several containers. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes:
If you’re using an Instant Pot to make this slow-cooker applesauce, set the machine to Slow Cooker once the ingredients have been added, increase the heat level to “More,” adjust the cook time to 4 hours, then seal the lid.


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