The Best Slow Cooker Applesauce

I’ve been making this applesauce recipe every fall for years now and it never fails to please. It is perfect for making in large batches and canning for long term storage.  This year, I’ve got one new, little mouth to feed and he’ll be ready for solids soon. I’ll
definitely be making a less spicy version for the little guy.  apples

This recipe is about as easy as opening a jar from the store thanks to the slow cooker. The difference is this homemade sauce yields far more delicious results and has more fiber, vitamins, minerals then any of its store-bought counterparts. Plus, you now have something to do with all of those extra apples!

Homemade Applesauce Recipe:

What you’ll need:

  • One 5 pound bag of apples/15-18 small/8-10 large (A sweeter, juicier variety of apples is best like Gala, Fugi, McIntosh, or some combination of these)
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 teaspoon dried cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup 100% orange juice (can substitute with water)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or brown sugar
What to do:
1. Wash and quarter the apples, leaving the skin on (it will soften and add flavor and nutrition to the end product)
2. Add all ingredients to a large Crockpot*
3. Cook on high for 3 hours, or low overnight/or throughout the day.
4. Remove the cinnamon sticks and use a potato masher or fork to mash the ingredients. The apples should break apart easily.
5. Serve warm or chilled!
*Note: I’ve tried making this with the Instant Pot and while you will definitely cook down the apples very quickly, the flavor seems to get a little washed out. The slow cooker is my appliance of choice for this recipe.
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What recipes are you making with apples this fall?
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