This slow-cooker apple sauce is made with only a few simple ingredients. easy to make and full of delicious apple, brown sugar, and pumpkin spice flavors. Once you make homemade, you will never go back to store-bought.
Fall is my favorite of the seasons, and it’s hard to believe it’s right around the corner. The leaves are already starting to change and we are having some cooler weather, and this is always a clear sign that it’s time to start thinking about delicious apple desserts. Nothing is better than a nice slice of homemade apple pie or apple crisp.
Now, when you go to your local orchard farmer, there are so many varieties of apples that it is hard to choose. But one great way to use any apple you get is to make homemade apple sauce. There are a few different ways to create your apple sauce. You can do it on top of the stove, which you have to keep a close eye on so that the bottom of the pot does not burn, or you can put your apples and a few simple ingredients into a crock pot and leave it to rot and enjoy the delicious aroma of apples and warming spices. This is the recipe I will be sharing with you today.
Why We Love This Homemade Apple Sauce
- Flavor The difference in flavor between homemade and store-bought is impressive, and then you know everything that has gone into your apple sauce, which is reassuring.
- Easy and convenient I used always to make apple sauce on the stovetop, but once I learned to make it in the slow cooker, I moved on to just doing it this way. Place everything in the slow cooker and walk away instead of having to sit and stir for hours.
- Simple ingredients This recipe uses simple ingredients for your homemade apple sauce (apples, cinnamon, and sugar).
Best Apples for homemade applesauce
When it comes to homemade apple sauce, you really cannot go wrong with the type of apple you use. But not all apples have the same flavor; just go with the one you like the best. I hope this guide below will help you choose the best apple for your homemade apple sauce.
- Very Sweet – Gala, Fuji, Honey crisp, Ambrosia
- Mildly Sweet – Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, sweet Tango
- Sweet-Tart – Cameo, Jonagold, Lady Alice
- Look for apples with a flavor that is both sweet and tart, and you want an apple with a thinner skin so that it breaks down easier.
- Macintosh is an excellent choice for an apple; it’s soft and sweet. It breaks down well when it’s cooked.
- If you’re only using one kind of apple, honey crisp, Fuji, Pink Lady, Gala, and Jonagold are all great choices.
- The apples I try to avoid for apple sauce are red delicious or golden delicious; they are firmer, don’t break down as quickly, and lack the flavor of the other apples.
- I like to mix the tart apples, like Granny Smith, with a sweeter apple, like a gala or pink lady, to help balance the flavor.
Ingredients for apple sauce
- Apples I love to use a mixture of apples; each apple has its flavor, whether it’s sweetness or a little tartness. I like to use Macintosh or Gala for the sweetness and Granny Smith for some tartness. Refer to the list above for a lot of great apple choices.
- Cinnamon I like to use cinnamon, or my favorite thing to do lately is to use fall spice or pumpkin spice; they both have a great combination of spices that complement apple sauce beautifully.
- Sugar When it comes to your apple sauce, sugar can be omitted, or you can sweeten it with sugar, brown sugar, or honey. Depending on the apples you use, sugar is sometimes not even necessary.
- Lemon juice helps to brighten and balance out the flavors but you can also use just fresh lemon peel and it works well too.
How to make Crockpot Applesauce
- Slice, peel, and core the apples and then slice them into fourths, and place them into the crockpot. Note: You can leave the peels on if you want.
- Mix water, cinnamon, and sugar and pour over apples.
- Cook Set the crock pot on the high setting for 3–4 hours, or until the apples are very soft.
- Blend Allow the apples to slightly cool, and then mash with a potato masher or place in a blender if you want a smoother texture. I will sometimes run it through a food mill for a nice, smooth texture as well.
Ways to use Applesauce
I like to use apple sauce in a variety of ways. Eating it on its own is great, and kids love it that way, or I like to serve it on the side of a potato pancake or apple fritter. Also, you can add just a little bit of apple sauce to a muffin, and it will give it a nice moist texture.
- Potato pancake
- Zucchini fritters
- Cranberry orange muffins
- pumpkin muffins
- Carrot zucchini muffins
Tips and Suggestions for Apple Sauce
- Apples The size of apples does matter. You want around 6 cups or 12 medium apples weighing around 4-5 pounds in total.
- Consistency If you want a smoother apple sauce, you will want to place it in a blender, or you can use an immersion blender right in the crock pot (which can be quite handy). For an apple sauce with a little more of a chunky consistency, you can use a potato masher instead.
- Sweetness I like to use a small amount of sugar to get the perfect sweetness. Depending on the sweetness of your apples, I like to start with a small amount, like 1/4 cup of sugar, and then test and adjust as needed. If you want a sugar-free version, just omit the sugar.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to store homemade apple sauce?
You should place your homemade apple sauce in an airtight container. You can also make a large batch and can it into jars so you have a jar ready when you need it.
Can you freeze the apple sauce?
Yes, you can freeze the apples. Place them in an airtight container with a little bit of room for expansion. Then allow it to come to room temperature when you’re ready to enjoy it.
What else can I add to this apple sauce?
There are a few different ways to switch up this recipe, try adding maple syrup, or dried fruits like apricots or cranberries.
Easy Crockpot Apple Sauce
- 8 large Apples
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon or apple spice
- ½ cup water
- ½ tsp vanilla optional
- Peel, core, and dice the apples; discard peel and core.
- Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker; stir to mix.
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6 hours.
- When done, use a potato masher or immersion blender to reach the desired consistency.
- Serve and enjoy!