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Slow Cooker Applesauce

This cinnamon spiced slow cooker applesauce is simple and sweet. We used pantry staples to create a tasty snack your whole family will love!

A few years ago, Kim and I were in a recipe swap group. A blogger would create one of our recipes and we would create one of theirs.

One such occasion involved a slow cooker applesauce. It was such a tasty recipe back then and it’s still tasty today.

Today’s post was originally adapted from Aileen Cooks’ crockpot applesauce recipe. We hope you love it as much as we do!

The applesauce surrounded by fresh cinnamon sticks and apples.
Ground cinnamon adds a touch of spice to this delicious applesauce.

If you have a pressure cooker, you can make a similar sauce using our Instant Pot applesauce recipe.

Also, you don’t have to use the same apples we used. As long as you have about 3.5 lbs. of apples, you should be good to go.

An aerial view of the sauce served in a bowl.
The sugar is optional, you could use honey, agave nectar, or any artificial sweetener you want.

How to make applesauce in a slow cooker?

First, properly wash and dry the apples. After that, peel and core them.

Dice the apples into 1-inch pieces and place them into a large mixing bowl.

Diced apples on a cutting board surrounded by ingredients.
Make sure to peel the apples before tossing them with the spices.

After that, gently toss the apples with lemon juice. Doing so, keeps the flavors fresh for days.

Next, toss the fruit with the cinnamon and sugar.

Apples tossed with lemon juice, cinnamon, and sugar.
Once the apples have been tossed with spice, it’s time to cook them.

At this point, you can transfer the diced apples to your slow cooker.

Add the water and cook them on low heat for about 4-hours. Or, you can cook the applesauce on high heat for 2-hours.

The fruit has been transferred to the slow cooker.
Don’t forget to add the water; otherwise, the applesauce could burn.

Then, once the diced apples have cooked, turn off the heat and use a potato masher to mash the apples into a sauce.

Last, let the sauce cool and pour it into a container with a lid. The applesauce will hold in a sealed container, in your fridge, for up to 3-days.

The apples have cooked and are ready to mash.
If you don’t have a potato masher, a kitchen fork may work.

Kim and I hope you enjoy the slow cooker applesauce and we wish you all the best 🙂

Don’t forget to check the website Aileen Cooks for more tasty recipe ideas!

The apples have been mashed into a sauce.
Once the sauce cools, it’s ready to serve!

Recipe Tips:

  • You don’t have to use granulated sugar. Natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar will work in this recipe.
  • Love Fall flavors, then consider adding ground nutmeg, clove, or even apple pie spice to the recipe.
  • In a pinch refrigerated lemon concentrate will work in place of fresh lemon juice. However, I would only use 1-teaspoon instead of 1-tablespoon.
A close-up view of the finished sauce.
This sauce can be used as a topping for pancakes or simply enjoyed on its own.

Not sure what to do with all those apples? Then consider making a fresh apple cake!

Yield: 8 cups

Slow Cooker Applesauce

The applesauce surrounded by fresh cinnamon sticks and apples.

This slow cooker applesauce is simple and sweet. We used granulated sugar and ground cinnamon to bring out all the flavors of Fall!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 3 Fuji Apples
  • 5 Gala Apples
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 Cup to 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt


Core, peel, and dice apples into 1 inch pieces. and place them in a large mixing bowl.

Toss apples with lemon juice, then toss apples with cinnamon, salt, and sugar.

Add the water and place mixture in crock pot and cook on low heat for 4 hours.

Once they're done cooking, mash the apples into an applesauce.

Serve warm as a sauce or let cool and serve as a side.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1/2 cup of applesauce. Actual calories will vary.

1-cup of water creates a loose applesauce. 1/2-cup of water creates a thick and chunky applesauce.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 Cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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