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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The applesauce surrounded by fresh cinnamon sticks and apples.

Slow Cooker Applesauce

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 cups


  • 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.


Serving: 1/2 Cup | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g
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