Slow-Cooker Applesauce

by Holly on October 4, 2011

in Nourish

Autumn has official arrived. The weather of jeans and hooded sweatshirts has graced the Midwest. It’s apple time.

For the past several years we have been picking apples each fall at the local orchard with my in-laws. We have come to a point where we bring home half a bushel for our little family of three (now four!). That’s quite a few apples for a smaller family to eat without doing something interesting to them.


One of my favorite things to do with apples is make homemade applesauce. In a slow cooker. So easy. So delicious.

I love to eat it warm with a pat of butter on top.

We Crave: Slowcooker Applesauce
  • 10-12 medium apples—peeled, cored, sliced/chunked
  • 1/8 cup each white and brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 TB lemon juice
  1. Toss it all in the slowcooker.
  2. Give it a stir.
  3. Cook 8 or so hours on low.
  4. Mash with an immersion blender to desired consistency.

What are your favorite ways to eat apples?

Holly teaches design at a small NW Ohio college. She spends her days off hanging out with her foxy musician husband and their gorgeous new baby and ridiculously smart pre-school aged son. Holly has a passion for food, photography, beautiful letter forms, and the possibilities that can be found in a single sheet of well made paper. You can read more from Holly on her blog, Artist Mother Teacher.


Daisy October 4, 2011 at 7:15 am

Yum, I’ll be making this immediately. Sore throat + an abundance of apples!

Ashley October 4, 2011 at 7:59 am

I like sliced apples and peanut butter. Even better, warm the peanut butter & pour over the apple slices. ZOMG

Plan to try the applesauce this fall!

Amanda October 4, 2011 at 8:40 am

Oh My God, I never thought of that….and I have homemade peanut butter right now. Excuse me….I have to go do….stuff.

Rachel October 4, 2011 at 10:03 am

LOVE. In my area fall is all about apples. Apple Harvest Festival, Apple Butter Festival, etc. etc. And I must admit, being surrounded by orchards isn’t exactly a hardship. I’m excited to make apple sauce with my favorite apple – honey crisp. Unless I’m in the mood for something a little more tart, in which case my favorite apple then becomes a mutsu.

Lisha October 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

I, too, am an apples-and-peanut butter fan!

Erin October 5, 2011 at 9:31 am

can you can/jar this applesauce? Can you tell me how?

Kari October 6, 2011 at 12:08 am

I make this, put in jars/containers, let it cool and freeze it! So yummy!

Denver Tilly November 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I like your opinion on this topic, will bookmark for future visits!

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