Slow Cooker Applesauce (No Added Sugar)


Despite our heat wave, I’ve decided to pretend it feels like Fall and break out my slow cooker.

slow cooker applesauce in a glass jar

This homemade applesauce is the result. If you’re like me and haven’t tried making your own applesauce at home, you should really give it a shot. It’s so easy, and so delicious!

What I love about this recipe is that it’s just about as easy as it gets– the only ingredients are apples and water, and all you have to do is throw them in a slow cooker. You don’t even have to peel the apples, since leaving on the peel boosts the overall nutrition content. Once cooked, the peels become ultra soft and are easily blended into the resulting applesauce. If you have one of those handy apple corer/slicer tools, the prep work takes less than 10 minutes!

This recipe makes roughly two 16-oz jars worth of applesauce, plus a little extra that you’ll probably want to enjoy right away, so feel free to alter the quantities to fit your needs. I used Fuji apples for this batch, but my mother insists that Jonathan apples are best for making applesauce. Either way, I don’t think you can go wrong!

Slow Cooker Applesauce (No Sugar Added)
Makes about 40 ounces

Ingredients:

3 lbs. apples (Fuji, McIntosh, Jonathan, etc.)
1/2 cup water

Directions:

Prepare the apples by slicing and coring them– no need to peel, unless you want to.

slicing apples with an apple slicer

Place the sliced apples and water in the bowl of your slow cooker, then cover and set to cook on low for 6 hours, until the apples are very soft. (If you have a VitaClay, like I do, it only takes 2 hours on the “stew” setting.)

making applesauce in a slow cooker

Use an immersion blender to puree the applesauce, or transfer the apples in batches to a blender and (carefully!) blend using a dishtowel to cover the vent at the top. If you’re using a Vitamix, or another high-speed blender, be careful not to over-blend this sauce– it can become too smooth very quickly.

Store the applesauce in the fridge for a week, or freeze for up to 6 months.

4.89 from 9 votes
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Slow Cooker Applesauce (No Added Sugar)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 mins
 
An easy no-peel applesauce with no sugar added.
Course: Snack
Servings: 12
Calories: 58 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs . apples (Fuji, McIntosh, Jonathan, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Prepare the apples by slicing and coring them-- no need to peel, unless you want to.
  2. Place the sliced apples and water in the bowl of your slow cooker, then cover and set to cook on low for 6 hours, until the apples are very soft. (If you have a VitaClay, like I do, it only takes 2 hours on the "stew" setting.)
  3. Use an immersion blender to puree the applesauce, or transfer the apples in batches to a blender and (carefully!) blend using a dishtowel to cover the vent at the top. If you're using a Vitamix, or another high-speed blender, be careful not to over-blend this sauce-- it can become too smooth very quickly. Store the applesauce in the fridge for a week, or freeze for up to 6 months.

Notes:
You can spice up this applesauce by adding 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. (More or less, to taste)


Reader Feedback: Have you ever made applesauce before? What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe? I’m going to try to use mine more this season!

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Comments

Sherwood

Made this over the weekend with, if I remember correctly, 3 galas, 2 golden delicious, and 2 honey crisps. I don’t know if it’s normal or if I blended the apples too long or what, but it came out way too smooth. Almost apple buttery. I probably blended them too long, but it seemed necessary to break up the skins. Of course, I avoid using the blender at virtually all costs, so it’s pretty likely I did that part wrong. lol Tasted pretty good, though I missed out on the apple sauce texture. Might have to give it another try in the future.

Adnan Khan

Hi,

Thanks for a great recipe. I left the apples in my slow cooker on a low setting overnight and they were ready in the morning. They didn’t lose much water, maybe because of low setting? so I got the water out in a cup first before mashing the apples. Looking forward to make banana bread tonight and leftover apple juice 😀

LisaS

I made this recipe yesterday and it turned out sooo good. It was the best applesauce I have ever had and It was so simple!

Kathleen

Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I made this today using 6 Granny Smith and 5 Macintosh. It was so easy and simple and the end result was sweet, delicious applesauce. I will never buy canned sauce again, thankyou! I was looking for recipes I could make for babies since my husband and I want to start a family and I would love to make their food and this will definitely be in the mix if and when I become a mother! Thanks again!!

jojo

Hi we have none of those apples listed in the UK. We have granny smith, bramely, pink lady, braeburn, jazz and gala. Has anyone got a suggestion from these I have listed?

    Barbara

    i think every type of apple will work out fine. i added organic cinnamon to my organic apples and mineral water. first time i tried this recipe, it was excellent. liked that if could keep the apple peels on. i used the device that slices and cores at the same time, bought it at the dollar store. now cooking a pork picnic roast in the juice in the slow cooker.

Barbara

made it today it is excellent. using the juice to now cook my picnic pork with rub. thank you

Barbara

I made this recipe and wanted to make it again tonight. Found other recipes but thankfully found this one again. I did add a bit of organic cinnamon the first time and enjoyed the slight flavor. The organic apples had all the sweetness needed. I used Aqueous Mineral Water (from an artisan well). Very much like this simple recipe and very much enjoy the taste and nutrients. A great gift for my friends and neighbors as well. Thanks again. Sincerely, Barb

Jessica colton

Advice for use in an instant pot?!? SO excited to try this!!!

    Megan Gilmore

    If you have my second cookbook, No Excuses Detox, the instructions for the pressure cooker are in there! I don’t have it in front of me, but I think it’s like 10 min on high pressure? (Can’t remember if it’s quick-release or natural)

Mb

Oh my word!! Thank you so much. So easy to make and the house smelled amazing. Took another reviewer advice and drained water before I blended added cinnamon last few hours. Thanks Megan!! Love your site. Keep up the great work

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