Homemade slow cooker applesauce is easy, convenient and delicious! Just put your cut up apples into the slow cooker and check back on them later. You control the levels of sugar or cinnamon in the applesauce (maybe none!), and can make it as chunky or smooth as your family likes!
Determining the sweetness of the apples and the amount of sugar to use doesn’t have to occur in the beginning of cooking. Test the flavor of the apples as they soften later, then add sugar accordingly. I didn’t add any sugar to mine until close to the end of cooking, when I realized my sweet apples were actually a little bit sour. A small sprinkle of sugar and another half hour of cooking made all the difference.
Applesauce makes a nice addition to your everyday meals and snacks, as well as a nice side dish on the holiday table. Kids love applesauce, too! Adults can use it to top other foods (like Hanukkah latkes) or as a nice sweet side dish to an otherwise savory meal.
This straightforward recipe would be fun to make with the kids on the weekends and might become a staple in your house. If you’re looking for other apple or pear recipes, you might be interested in Holiday Pear Sauce, Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears, or this pretty German Apple Cake.
The amount of applesauce this recipe yields depends on the size of your apples. When I make it, I typically get 3 to 4 cups of applesauce.
GLUTEN FREE OPTION: This applesauce will be gluten free if you use a gluten free cinnamon.