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Crockpot Applesauce is about as classic as apple pie. Whether you enjoy it as a side dish or as an afternoon snack, there’s no denying that you’ll fall in love with this ridiculously easy recipe. Who would have thought that making your own applesauce would be so easy?

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I have to admit, I had no idea that making applesauce was this easy! Now that we’ve had homemade applesauce, I’m not sure that I will ever buy the store bought stuff again!

Crockpot homemade applesauce captures everything you love about apples, where the store bought sauces tend to be watered down and bland.

Not to mention, that it is a lot of fun to make your own snack, and since apples are so cheap right now, this is nice on the budget. You might also like Strawberry Applesauce

Can you Overcook Applesauce?

Overcooked apples are basically going to be tasteless, so you’re going to want to make sure that you don’t overdo it. Every slow cooker cooks a little bit differently, the cooking time for mine is about 6 hours on low.

To avoid overcooking your apples, test the apples after a couple of hours. Simply take a bite (they’re hot so be careful!) or crush with a spoon. If they smash down then they’re done!

What Apple Makes the Best Applesauce?

Really just about any combination of apple varieties will work to make applesauce, but some types of apple will taste better than others.

I usually like to have a mix of tart and sweet apples in mine. Granny Smith, McIntosh, Fuji, Pink Lady, Gala, Rome, and Jonagold are all great choices!

My only actual suggestion here is to avoid golden delicious or red delicious apples because they really do not have much flavor.


Crockpot Applesauce Ingredients - granny smith apples, water, sugar, lemon juice
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Juice

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Variations Ideas

  • Best Apples – Feel free to use any types of apples that you prefer. From honey crisp to Cortland apples there are many to choose from.
  • Spices – You can also change the spices by adding in nutmeg, allspice or brown sugar.
  • Citrus Flavor – I like to add fresh squeeze lemon juice as it really balances the flavors.

How to Make Crockpot Applesauce

  • Step 1 – Peel and core apples. Then chop them to chunks.
Peeling apples and dicing in bite size pieces on a cutting board
  • Step 2 – Place in crock pot with water.
Placing diced apples in the crock pot
  • Step 3 – Cook on low for 6 hours. Stir.
Topping the diced apples in the crock pot with the spices
  • Step 4 – Apples should become a sauce as you stir. If you would like a “less” chunky sauce then place in a food processor or blender.
  • Step 5 – Cool in Fridge. (I separated mine and froze into 2 containers)
  • Step 6 – Enjoy! Yep, that is it!! Did you know it was that easy?

Recipe Tips

  • Preparing apples – We recommend washing and peeling apples before dicing them. Try to dice them in about the same size pieces so they cook evenly.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary so make sure to check apples. You want to make sure that you do not overcook as it could affect the flavor of the apples.
  • Applesauce Texture – After the apples have finished cooking, you can stir together. If you prefer a less chunky applesauce, you can blend them in a blender
Close up image of applesauce in a white bowl with a bite on the spoon

Serving Suggestions

This slow cooker applesauce recipe is can be served in many different ways. You can serve it as is or over vanilla ice cream. I like to serve it for a breakfast side dish or with grilled pork chops.

Keep this simple recipe stocked in your fridge in mason jars for a healthy snack anytime of the day.

Applesauce in the slow cooker

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will homemade applesauce keep in the refrigerator?

Slow cooker applesauce will last in the refrigerator for up to 10 days if stored in an airtight container.
If you’re looking for an apple recipe to use up a lot of apples, this is it! Another thing I love about making my own applesauce is that I can control the amount of sugar that I add to it.

How to Freeze Applesauce

If you want to store the applesauce for a long time, you can also freeze it. I like to put my applesauce in a freezer bag and freeze it flat. It will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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This makes an amazing side dish recipe. Check out our other Crockpot Side Dishes. Make sure to leave us a comment if you try it.

Crockpot AppleSauce

5 from 20 votes
y this easy crockpot applesauce recipe. You really can make applesauce in the crock pot with hardly any work!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 106


  • 10 pounds apples
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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  • Peel, core and chop apples.
  • Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon on top.
  • Add the water to the crock pot.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours. Stir.
  • Apples should become a sauce as you stir. If you would like a “less” chunky sauce then place in a food processor or blender.
  • Cool in Fridge.
  • Then the apple sauce is ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This homemade applesauce makes an amazing after school snack!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 106kcal, Carbohydrates 28g, Sodium 2mg, Potassium 202mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 21g, Vitamin A 100IU, Vitamin C 8.7mg, Calcium 11mg, Iron 0.2mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    I used 3 of the 3 lb bags of apples for this recipe. That’s usually around 25-30 apples but you can use less if you like and reduce the amount of the other ingredients. Thank you!

  2. Bev McCullough says:

    How many app,es do you use. Not sure how many are 10 to 20 pounds. Dying to make this. Yummy.

  3. Carrie says:

    No, not at this time. Thank you.

  4. LeAnn L Perica says:

    do you have a good machaca beef recipe for chimichanga??