Slow Cooker Applesauce

Slow Cooker Applesauce, Super Easy, Paleo, Grain-Free, No Sugar, from The Well Fed Homestead

by brenda on November 11, 2010

This time of year our house often smells better than any Yankee Candle scent I’ve ever smelled! Why? We’ve got slow cooker applesauce creating wonderful aromas in our home!!

This is so easy, if you’re not making it yet, I encourage you to try it!


All you need is:

~Apples (how many? Depends on the size of your slow cooker. Mine fits around 13 to 15 apples)

~Cinnamon (optional)

~Lemon Juice (optional)


I don’t peel my apples. I just use an apple corer slicer tool and plop the slices right into my slow cooker. Farm Boy 1 (9 years old) did this part this morning. 🙂

I sprinkle a tiny bit of cinnamon over the whole thing. Some people add lemon juice to keep the apples from discoloring, but a light brown applesauce seems normal to me anyways, and I don’t like adding tartness when it isn’t necessary. I guess you could add honey, if you like things really sweet, but again, it isn’t necessary. You could add nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger–you could get creative if you want to. I just stick to plain-jane cinnamon applesauce.

I turn the slow cooker on low all day. Today it got started at around 10 am, and the apples were tender and ready by dinner time. I’ve also started it in the evening so that we could wake up to warm applesauce. A delightful breakfast! 🙂

When the apples are soft, I use a stick blender to puree it so that the apple peels disappear. If you don’t have a stick blender, you might want to peel the apples before you put them into your slow cooker in the morning and use a potato masher at the end of the day.

That’s it! Oi la! YUMMY, fragrant, and so perfect this time of year! Don’t eat a bowl of ice cream while you sit down to watch your favorite show in the evening, eat applesauce! (Trust me, it’s way better than the bottled stuff–it really is like dessert!) 🙂 🙂


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Nikki Raichart November 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Adding vanilla to applesauce is a yummy variation too!


brenda November 13, 2010 at 8:46 am

Oh yummy! Gotta try that! Thanks Nikki!


Jenni November 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Good idea! we’ve been making ours on the stove but this seems more aromatic and you don’t have to watch it as much!


Jenni November 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Can you post the directions for making your own yogurt in the crockpot sometime?


brenda November 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

Jenni, when I learn it, I will! 🙂 I don’t usually make it in the crockpot. I have before, but it turned out runnier. I think it would be difficult to do for 24 hour yogurt, since the crock pot process involves turning it off and wrapping it with a towel to keep in the warmth for several hours…, I’m not sure if it could stay warm long enough. Hope that helps! 🙂


Jenni November 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I wasn’t sure it would stay warm long enough either. Where do you ferment yours? We currently leave the milk in a pan with the lid on, surround it with towels, put it in a cooler, stick it in the tub, and turn the heat lamp on in the bathroom. Its worked so far.

I’m curious how you make yours. We’ve been using the recipe in the GAPS book.


shelmama December 13, 2010 at 1:11 am

I tried this today, I didn’t remember your exact recipe and so I added a cup of water. The water made it a bit runny but it reminded me of the chunky applesauce from Trader Joe’s. I will try it next time without water. I also added 3 cinnamon sticks… it was delicious and my home smelled yummy Glade eat your heart out. Thanks for this wonderful recipe I will be using my crockpot more often just for this. It was so good my husband says I shouldn’t get store bought applesauce again.


alex at a moderate life January 12, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Hi Brenda! Right now my slow cooker is full of bones for stock, but when its done, I might just make this apple sauce! I love eating it with pork and also my kids adore it with their lunches. Thanks for linking to the hearth and soul hop this week. In the future though we respectfully ask for one link per blog only. All the best! Alex


brenda January 17, 2011 at 8:12 am

Alex, I hope you enjoyed the applesauce! I will make sure to post only one at a time from now on! Thank you for letting me know! 🙂


Jill January 31, 2011 at 9:48 am

Hi Brenda,
I love this applesauce recipe! I usually make it in a stock pot. I was wondering if you think someone on GAPS/SCD could tolerate the skins after they are pureed. I ususaly srain the apple sauce through a mush trainer and it is very labor intensive. What do you think? Thanks! Jill


Cathy July 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

We had this for breakfast this morning, it’s so delicious! I’ve started adding a big chunk of butter to each bowl as I serve it. It’s really, really good 🙂


brenda July 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Cathy, sounds so good! Butter makes everything better! 🙂


SM September 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

Your kids are so adorable! I love seeing their pictures! Our second baby is due Feb 2013 and our late talking little boy for whom we are doing GAPS turns three in March. Waiting for his constipation to clear up and then I will know we are on the right track. 🙂


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