Slow Cooker Maple Applesauce

Today’s post is short and sweet because that’s just what this recipe is!  If you think making homemade applesauce is more of a process than going to the store to buy a jar, I am here to respectfully tell you you are wrong.  All it takes is a few minutes of prep work and the slow cooker does the rest.  It’s as easy as that and you’ve got homemade applesauce packed with pure flavors and free of preservatives, just ready for eating on its own or using in baked goods.

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slow cooker applesauce

Slow Cooker Maple Applesauce

and “Apple a Day” original


12 c. apples, peeled and cut into 1-in. pieces (about 12 medium apples)

2 TBSP maple syrup

1 TBSP lemon juice

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. freshly-grated nutmeg

pinch of salt


1.  Put all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to evenly disperse syrup, lemon juice, and spices.  Turn slow cooker to medium-high setting and let cook, undisturbed, 2-4 hours, depending on desired consistency.  For chunky applesauce, check apples at 2 hours.  If you can mash the largest pieces with a fork, it is ready.  If not, allow to cook 30 minutes more then check again.  For smooth applesauce, let cook up to 4 hours.  Puree in a food processor, if desired.  Keep in the refrigerator up to one week.

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  1. Suzy Q
    October 18, 2011 / 10:58 am

    Homemade applesauce rocks! Once you have it you'll never eat the kind from a jar again!tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. Cedar Ridge Studio
    October 18, 2011 / 11:23 am

    I just bought 2.5 bushels of apples. I was thinking of trying the slow cooker. I will. thanks doe the ideaMary Ann

  3. Cedar Ridge Studio
    October 18, 2011 / 11:24 am


  4. Sandra
    October 18, 2011 / 12:22 pm

    I love making homemade applesauce and my son loves it too!

  5. That Girl
    October 18, 2011 / 3:32 pm

    I don't even bother with the slow cooker, I just make it stovetop.

  6. Kelsey
    October 18, 2011 / 4:01 pm

    That Girl, the stove top would definitely be another option. Just as easy, too!

  7. life and kitchen
    October 18, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    I love warm homemade applesauce! lifeandkitchen at

  8. Heather Lynne
    October 18, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    I love slow cooker applesauce. The addition of maple sounds lovely.

  9. All Things Yummy
    October 18, 2011 / 11:03 pm

    Yum I love homemade applesauce. Makes the house smell delicious.

  10. MrsSisler
    October 19, 2011 / 12:57 am

    Looks delicious, Kelsey!

  11. Erin C
    October 19, 2011 / 1:36 am

    I keep looking for new recipes for the slow cooker… will try this. Thanks!

  12. Alex
    October 19, 2011 / 2:04 am

    Never thought of the slow cooker for apple sauce, but it makes so much sense! To me, apple sauce goes (only?) with pork …odd isn't it?

  13. ErinsFoodFiles
    October 19, 2011 / 3:46 pm

    I love homemade apple sauce! And your addition of maple syrup sounds delicious!

  14. Hooker Next Door
    October 19, 2011 / 4:39 pm

    Mmmm I have so many apples this year and I've been trying to broaden my apple recipe horizons. This will be perfect! 🙂 bridget soup at yahoo . com

  15. Natalie
    October 19, 2011 / 5:19 pm

    Realized I forgot to comment yesterday for the Bon Appetit giveaway! 🙂

  16. Ashley's Cooking Adventures
    October 20, 2011 / 5:57 am

    Applesauce in a crock pot? That is just plain smart. Applesauce with maple? Genius!

  17. Paige
    October 20, 2011 / 1:29 pm

    Mmm maple syrup sounds so good in this! Wish I would have thought of that (or read this blog post) before I made mine on Tuesday!

  18. Lynsey
    October 20, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    I am loving the week of apple recipes. My son LOVES apples, in any form, can't wait to make this for

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