Crock-Pot Applesauce (No Sugar Added)

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According to Merriam-Webster crock-pot is a hyphenated word, did you know that? I had to look it up since my spell-check always tells me I made a mistake when I write “crockpot”, but “crock pot” just seems funny, and I know not everyone uses the phrase “slow cooker”. I’m glad we all learned something today.

Organic Apples

One of the things I’ve been most excited about having a “real fall” is apple picking. We did go once in California, and I loved it, but there’s something about the idea of picking apples on a crisp cool day that seems so very “autumn” to me and it was a non-negotiable thing we had to do this season. So we headed out to a lovely 250+ year old farm nearby to pick apples and a perfect little pumpkin. Even though Princess is still a little young for apple picking, she seemed to enjoy it, and I like to feel as if maybe the time she spends shopping at farmer’s markets, visiting farms, and making things from scratch will help her in the long run to make conscientious food choices. She’s only 9 months old though, so I’m probably getting a little ahead of myself.

Apple Picking

If you are curious, she is wearing my necklace. Darling girl has a love for jewelry like her mama.

Slow Cooker ApplesauceBack to the apples, we picked just over 10 pounds of assorted apples, and I had my first actually delicious Red Delicious apple. Fresh Red Delicious taste absolutely nothing like the sandy-textured rather bland monsters you buy at the grocery store. All the apple varieties we picked, which I don’t remember, tasted wonderful, and more importantly, were grown without pesticides and other icky things.

Organic homemade applesauce

I have plans for all 10 pounds of apples, but the first thing I chose to make was this applesauce. First of all because it takes no time at all, second because it’s a great snack/condiment/side, and third because I have plans to make things that require applesauce.

Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

Given how popular this has been in our house, I will be procuring more apples and making another batch or two for the freezer before apple season is over. You’ll be surprised at how easy this is to make and will never buy applesauce again, pinkie promise.

You can cook the apples over the stove, but I like using my crock-pot because I think it gives the natural sweetness a little more time develop so you don’t have to add any sugar to the recipe. I don’t add any butter either, just four ingredients and that’s it. You don’t even have to use a specific blend of apples. I like to use a blend of sweet and tart apples, you may feel free to do whatever makes you happy.

Homemade slow cooker apple sauce recipe

If you can though, head to a local farm before the season is over and pick your own. It’s not only a fun experience, but you support a local producer, and you’ll end up with some of the best-tasting apples you’ve ever enjoyed.

Crock-Pot Applesauce (No Sugar Added)
 
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Making homemade applesauce is an easy and delicious way to enjoy one of autumn's best fruits!
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Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs fresh apples
  • ¼ c water or no-sugar added juice of your choice
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks (optional)
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry your apples.
  2. Peel, core and slice the apples, placing them into the slow cooker as you go.
  3. Toss the apple sliced with the fresh lemon juice, then add the water (or juice), pinch of salt, and cinnamon sticks (optional).
  4. Set the slow cooker to high for 2-2.5 hours or low 4-4.5 hours or until apples are tender and cooked through.
  5. Use a potato masher or food processor to reach the desired consistency and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze for later.

 

Slow Cooker Apple Sauce Recipe with NO SUGAR added! So easy to make and healthy! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

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20 Comments on Crock-Pot Applesauce (No Sugar Added)

  1. Maria
    October 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm (6 months ago)

    Can I can this applesauce? I want to get started right away.
    Thank you, Maria

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    • Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      October 4, 2016 at 11:40 pm (6 months ago)

      Yes, you absolutely may can this applesauce! I can mine in half pint jars in a water bath for 10 minutes and it turns out great. 🙂

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  2. Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe
    September 27, 2016 at 8:36 am (6 months ago)

    I have always wanted to go apple picking Mary – it looks like so much fun! Plus having all of those apples would give me so many fall recipe ideas!

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  3. Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
    September 25, 2016 at 10:19 pm (6 months ago)

    I’m not usually a huge apple sauce fan but this recipe looks amazing. I love that there’s no sugar added!

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  4. Whitney
    September 24, 2016 at 7:07 pm (6 months ago)

    I really need to start slow cooking. I don’t do it often enough. I’d love to make applesauce and apple butter. I like how there’s no added sugar, with the tip of cooking them in the slow cooker gives them an additional sweetness.

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    • Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      September 24, 2016 at 9:37 pm (6 months ago)

      Slow cooking is still a pretty seasonal thing for me. It also keeps me from burning the applesauce, which is something I worry I would do haha.

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  5. Hillary Reeves
    September 23, 2016 at 9:38 am (6 months ago)

    hahahah so true I always have sooooooo many apples after apple picking. This is such a smart idea!

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  6. Lucy LaFave
    September 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm (6 months ago)

    We have a small orchard on our property with several kinds of apples. I plan to make lots of applesauce this weekend along with some apple chutney (I’ll make up that recipe). This recipe looks wonderful! I’m wondering if you’ve ever made a double or triple batch; if it came out ok and if you think putting up in a boiling water bath would affect it in any way? I’m thinking it would be ok but wanted your opinion on it. Thank you!

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    • Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      September 24, 2016 at 8:42 pm (6 months ago)

      I’m a little jealous of your orchard… that’s wonderful! I have made a double batch, it came out just fine but did need a little longer for everything to cook down. As I’m getting more into canning, I have put some up using a water bath, and there was no impact that I could tell in either texture or taste. In fact, my daughter ate a half pint on her own when I opened one a few months later! I’ll be canning some tomorrow too. 🙂

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      • Lucy LaFave
        September 24, 2016 at 9:29 pm (6 months ago)

        Wonderful! I’m finally going to get to it tomorrow and will hopefully get to my spicy peach chutney! Yes, we have a white peach tree too! 🙂

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  7. maureen
    September 21, 2016 at 10:09 pm (6 months ago)

    My apples tend to darken when I cook them in the crock. Should I soak them in something or pour fruit fresh on them in a bowl and then toss them in the crock once I reach peel and core the number of apples I need? I just cooked some applesauce yesterday in crock and they turned out very dark brown but they tasted good. I will turn this into apple butter I think and start a new batch of sauce. Thanks for any advice you may have.

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    • Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      September 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm (6 months ago)

      I haven’t had them darken, but that’s probably because of the lemon juice. An acidic fruit juice will prevent oxidation. 🙂

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  8. NGN
    December 20, 2015 at 12:24 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve been making this applesauce for the last couple of months. Fantastic! Easy to make, tastes great and it’s healthy! My husband says it’s a keeper!!

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    • The Godmother
      December 22, 2015 at 5:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipe! <3

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  9. Sherry
    November 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm (1 year ago)

    I wonder if you could make cranberry sauce this way. I’d probably add a little sugar and orange peel as the cranberries are much more tart.

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    • The Godmother
      December 11, 2015 at 2:36 pm (1 year ago)

      I bet you could! I’ll have to remember to try it soon. Thanks for the idea!

      Reply
  10. Linda McKee
    November 7, 2015 at 1:33 pm (1 year ago)

    Just bought an electric pressure cooker, would love to have You do some good recipes for a pressure cooker. It can also be used as a canner. Thanks

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    • The Godmother
      December 11, 2015 at 2:44 pm (1 year ago)

      I do not, I’m sorry! Maybe one day soon. My mother in law uses her pressure cooker quite a bit!

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