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Easy Crockpot Applesauce

Next time you are at the grocery store, grab an extra bag of apples and make Applesauce in the crockpot.  You will not regret it.  Not only will your home smell apple-cinnamony amazing, but you won’t ever want to go back to jarred applesauce again!
When I was sick and meals were being brought, one that dish that really stood out to me was simple, homemade applesauce.  It just tasted so REAL and good.  It made the best dessert, sweet but not overly sweet.
Despite having my energy back, I continue to find ways to make things simple around here.  That is why I love this recipe.  It is simple, smells great, involves fruit, and is a great after school snack or dessert around here, which is why I don’t really mind the added sugar.  Also, to keep it REALLY simple, I usually don’t slice my apples as thin as the pic below.  I borrowed a friends apple “peeler, slicer, corer” for that.  Now I just cut my apples up in chunks.  They take longer to cook, but I use a hand blender to chop it up into a chunky applesauce, and it ends up perfect.
Try it, you will love it!
Easy, Crockpot Applesauce
{recipe from Katy @ The Cutting Back Kitchen}
Ingredients
3 pound bag of apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)(or in chunks, see above)
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar (or other sweetener)
Β½ teaspoon cinnamon
Β½ cup water
Instructions
Place your apple slices in the bottom of a Crockpot.  (If you don’t have a Crockpot, you can make it on the stove.) Top with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Add the water. (I always just make sure to add enough water to cover the bottom of the Crockpot.)    Cook the applesauce on low for 4-6 hours or until apples are tender.  Once the apples are tender, mash them with a potato masher for a chunkier consistency.  For a smoother consistency, mix in blender.
This is more an idea, than an exact recipe you need to stick to.  I try to keep mine pretty low in sugar, but if you like yours sweeter add some more.  Sometimes I add a handful of frozen berries to add some color and lend a slightly different flavor.  Get creative!
Freezing Instructions
I just package mine in quart sized freezer bags.   Thaw and enjoy!
Katy at the Cutting Kitchen is a great blog to go explore.  Her tagline is “Big Flavors On A Bland Budget.” Love that!

  • Janet December 22, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I pinned this previously when you had it on pinterest and have made this now several times. There’s still some in the freezer from the last time. We love it! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous December 12, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I am also wandering how this would turn out unpeeled.

  • Diana W December 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Planning to make this tonight.. any idea what type of apple works best? Thanks!

  • Erin November 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I made this last week minus the sugar and my kids love it! My 7 y.o. wanted to take it for snack to share with his class, but sadly the school doesn’t allow homemade snacks to share. It is a great, super easy recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous August 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Can you store this in jars on the shelf. If so,how long is the shelf life. Thanks for the recipe. It is just what I was looking for, Starla

  • erin May 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    We made this over the weekend. LOVE IT! Thanks for the recipe. I wrote about it and linked back to you!
    http://www.abirdandabean.com/2012/05/simple-apple-sauce-in-crockpot.html
    love, Erin

  • Anonymous April 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I just started a batch. I was wondering has anyone tried this with the skins on? It would make this even easier.
    thank you, Shara

  • Amy and Brad March 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Saw this on Pinterest and made it for my sons the other night! They LOVED it! Thank you!

  • Michelle March 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks!! Found you on Pinterest πŸ™‚

  • bellaxthree January 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Awesome! Just what I have been looking for – a way to make homemade apple sauce or puree. Thank you!

  • Deidra January 16, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Yes, please!

  • freedom journey January 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    We just put a batch in the crockpot!

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  • elaine @ peace for the journey January 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Even I can do this! Thanks.

  • Ronda Tedder January 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Sounds wonderful..thanks for sharing…have a great day!
    ~Ronda

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