A delicious blend of Honeycrisp apples, apple pie spice and brown sugar are combined to create Crockpot Applesauce. You’re just three ingredients away from the easiest homemade applesauce!

Glass dish of slow cooker applesauce with a spoon in it

If you caught my post earlier this week for homemade apple pie spice, you know that I am in total apple mode right now.

Trust me, I’m definitely not over pumpkin pie spice, I’m just taking a little appreciate all the apple recipes!

From whipping up favorites like Snickers Caramel Apple Salad, Apple Pie Bread, Caramel Apple Poke Cake and this Crockpot Applesauce, I’m thoroughly enjoying apple season!

Overhead view of crockpot applesauce, showing chunky texture

THE EASIEST HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

Eric has an odd applesauce eating habit – he drinks, or shall I say slurps it out of the little plastic cups. Weird, right?

I even went as far as purchasing the little applesauce pouches that you basically drink – you know, the ones you give to toddlers – but they just weren’t the same.

Honeycrisp apples on a cutting board

In his defense, the reasoning behind the slurp is quite simple – why dirty a spoon? Um, because that’s the unwritten applesauce consumption rule.

So when I decided to make some homemade applesauce in an effort to use up the overabundance of Honeycrisp apples that had taken over our refrigerator, I figured I had nothing to lose if I made it in the slow cooker.

Glass bowl of homemade crockpot applesauce with additional bowls in the background

Because the recipe was so easy, I certainly wouldn’t have put much energy into it if he decided it wasn’t the same as what he gets in his beloved plastic cups.

The result was the most delicious applesauce that we’ve ever tasted. Not too sweet, enthusiastically spiced, with just the right amount of texture.

And yes, he totally found a way to drink it out of the little white serving dishes.

White bowl of slow cooker applesauce on a blue dishcloth next to a wooden teaspoon of cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE APPLESAUCE IN THE CROCKPOT

Are you ready for how easy this recipe is?

Seriously: 3 ingredients and basically 1 step. That’s it.

Sliced apples, brown sugar and apple pie spice in a slow cooker crock

All you need are apples, apple pie spice and brown sugar. Toss everything into your slow cooker and cook for about 5 hours.

THAT’S IT.

Once it’s cooked, you can decide how chunky or smooth you like your applesauce and mash or puree it to your personal liking.

We happen to like ours with a little texture, so I leave some chunks in it.

If this method seems familiar to you, it’s because it’s essentially the first half of making slow cooker apple butter. That’s right, you pass right by homemade applesauce on your way to apple butter!

Overhead view of three bowls of crockpot applesauce on a wooden board next to cinnamon sticks

WHAT APPLES ARE BEST FOR HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE?

I happen to like using Honeycrisp apples to make my Crockpot Applesauce. I think they’re just the right balance of sweet and tart.

Other crisp apples that have a bit of tartness to them would work well here, though. Golden delicious, jonagold, cortland and braeburn apples would all be great.

So head to the apple orchard, pick to your heart’s content, and pop a batch of Crockpot Applesauce in your slow cooker!

Serve it slightly warm with a dollop of whipped cream, spooned over vanilla ice cream, drizzled over vanilla bean waffles or mascarpone pancakes, or straight from the fridge.

Or, you know, drink it from the serving dish. Whatever floats your boat.

Homemade crockpot applesauce in a white bowl with a spoon in it
Crockpot Applesauce

Crockpot Applesauce

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes

A delicious blend of Honeycrisp apples, apple pie spice and brown sugar are combined to create Crockpot Applesauce. You’re just three ingredients away from the easiest homemade applesauce!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and cut into thick slices (about 12 medium apples)
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on high for 5 hours.
  2. If you prefer a slightly chunky applesauce as pictured simply stir and mash the apples with a large spoon.
  3. If you prefer smooth applesauce, transfer the cooled applesauce to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  4. Store applesauce in an airtight container within the refrigerator or freeze for up to 6 months.

Notes

  • The amount of sugar you use will depend on the type of apples you use. I recommend tasting the applesauce about an hour before it's done and adjusting the spices and sugar to meet your taste. My apples were quite sweet, so 1/3 cup was perfect.
  • I am not a canner, so I have not attempted to can this recipe. Plus, it was gone in 2 days!

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 119 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 5mg Carbohydrates 31g Fiber 4g Sugar 25g Protein 0g

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