Easy slow cooker applesauce with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup – perfect for all those apples from apple picking or fall farm stand sales!
No joke, I think this applesauce may be my husband’s most favorite thing I’ve ever made. It all started years ago (um, too many to count….guess we’re getting old!). We were in college, dating, and he had to get his wisdom teeth out. Well, being the ever awesome girlfriend, I decided to make him some homemade applesauce and homemade mashed potatoes so he’d have some nice soft foods to eat while recovering. Who knew that since then this applesauce would become his most requested recipe and something he always looks forward to!
There have definitely been a few adjustments to this recipe over the years (i.e. using a small amount of pure maple syrup instead of a larger amount of brown sugar in my earlier versions). It is a super forgiving recipe though, from allowing you to easily customize spices and spice amounts to the types of apples you want to use. I would love to say that we went apple picking and used an assortment of freshly picked apples for this applesauce, but um – we live in Florida, so adios apple orchard dreams! Instead I shopped at a local farm market run by a Mennonite family and they had a great sale of a variety of Eastern-grown apples for $0.49 per pound. We got quite a variety including Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, and Jonagold. You need eight pounds of apples total, so feel free to use whatever types you want!
I hope this applesauce brings you and your family as much enjoyment as it brings mine! FYI it freezes well – although if your family is like mine, you may not have a chance to freeze it. 😉 I was thinking we’d have plenty of this applesauce on hand for easy snacks with the new baby, but between baby girl still being perfectly comfortable in utero at 41 plus weeks and my husband downing the applesauce faster than I blink, I may need to get another batch going! Enjoy it guys, and be well!
Slow Cooker Applesauce
- 8 pounds of apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (can use any variety of apples)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Once apples are cleaned, prepared, and sliced thinly, pack them into your slow cooker (mine is a 6-quart slow cooker and the thinly sliced apples filled it to the brim!). Add remaining ingredients and give a quick stir.
Cook in slow cooker on low for 5-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
If you're home during the cooking process, you can give a quick stir occasionally. The apples will continue to cook down during the cooking process.
Use a potato masher or an immersion blender to get desired consistency (I used a masher because my husband prefers the more texture than the smooth puree you get from an immersion blender).
Eat warm or cold. Keep in airtight container in fridge, or store in freezer longer term.