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Three ingredient homemade applesauce made in the slow cooker! Sweetened with maple syrup, this slow-cooker applesauce is a great way to use those fall apples!
Well, it’s officially fall! Which means it’s officially time for me to buy copious amounts of my favorite fruit- apples! Apples are a modest fruit, but there are so many ways to use them.
My love for apples really knows no bounds!
Last year I shared how to make slow-cooker apple butter, and today I am sharing a similar recipe. So similar in fact, it shares the same three ingredients- apples, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon!
These three ingredients make up my slow-cooker applesauce! Similar to the apple butter in preparation and ingredients, but the apples are cooked down to form a chunky applesauce instead.
My husband and I love this applesauce. He likes it in overnight oats, and I love it for everything- mixed with oatmeal, baked oatmeal, plain as a snack, over ice cream or yogurt…there’s many possibilities!
What’s also great is that you can use your favorite apples for this recipe. I used jonagold this time, but I have also used honeycrisp, gala, and a mixture of varieties. I like my applesauce sweet, but you can adjust the maple syrup to your tastes.
The only thing to keep in mind is that if you use a very sweet apple you might want to use less maple syrup if you don’t want your applesauce super sweet. Or if you use a tart apple, use the higher amount of maple syrup if you want it sweet!
I also like my apple sauce chunky, but you can totally puree or mash it up to your preferred texture! This recipe is so versatile and can be adjusted to your personal tastes!
This recipe make about 6-7 cups of chunky applesauce. You can definitely cut the recipe in half if you don’t want that much, or if you have extra you can always freeze it for later!
Do you like your apple sauce chunky or smooth? Sweet or tart? Let me know in the comments!
Homemade Slow-Cooker Applesauce
- 6 lbs apples (about 16 regular sized apples)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (can use 1/4 cup for very sweet apples or up to 1/2 cup for more tart apples, depending on how sweet you like your applesauce)
- Peel your apples and cut into 1/2-1 inch slices. I like to vary my sizes between about 1/2 inch to 1 inch so I get texture to my applesauce- I like it to be more chunky rather than all broken down!
- Place the cut apples into your slow-cooker. Add the ground cinnamon over the apples and then pour in the maple syrup. I used 1/3 cup for jonagold apples, but you can use less if you are using very sweet apples or up to half a cup if they are very tart.
- Once all the ingredients are in the slow cooker, place the top on and set it to cook on low for 5 hours.
- Every so often you can take a spoon and smush the apples down a little bit to break them up.
- I like to keep my applesauce pretty chunky, but if you like yours smooth you can take an immersion blender and puree the applesauce until it reaches the texture of your liking. You can also use a masher to mash it up more if you don't have an immersion blender.
- Serve warm or let the applesauce cool and store in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze the applesauce. Makes about 6-7 cups.