Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

Okay friends, this is one of those recipes that is so easy but tastes so good that the blessed individuals that you feed it to will wonder how long it took you to make such deliciousness. Since we are full steam ahead into apple season I opted for this recipe because I buy a lot of applesauce.

I don’t eat too many fruits right now due to my metabolism’s sensitivity to sugar and my efforts to not feed the likely overgrowth of candida albicans in my gut due to all of the antibiotics that I am taking to fight Lyme disease. With that said, I love sweet things and this recipe is full of sweetness and flavor that I have never gotten from any jarred applesauce. To make your life easier I strongly recommend that you invest in an apple/corer/peeler which will speed up the prep time and is a great tool to get your little kitchen helpers in on the cooking.

Me and my hubs went to a local orchard this year and picked these beauties right off the tree, and some off of the ground (don’t judge me), so I know they were really fresh.

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I then used my super-fancy-but-not-super-expensive apple peeler corer gadget to prep the apples. My dog, Koa, was very happy that so many peels dropped to the floor while I was churning those apples out as fast as I could because it was actually fun. I know, I’m a dork, but it was fun.

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After I finished the surgical part of the recipe I threw all the apples into the slow cooker and splashed the lemon juice on top followed by all of the spices. Use more or less as you like.

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After the apples cooked I used the whisk to turn it into a chunky sauce. An immersion blender would have been great but I was too lazy to walk to the other side of the kitchen when the whisk was right there. If you knew how small my kitchen was you would realize how pathetic that reasoning was. Then I let it cool and put it in a mason jar and stuck it in the fridge. Easy peasy. The hubs was wowed with flavor!

Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce
Yields 10
Let your in-home chef (your slow cooker) do the work for you! This applesauce is a million times better than any store bought sauce.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 pounds of fresh apples of your choice (I used Fuji apples)
  2. 1 TBSP of cinnamon
  3. ½ TSP of ground cloves
  4. ¼ TSP of nutmeg
  5. 2 TBSP lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Peel, core and thinly slice your apples.
  2. Add all your apples to the slow cooker followed by the lemon juice and spices.
  3. Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
  4. Use a whisk for a chunky sauce or an immersion blender if you want a smoother sauce.
  5. Eat!
Great Tips
  1. Want to be an even bigger nutrition hero? Go pick your own apples from the orchard for more awesomeness (yes, that is an ingredient). Talk about self-reliance friends!
  2. Save the apple peels and cores to make apple tea with by adding them to a simmering pot of water for a few minutes. Strain the tea to remove any peels, cores or seeds and either drink the tea hot or chill it in the fridge and serve cold.
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