This fall I found out making homemade apple sauce in the crock pot is easy! A cinnamon stick, apples, and sugar (optional) are all you need to make this recipe. The crock pot does all the work for you (well, except for chopping the apples!). A nice perk is that your house will smell like cinnamon and apples as it cooks away. I just love crock pot recipes, don’t you? (P.S. If you haven’t checked out my crock pot apple butter recipe, click here!)
You will want to adjust the amount of cinnamon/sugar you use depending on your apples. I used apples I picked myself but they were very, very tart, so I did have to add about 1/2 cup sugar to the batch. If your apples are sweeter, however, there may not be a need for sugar at all. For this reason, you may want to wait and add the sugar AFTER the apples cook down.
Did I mention you can double this recipe for a larger quantity or even half it for a small batch? This recipe is SO versatile I hesitate to even call it a recipe! Feel confident to adjust it any which way you like! After the apples cook down for about 6 hours, you can take a whisk or immersion blender to the apples to make the apple sauce smooth, or you can leave it chunky. Be sure to taste and add more cinnamon or sugar. It should look something like this when it’s done:
Ready to be jarred and used in delicious recipes, given away to family and friends, or just eaten as is!
Everything is better homemade, am I right?? The answer is yes. 🙂 Enjoy!
Easy Crock Pot Apple Sauce
- 10 apples, cored, peeled, and chopped
- 1/4-1/2 cup sugar (white or brown will work. You may want to wait and add this after the apples cook down unless they are very tart!)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1) Spray your crock pot with cooking spray for easy clean up. Add the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, and sugar (or add sugar at the end).
2) Set crock pot to low for about 6 hours (this can vary depending on your crock pot), stirring occasionally. Blend with immersion blender for a very smooth apple sauce.
3) Taste and add more sugar and cinnamon, as needed. Allow to cool before refrigerating.
Recipe courtesy of Audreysapron.wordpress.com.