2 Ingredient Slow Cooker Applesauce

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A quick and simple recipe for slow cooker applesauce. Only 2 ingredients!

There’s an epidemic going around the internets: people are not trusting their apples. 

It’s pretty upsetting. Everyone looks forward to fall and the apple season, go out of their way to get the delicious fruit at apple orchards or farmers markets and yet, when it’s time to cook, they get timid.

This is more of a PSA than a recipe. I’m going to say it one time: STOP ADDING CRAP TO YOUR APPLESAUCE!

It’s a travesty! Apples that are in season don’t need sugar, honey, lemon, vanilla, or what have you, in the end result of their applesauce. Want to know the proper way to make slow cooker applesauce? Well, here it is:

Step 1: cube or roughly chop your apples. Chop enough to fill your slow cooker. The size you chop the apples doesn’t matter; it’s going to cook down anyway.
Step 2: Place the chopped up apples in your slow cooker.
Step 3: Add in 2 tablespoons water and stir the apples so they are coated.
Step 4: Turn your slow cooker to low and cook for 4 hours.
That’s it! No, don’t you dare add sugar. Nope, no lemon juice needed either. Why does this method work?

By only adding a small amount of water, you are essentially roasting the apples. The water is really only added so the apples won’t burn, but apples have so much moisture in them that you don’t need to add all that extra liquid.

Apple pieces after 4 hours of “roasting”

By using this method, the flavor of the apples intensifies. The resulting applesauce will taste like apple pie filling without all the extra “stuff” (cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, etc.).

After the 4 hours in the slow cooker, you can smash the apples with a potato masher or pastry cutter (my favorite!). Even a fork will do. Don’t put it in the blender. That’s just silly. Now get out there and make slow cooker applesauce…the lazy mom way!

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  1. 11.1.12
    Michelle said:

    Looks yummy!

  2. 11.1.12
    Alex M said:

    I’m making this for sure!!! Especially for Thanksgiving….

  3. 11.7.12
    Brenna said:

    I just wanted say you are brilliant. I just made this. It is by far the best applesauce I have ever tasted. Amazing flavor! My family loves it.

  4. 11.7.12

    That’s Awesome Brenna! And thanks for saying that i’m brilliant lol. I’m not really; just bored enough to try out different things until they become an actual recipe. Ha! I hope you can share the recipe with your friends 🙂

  5. 11.12.12

    LOL, stop adding crap to your applesauce. LOVE it.

  6. 12.13.12

    I can’t wait to give this a try! I love applesauce and don’t like all the added stuff. Thanks for sharing with us at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays!

  7. 2.16.13
    Anonymous said:

    I dont have a slow cooker but I wanna make applesauce. Any suggestions? ?

    • 2.15.15
      Maria said:

      I know this comment is very late Lol but wanted to tell you that I just made this last Wednesday on the stove. It’s best(but not necessary) to use a non-stick sauce pan because the apples can burn easily. Put apples in sauce pan with a little water. Keep checking/stirring to prevent burning and add a little water if it’s getting too dry. Mash and enjoy. I added cinnamon but. Use apples that break apart easily like Mackintosh apples

      • 2.16.15
        Amiyrah said:

        You are braver than me, Maria! This is why I make it in the slow cooker. No need to keep checking in it ;).

  8. 9.5.13
    Nickelle said:

    Do you peel the apples first or not?

    • 9.6.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Yup, you peel them first. I turn the peels into apple chips, as to not waste any of the apple. You can search for that recipe right here on the blog :).

  9. 9.6.13
    Nickelle said:

    Thank you! I don’t have a slow cooker right now but hope to get one end of this month and I can’t wait to try this! I love applesauce but hate when it’s all sugary so I can’t wait to try this!!!

    • 9.6.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Once you get a slow cooker, you will be hooked! I hope you enjoy the recipe once you try it :).

  10. 9.12.15
    Jane said:

    How do you store the applesauce once it is cooked? I would like to make several crock-pots full, but not sure if I should use hot water bath or freeze?

    Thank you

    • 9.13.15
      Amiyrah said:

      We’ve frozen it before, but I’ve never tried to can it. It lasts for a really long time in the fridge as well. At least a month, if you put it on the back of the fridge.