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This easy recipe for Homemade Crock-Pot Cinnamon Applesauce uses only four ingredients and has no added sugar. It’s the perfect fall side dish! 


I’ve been wanting to make homemade applesauce for the longest time, and I can finally cross this one off of my huge to-do list. My kids all learned how to make applesauce in the Crock-Pot at school, back when they were in first grade, and all of them loved it.

My youngest has been bugging me to make our own homemade applesauce for the longest time, and finally, we made a big batch when the kids were on fall break. Better late than never, right?

The kids said that they remembered peeling the apples before adding them to the slow cooker, but I’ve seen a lot of applesauce recipes that call for using unpeeled apples. And since I found the idea of peeling so many apples very unappealing, I decided to leave the peels on. Sorry, friends. I just couldn’t resist that one!

Anyway, making applesauce in the Crock-Pot is super easy. I cut up about 8 apples into small pieces, and then I threw them into the slow cooker. I used a mix of Granny Smith and gala apples because those are our favorites, but you can use what you like best.

I also added some cinnamon, water and a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice.


After about three hours on high, the apples were soft enough to mash with a potato masher. The kids loved this part!

When you leave the skins on, the texture is rustic and not completely smooth. But I love rustic, so that’s fine by me! I did use my immersion blender to make the applesauce a little smoother, but this step is optional.


And that’s all there is to making your own applesauce. Seriously, how easy it that?! And let me tell you, the house smells amazing while it’s cooking. It’s like an all-natural air freshener!


How to Make Homemade Crock-Pot Cinnamon Applesauce

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Homemade Crock-Pot Cinnamon Applesauce

By: Dee
An easy way to make homemade applesauce in the slow cooker 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 8 apples, washed and cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
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  • Wash apples, and cut into small pieces
  • Add apples to Crock-Pot, and top with cinnamon, water and lemon juice 
  • Cook on high for 3 hours or until soft
  • Mash with potato masher or use immersion blender
  • Turn heat to low, and keep warm until ready to serve 
  • Refrigerate leftovers


This recipe uses a mix of Granny Smith and Gala apples, but you can use your favorite. If you prefer sweeter applesauce, try adding maple syrup or brown sugar. You can also peel apples if you like smoother applesauce.


Calories: 80kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Easy Homemade Crock-Pot Cinnamon Applesauce

I didn’t add any sugar to this recipe for homemade Crock-Pot cinnamon applesauce, but that’s a personal preference. We always buy unsweetened applesauce, so this is what we’re used to. It makes a delicious fall side dish for pork or chicken. And you can even serve it for Thanksgiving.

If you like yours a little sweeter, you can add maple syrup or brown sugar.  That would actually be an awesome fall dessert!

Happy Cooking!


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  1. Miz Helen says:

    We love homemade Applesauce, this looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  2. Emily says:

    Yum!! This reminds me of my mom’s applesauce recipe!

    1. Dee says:

      My kids loved it, and it was so easy. 🙂

  3. Trish - Mom On Timeout says:

    This is my favorite way to make applesauce! Always on my fall to-do list!

  4. Krista says:

    So much better than buying it from the store! Sounds yummy!

  5. Michelle | A Latte Food says:

    My niece is obsessed with applesauce! This recipe will be perfect! I can’t wait to send it to my sis!

  6. Erin @ The Speckled Palate says:

    Slow cooker applesauce is the BEST! Gonna try your rendition at home soon since my daughter is an applesauce fanatic!

    1. Dee says:

      My kids are applesauce fanatics, too! I hope you like it. 🙂

  7. Cathy Trochelman says:

    Nothing beats homemade applesauce! This totally makes me want to make some!

    1. Dee says:

      It’s so easy, and it tastes so much better than storebought!