Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce is made with just a few simple ingredients and is so easy to make in your crock pot. It’s made with the peels and contains no added sugar. A delicious and nutritious recipe the whole family will love. So much better than store-bought!
Y’all, if you haven’t tried homemade applesauce, you don’t know what you are missing! I’ve never been an applesauce fan, but I was inspired to develop a homemade version for my grandbabies who love applesauce. Homemade does not compare to store-bought, and it’s definitely not just for kids. I am now obsessed, especially when it’s served warm. It’s not only delicious, but it also fills the house with all the cozy and warm scents of fall!
This is seriously the easiest recipe ever! Aside from the apples, the only ingredients you will need are a few cinnamon sticks, fresh lemon juice, and water. No added sugar or high fructose corn syrup like you find in many store-bought versions.
Apple Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Well, apples certainly have multiple health benefits. Here are a few of the many.
- Rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Pectin is a soluble fiber that acts as a prebiotic and feeds the good bacteria in your gut. Soluble fiber also helps to lower cholesterol. Insoluble fiber is beneficial for regularity.
- Rich source of vitamin A and C.
- Loaded with antioxidants, including quercetin, which works to boost immune function and reduce inflammation.
- Helps with blood sugar regulation
- Anti-aging benefits
Be sure to keep the peels on to get all of the fiber and other beneficial vitamins and minerals.
Tammy’s Tips for Making Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce
Best Apples for Homemade Applesauce
There are about 100 different varieties of apples grown commercially in the United States. So which is best for applesauce? For this recipe, I chose Gala apples because they are on the sweeter side and they were on sale.:) Fuji, Ambrosia, and Honeycrisp would also be delish.
You can also use a combination of apples. I think adding a tart Granny Smith in with some sweeter apples would be yummy! As the apples cook, they get sweeter, so feel free to experiment with your faves.
How to Store Homemade Applesauce
Homemade applesauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a week to ten days. It can also be canned or frozen. I like freezing in wide-mouth mason jars. Be sure to use straight-sided jars and leave some room at the top for the applesauce to expand.
How to Serve Homemade Applesauce
Check out all of these ways to serve applesauce. I bet there are several that you may not have considered!
- Stir it in to oatmeal and top with nuts or homemade granola. It’s also yummy stirred into your choice of nutbutter. Use it to spread on toast, waffles, or pancakes.
- Warm it up and serve with yogurt or vanilla ice cream.
- Top potato pancakes.
- Replace some of the oil or butter in baked goods.
- On the side, warm or cold with lunch or dinner. I bought these pouches for my grandbabies to bring to their babysitter’s with their lunch. So handy and no mess!
- Make Hot Apple Maple Syrup. (See recipe below.)
No matter which way you serve it, I know you will love this easy, nutritious recipe! If you make this Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce, please let me know. You can leave a comment and/or a rating below, and be sure to tag me on Instagram. I love hearing from you and seeing your creations!
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce is made with just a few simple ingredients and is so easy to make in your crock pot. It's made with the peels and contains no added sugar. A delicious and nutritious recipe the whole family will love. So much better than store-bought!
- 3 lbs gala apples
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water
Core and slice apples.
Place all of the ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours. Remove cinnamon sticks. Use an immersion blender and blend until desired consistency. Alternatively, you can use a blender or food processor.
Enjoy warm or cold!
For Apple Maple Syrup
In a small saucepan, melt 4 tbsp of butter. Add 1/3 cup of applesauce, 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup, and a pinch of salt. Stir until well combined. Serve over waffles or pancakes. So yum!
We recommend using organic ingredients whenever possible.
You may also enjoy these other delicious, cozy fall recipes.
Whole Grain Rice and Acorn Stuffed Squash
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