Cinnamon Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of autumn and Halloween, we’re sharing recipe ideas for healthy treats, or anything you would enjoy this time of year. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.

Fresh, warm applesauce is a special treat in our house during the fall months. I usually make it in a big pot on the stove and keep it chunky, but I decided to try it out in the slow cooker. Joshua and I went apple picking the other morning and then made this that afternoon. Check out our apple picking adventure here!

I specifically chose Ida Red apples for this recipe, since they are so big that it doesn’t take many to fill up the slower cooker. I left the skins on because I sent it through the food mill after it was cooked, and the red-pink-orangey shade of the Ida Red apples gave it a beautiful pink color. I used apple cider as a liquid to keep it from scorching, but you could also use water. There’s no need to sweeten this applesauce, but I always add a lot of cinnamon. My husband remarked how sweet it tasted and couldn’t believe that I didn’t add any sugar to it.

Not only is fresh applesauce a treat for your taste buds, it also fills the house with an amazing cinnamoney aroma. Forget scented candles with fake scents made from petrochemicals, next time I want a warm, homey smell in my house I’m making slow cooker applesauce! We happened to get our weekly grocery delivery while this was cooking and the delivery man told me it smelled like Grandma’s house.

My slow cooker is a very large one (I don’t recall the measurement, but it’s oval). You could easily halve the recipe if you have a smaller slow cooker.

Cinnamon Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

  • 8-15 large cooking apples, cored and chopped
  • 2 cups apple cider or water
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon, or more to taste
  • dashes of other spices to taste- I use cardamom and nutmeg, but you could also use mace, ginger or allspice
Core and chop the apples and place them in the slow cooker. There’s no need to peel the apples if you have a food mill, which is a great time saver! Otherwise, peel the apples first. It only took 8 Ida Red apples to fill my slow cooker, but it would definitely take more if you have smaller apples. It will condense as it cooks down so you want to fill it right to the lid.
Stir in the spices and cider, then set the slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours, stirring every hour or so. After cooking, put it through the food mill and into jars.
This recipe makes about 2 quarts, and I don’t bother to process the jars because we go through it so fast as a snack, as a topping for yogurt or oatmeal, as an ingredient in applesauce bread, or as a side dish at dinner. It will last about 2 weeks in the fridge. If you want to can it then make sure it is bubbling hot, pour it into sterilized jars and process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.

This also makes a great gift this season! Little jars of applesauce are nice treats to give friends who stop by on Halloween instead of candy!

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12 Responses to Cinnamon Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

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  3. I love applesauce! You can NEVER have too many recipes to experiment with and this one looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you so much for including me in this brilliant round up. I just can’t wait to check out these recipes- I do tend to get stuck making endless curries!
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  6. YUM! I love apple sauce! I skipped getting apples from a friend this year because things were so busy, but now I kind of regret it! Homemade applesauce is the BEST! :)
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  9. I’m so impressed with all you can make in a slow cooker! Those apples look good. Yea for fall!
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  10. Any recipe that involves cardamom makes it right to the top of my list. This sounds like a wonderful recipe, simple and delicious. Not hurt by my love for cinnamon. Thanks for joining the Festival. What a fantastic contribution :)
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  11. Yum! This looks so delicious and easy; I will definitely be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
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  12. Thank you for posting such a great applesauce recipe on your blog. I am making it right now. I love how wonderfull it makes the whole house smell.
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