Homemade applesauce made easy in your slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Spiced Applesauce for canning

Homemade applesauce is currently my favorite thing about this fall. I’ve made it before, though perhaps it was with a different recipe, because this time around the process is blowing me away. It couldn’t be more simple, and the results are incredible.

Slow Cooker Spiced Applesauce for canning

It starts with a bunch of apples I picked up from the farmer’s market. I sliced them up, put them in my slow cooker on low, and then forgot about them! That’s one the best things about slow cookers, they do all the work and hours later you get to reap the benefits.

About 8 hours later I pureed the tender apples, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, in a food processor and passed it through a mesh strainer to remove the skins and seeds. (A food mill works great too, I just don’t have one.)

Slow Cooker Spiced Applesauce for canning

I’ve since made another batch without any spices and both are equally amazing. No sugar, no other ingredients. Just fresh, local, in-season apples!


Slow Cooker Spiced Applesauce for canning

Slow Cooker Spiced Applesauce
The easiest applesauce you'll ever make, prepared in the slow cooker and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Yield: About 5 quarts
  • 6 pounds (2.7 kg) apples, sliced into quarters
  • ¾ cup (178 ml) water or apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Place the quartered apples and water/apple juice in a large slow cooker (16 quart or more). Cover and cook on "low" for 6-8 hours, stirring every hour or so. As the apples cook down they will shrink.
  2. During the last few hours of cooking, stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. When the apples are fully cooked, pass the mixture through a food mill to remove skins and seeds. Alternately, you can puree it in a food processor and pass it through a mesh strainer.
  3. Ladle the applesauce into sterilized jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Cover with lids and screw on bands. Process in a waterbath for 15 minutes (pints) or 20 minutes (quarts).
  4. Let cool completely and make sure the jars are sealed before storing in a cool dark place, like a pantry.
Notes: If you don't want to process the applesauce, simply store it in the fridge and consume within a few weeks.

If you have a small slow cooker, you can still make this recipe! Simply halve or quarter this recipe, as desired.

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72 Responses to Slow Cooker Spiced Applesauce

  1. Love the idea of making your own applesauce at home, especially with all of the fresh apples everywhere!

  2. I JUST made slow cooker applesauce (in my Hamilton Beach slow cooker!) last weekend! Soooo easy and so delicious! I peeled my apples first, but curious to try your method next time.

  3. Laura B. says:

    I just made a fantastic beef stew in my slow cooker. I also like overnight oatmeal.

  4. Hmmm… almost anything. Maybe chili :).

  5. Marsha says:

    Oh, I could so use this. I’m still using a small crockpot that I received for our wedding, thirty-three years ago. I also have a bushel of apples that needs to be turned into applesauce. Would love to try them in a slow cooker.

  6. Emily R says:

    That applesauce looks delicious! I love using my (small) crockpot, but I could sure use a bigger one! 🙂

  7. Emily R says:

    Oh, forgot to answer the question – currently my favorite thing to make in the slow cooker is chicken & dumpling soup!

  8. Rebecca Parsons says:

    My favorite thing to make is sweet & sour shredded pork.

  9. Kelly D says:

    I like to make sauces and veggie stew in a slow cooker.

  10. Jason Dong says:

    This recipe looks delish. I cannot wait to try it! My pregnant wife loves apples and she will love this treat. Any time I get o use the slow cooker I am a happy camper. Thank you!

  11. Jason Dong says:

    My favorite think to make in the slow cooker is pulled pork.

  12. Elena says:

    I like to make chili

  13. Margot C says:

    I make chili in a slow cooker all of the time!

  14. Rebecca says:

    It looks super delicious, I also need to make some applesauce for this season 😉

  15. Amanda Hamm says:

    Yum!! My kids devour applesauce and so do I!! Can’t wait to try it!

  16. Amanda Hamm says:

    Oh and my favorite dish in a crock pot is a roast with veggies.

  17. Annette says:

    I like to make pork (for tacos) in the slow cooker.

  18. Katheryn says:

    I like to make pork roasts in the crockpot. It can be used for so many different meals! Tacos, soup, as is with roasted veggies. The possibilities are endless.

  19. Heather says:

    Barbeque chicken legs! It is so easy!

  20. I love making BBQ chicken and ribs in my slow cooker. Sadly its on its last leg so winning this would be amazing.

  21. Alison says:

    There are so many things I would love to try making in a slow cooker — chicken, beef or pork for tacos, roasts, etc.

  22. Jenn says:

    I love to make shredded pork.

  23. Lesa McMahon says:

    I love making soup in my slow cooker. I only have a small one. I could make more things if I had a larger one.

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  24. Jen says:

    I love making soups and chilis in the slow cooker, it’s so easy to throw everything in and just let it go all day

  25. Melissa says:

    I love to make my slow cooker apple cobbler, especially this time of year!

  26. MaryB says:

    I love making soup in the slow cooker.

  27. Jenny says:

    My slow cooker gets used all the time. I make soups (italian chicken last night). Today I am making a pot roast. My only problem is I use an old one and it is too small. I would love this larger one! I have never made anything sweet in the crockpot.

  28. Erin R. says:

    I love my slow cooker! It used to live in the cupboard all the time until I got the hang of it and realized how many different things you can do in it and how flipping easy it is. Probably my favorite thing to make in mine is beans. Dried beans are so much cheaper (and less salty) than canned, and you just dump them in and go. No stirring, no boiling dry, no babysitting. Awesome.

  29. Mary says:

    I make shredded beef for sandwiches, baked beans for pot lucks, chicken, roasts, chili. . . Just about everything! Looking forward to trying the applesauce!

  30. Tori says:

    I’ve never used a slow cooker before! But I always see delicious slow-cooker recipes, like this one and caramel recipes

  31. Angella G. says:

    My kids love applesauce, so I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  32. Jessie C. says:

    Veggie and beef stew.

  33. Barbi Jensen says:

    My favorite thing to make in a slow cooker would be…. probably a roast and potatoes. yum!

  34. Sarah says:


  35. Trisha says:

    Pulled meat (beef, pork or chicken) to use for BBQ sandwiches, tacos, soups, etc. So versatile and I love that I can drop it in the crockpot and come home to throw it in whatever for dinner.

  36. Mahdi M says:

    I love making potato soup, all varieties. Chicken pot pie soup is fun too.

  37. I usually make stews in my slow cooker or pulled pork but I LOVE that you made applesauce! how brilliant!! and I bet your kitchen smelled amazing! Love this!

  38. Melissa C. says:

    I love to mull spiced wine in the crockpot

  39. Yvette N. says:

    I love to cook Main Dishes in my crockpot. The idea of coming home, and dinner being ready, makes me smile!

  40. Stephanie says:

    This is great! I was just thinking about trying to make my own applesauce not even two days ago. Thank you for reading my mind! hehe

  41. Melissa M says:

    I like to make ranch chicken tacos

  42. Aubrey says:

    In my Slow Cooker, I love to make everything stew with all the left over, almost too old to eat fresh, veggies. Black beans are definitely a staple that I leave in the slow cooker all day. Kahlua pork! Yum

  43. Tracy says:

    I use it most often to cook dry beans to freeze for later. But I love making apple cider in it at holiday time. The house smells so wonderful!

  44. Kate says:

    I’m going apple picking tomorrow– can’t wait to make my own apple sauce!

  45. Debra Lee says:

    I love Crock Pot oatmeal!

  46. Katy says:

    I love making broccoli cheese soup in my crock pot.

  47. D SCHMIDT says:

    I love to make loaded mashed potatoes in the slow cooker

  48. Kristen says:

    I like to make chicken cacciatore.

  49. Kathy says:

    Delighted to find this recipe! Thanks. My favorite meal to make in my slow cooker is Chicken Tortilla Soup. It has become a Christmas Eve tradition at our house!

  50. Vera K says:

    I make a really good chili.

  51. Vunda V says:

    i love making apple sauce or pulled pork (not together though! lol)

  52. Oanh Ho says:

    A braised beef tail with carrots and taro.

  53. Anita says:

    Not exactly my favorite thing to fix in the crock pot but worth mentioning. I sometimes make baked potatoes in one and a topping in another. Both are dorm room sized. Ready to eat when I walk in the door.

  54. Heather says:

    I love to make pulled pork in the crockpot! So yummy and easy!

  55. Susan Christy says:

    I like making chicken tacos.

  56. Stacy Willson says:

    This is my first year trying to make applesauce so looking for lots of ideas and definetly going to have to try this.

  57. Whitney Lindeman says:

    Love making filling for enchiladas in the slow cooker!

  58. Amy Orvin says:

    My fav thing is pot roast. 🙂

  59. Malissa W says:

    Either beef stew or veggie chili! Love your photos and blog! Thanks for the giveaway.

  60. Renee Richardson says:

    I love making stews and chilis. Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

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  61. Cheryl B. says:

    All dinners! Especially chicken.

  62. David says:

    We don’t have a slow cooker, so we don’t have any favorites, but my grandma always used to make roasts and stews with one that I loved.

  63. JJ says:

    In your directions it says to use a 16 quart slow cooker – do you really have one of those? Where would you even get one?

    • Annalise says:

      This recipe is specifically for making applesauce in a slow cooker. You can certainly make applesauce without one – on the stovetop – but that would require different instructions. You should be able to buy a slow cooker at any department store or online. I’m partial to the Hamilton Beach brand, but there are lots of other great choices too. Hope this helps!

      • JJ says:

        Thank you for the quick reply! I understand where to get a slow cooker 🙂 but I have a 3.5 qt, a 5 qt and a 6 qt. Where did you get a 16 quart slow cooker?

        In Step 1 of your instructions: Place the quartered apples in a large slow cooker (16 quart or more). Cover and cook on “low” for 6-8 hours, stirring every hour or so. As the apples cook down they will shrink.

  64. Alex says:

    the first part of your recipe says to add apples to slow cooker and stir constantly but it doesn’t say anything about the water or apple juice. Does that go in first with the apples?

    • Annalise says:

      Hi Alex! I’m sorry for the confusion. The apples and liquid (water or apple juice) should be placed in the slow cooker at the same time. I’ve fixed the wording in the recipe.

  65. Mary Lou says:

    This recipe is similiar to one I created. I don’t use a slow cooker-but will try it. I do peel and core the apples first. I also freeze it in small containers, since there is only 2 of us. This is a great recipe using no sugar for Diabetics.

  66. Nancy says:

    We just slice the apples so that we don’t have the core or seeds to deal with, but don’t bother to take out the peel. We love applesauce a bit chunkier and with the peel in it! Originally, I used to blend and strain, or peel the apples first. I did this because of my kiddo. But then I realized that she will eat baked apple/peel and which isn’t any different than slightly mashed up (or slightly blended) apples with the peel on. So I made a batch without bothering to take out the peel and she loved it.

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