Crock Pot Applesauce


by Dec 15th, 2010 // Baby Feeding, Kid-tastic, Recipes, Sides

Crock Pot Applesauce

Crock Pot Applesauce

My friend, Kathy, who runs the beautiful blog Merriment Design told me that she makes apple sauce in her crock pot. I had never thought of it before but it was sort of a DUH moment for me because it just makes so much sense.

Crock Pot Applesauce

As you know, I’m doing Baby Led Weaning with the little one but no babyhood is complete without homemade applesauce so I decided that this is one thing she will be spoon fed until she is able to hold a spoon herself.

Crock Pot Applesauce

All you really need to make this is apples – and a slow cooker, but I confess I did use a some butter and cinnamon to make it extra delicious. It fills the house with that irresistible baked apple smell and tastes great warm. Now for the recipe…

Crock Pot Applesauce Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 1.5 hours

10 medium apples (peeled cored and sliced in wedges)
3/4 cup water
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons butter, diced

Place apples in your crock pot. Toss them in lemon juice and dot them with butter. Add water and close crock pot. Cook on high for 1.5 to 2 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. Use back of a spoon to break up apples and stir in cinnamon to taste. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.

Note: I made this unsweetened for the baby and we all liked it, but if you like your applesauce sweetened you can throw in a generous handful of brown sugar with the apples. Tastes great.

Crock Pot Applesauce

crock pot apple sauce

22 Comments on “Crock Pot Applesauce”

  1. 1.) Dana
    December 15th, 2010

    How did she like it?

  2. 2.) Nikki
    December 15th, 2010

    My husband works for a fruit farmer so we get tons of apples along with cherries, peaches and blueberries, strawberries. During the fall I make all kinds of applesauce in my crock pot. I mix apples & blueberries, apple and peaches, apple and strawberry. I'll bag it up in freezer bags and keep it stocked in the freezer for winter. I'm going to be making more during Christmans break to use up what apples we have left sitting in our garage. Thanks for the great website!!

  3. 3.) Tiffany
    December 15th, 2010

    For some reason, the thought of making my own apple sauce makes me nervous, but you make it seem so easy! Need to give it a try!

  4. 4.) Jenni
    December 15th, 2010

    We have an ice storm moving in. I think I will do this tomorrow with the kids. good idea.

  5. 5.) michelle
    December 16th, 2010

    it is sort of a "duh" thing, but I completely didn't think of it either. Would have been great a few months ago when we had a bounty of freshly picked apples. Definitely a keeper! I'm looking into the baby led weaning. We are only at 2 1/2 months right now, so I figure there is plenty of time to research. Thanks for posting about that.

  6. 6.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 16th, 2010

    She really liked it!

  7. 7.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 16th, 2010

    Congrats on the new baby. We have been really happy with BLW. Kind of can't believe we did it any other way with #1.

  8. 8.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 16th, 2010


  9. 9.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 16th, 2010

    yum! i love the idea of all those fruits mixed in. must try!

  10. 10.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 16th, 2010

    so easy! can't believe it myself.

  11. 11.) ctb
    December 16th, 2010

    How coincidental! Yesterday, I made microwave applesauce w/ the children @ our afterschool playcamp – ours had cinnamon, honey & lemon in it & we used a old-fashioned food mill to process it – we went through 3 bags of apples & the kids gobbled it down.

    & I made the chili-roasted potatoes for dinner when I got home from work, w/ purple potatoes – very delicious!

    Really appreciating this blog – so many easy & healthy recipes = )

  12. 12.) Nancy
    December 16th, 2010

    Ok, call slow, but what does it mean to "dot" the apples with buter?

  13. 13.) ctb
    December 17th, 2010

    It means putting little pieces of butter on top, evenly spaced all around – take a chunk of cold butter & a small knife & cut off bits.

  14. 14.) Charlene
    December 17th, 2010

    What kind of apples do you suggest using for this recipe? I have never made apple sauce, my mom used to make it all the time. My daughter loves the individual serving cups from the grocery store, but I hate the ones that are loaded with corn syrup, and the organic ones are not sweetened enough–making my own with brown sugar, might be the ticket to sweetening without using corn syrup..

  15. 15.) @merrimentdesign
    December 17th, 2010

    Hey Rebecca! How fun that you made this and posted it on your crazy great blog that I'm in love with. So easy, yes? I make mine without adding water but next time I will take your tip to add in some butter.

  16. 16.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 17th, 2010

    ooooo. purple potatoes! i've got to try that.

  17. 17.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 17th, 2010

    right. i suggest dotting because the apples kind of just melt down in place so that ensures that the butter is evenly distributed.

  18. 18.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 17th, 2010

    i like really tart apples so i used granny smith and galas which are the perfect combination imho.
    you can buy a set of 4 ziplock storage containers at the grocery store that are virtually the same size as those individual serving cups. i put yogurt or apple sauce in them and send it to school in my kids lunch. you could also use maple syrup or honey to sweeten.

  19. 19.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 17th, 2010

    i added water bc i have a brand new crock pot and it cooks a little too well if you know what i mean. the butter really kicks it up a notch. mmmmm.

  20. 20.) Amy K.
    January 4th, 2011

    Hi Rebecca, thanks for the crockpot applesauce recipe. I have an 8 month old at home and have been playing with making our own food. How long does a batch like that generally last and do you end up storing it any special way or freezing it? The little one would pretty much be the only one eating it in our house.

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