Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!
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Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

Homemade applesauce in the slow cooker is a simple way to make beautiful, rich, delicious applesauce that not only tastes great, but also makes your house smell delightful!

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Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!

The other day my parents shared a bunch of “seconds” with us from a trip to a local apple orchard.

If you’re wondering what “seconds” are, they’re the fruits and veggies that are too bruised, oddly shaped, or bug-holed to be sold in the “regular” market.

They’re the ugly fruits.

Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!

Personally, I love these imperfect fruits because it’s clear to me that pesticides and other unhealthy additives weren’t used.

Yay!

And, produce doesn’t have to look perfect to taste perfect.

True story.

This particular bagful contained nearly twenty apples, and since I didn’t have any other all-day plans for my slow cooker, I thought:

Why not make homemade applesauce in the slow cooker?

This involved lots of peeling and dicing.

Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!

I used all eighteen apples that came in the bag.

(That’s a lot of peeling.)

Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!

Once ALL the apples were peeled and diced, into the slow cooker they went with lemon juice + zest, cinnamon, brown sugar, cardamom and a little apple cider!

And then they cooked, low and slow.

Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!

Seven hours later, I was left with apples that were fall-apart-tender and completely transformed into a dark, rich color.

The scent in the house was UNbelievable.

Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!

I scooped them out into a large bowl with a slotted spoon because there was a little more juice in there than I wanted in the applesauce.

Then I used a simple handheld metal potato masher to make the applesauce, but honestly, I could’ve just used a fork (that’s how amazingly tender those apples were).

Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!

My husband had to try the applesauce before it had even cooled. His reaction?

HOT damn! That’s the best applesauce I’ve ever had.

Well, then.

Thankyouverymuch.

Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!

Easy homemade slow cooker applesauce — tastes amazing, and makes your house smell delightful!

Homemade Applesauce in the Slow Cooker

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 20 minutes

You'll never go back to jarred applesauce after trying this easy slow cooker recipe!

Ingredients

  • 18-20 medium apples (any variety)
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 cup apple cider

Instructions

  1. Peel and then slice the apples into large chucks (6-8 slices each). Toss the apple slices into a slow cooker.
  2. Add the lemon zest and juice, cinnamon, brown sugar, cardamom and cider, and then toss everything together to coat the apples completely. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked apples to a large bowl, and then use a fork or potato masher to turn the apples into applesauce! Cool completely before serving. Makes about 4 cups.

Notes

You can use water instead of cider and omit the brown sugar and spices if you want a basic, but still really delicious, homemade applesauce in the slow cooker!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 12gSugar: 60gProtein: 1g

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Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) Always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect mojito and time to finish my novel!

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