Oct 2

The Family Crockpot Applesauce Recipe


This crockpot (slow cooker) applesauce recipe is a family favorite. Eat it as a snack, or serve it alongside a holiday ham or roast turkey.
The Family Crockpot Applesauce Recipe | cookincanuck.com #Thanksgiving

I was nearly ousted from the family last night. I put a comment on the Cookin’ Canuck Facebook page to say that my mother-in-law’s applesauce recipe was cooking in the crockpot and I would be posting the recipe. About 30 minutes later, my brother-in-law commented, “Noooo…can’t post the family recipe…” and later “Just won’t feel the same knowing that millions of people across the country will be enjoying it” (a million people – in my dreams).

I had to respect his unwillingness to share his mum’s recipe and his loyalty to this applesauce of all applesauces. The only way to resolve this dilemma was to go to the source. I called my mother-in-law to ask for her blessing which, luckily for all of you, she happily gave. So, if you make this recipe, please give a nod of thanks to several generations of women who have made this recipe for the families that always appreciated its wonderful flavor and warmth. To my brother-in-law: I hereby pledge to put a copyright on this recipe if I ever get millions of readers and to take all other family recipes to the grave with me.

The recipe:

Peel, core, quarter and slice 5 medium-sized Gala and 5 medium-sized Yellow Golden Delicious apples. Now, if you have one of these handy-dandy apple peelers, your work will be done in about 5 minutes. My kids fight over who gets to be the first peeler operator of the season.

Place all of the apple pieces in a large bowl and add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. The original recipe calls for 3/4 to 1 cup of sugar. Each year, I have decreased the amount of sugar by a little bit. No one seems to have noticed, so I’ve decided to stick with the lower sugar version. The waistband on my jeans thanks me.

Stir well.

Pour 1/4 cup water or apple juice into the bottom of a large crockpot (slow cooker) and add the apple mixture.

Cover, turn the crockpot setting to Low, and cook for about 8 hours, stirring occasionally and breaking up the apple slices with a wooden spoon as they soften. If you have a faster-paced life, crank the crockpot up to high and cook for 5 hours. It’s that easy.

Other family apple recipes:

Smitten Kitchen’s Mom’s Apple Cake
Simply Recipes’ Mom’s Baked Apple Slices
A Whisk & a Spoon’s Mom’s Banana Apple Bread

The Family Crockpot Applesauce Recipe
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Makes approximately 4 cups
  • 5 medium-sized Gala apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced
  • 5 medium-sized Golden Yellow Delicious apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup water or apple juice
  1. Place all of the apple pieces in a large bowl and stir in sugar and ground cinnamon. Pour water or apple juice into the bottom of a large crockpot (slow cooker) and add the apple mixture. Cover, turn the crockpot setting to Low, and cook for about 8 hours (or on High for 5 hours), stirring occasionally and breaking up the apple slices with a wooden spoon as they soften.
  2. Serve warm or room temperature.
Calories 143.3 / Total Fat 0.4g / Saturated Fat 0.1g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 2.6mg / Total Carbohydrates 37.9g / Fiber 5.7g / Sugar 29.9g / Protein 0.6g / WW (Old Points) 2 / WW (Points+) 2
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 143 cal Fat: Total Fat 0.4g / Saturated Fat 0.1g

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angie's Recipes October 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Looks so good! I usually buy the ready-made. Maybe I should try myself next time.

Angie's Recipes


2 Divina Pe October 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Thank you for sharing that. Better than buying store bought apple sauce.


3 alison October 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

very beautiful!homemade it so gooood!


4 April October 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I have been looking for an applesauce recipe. Thanks for posting!!


5 Melanie October 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

This looks like the perfect thing to make on this cold and rainy day in my neck of the woods. Many thanks to your mother-in-law for being willing to share the recipe.

Now I just need to get me one of those cool apple corer/peeler tools.


6 Maria October 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Maybe I will make this today! I love chunky applesauce! Thanks! How long does it keep for?


7 Barbara Bakes October 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm

I can just imagine how amazing this smells while it's cooking! Thanks for sharing the family secret recipe!


8 Jenn October 2, 2009 at 5:48 pm

That's fantastic that you mom-in-law gave her blessing. This is definitely an applesauce worthy of making. Plus it uses the crock pot. How could not love that.


9 Southern Grace Gourmet October 2, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Looks so good, I made apple sauce for my baby one time,, but he didnt like it :( I use to make all his baby food, he doesn't lie sweet unless its chocolate, Ill have to try your recipe, I know I will like it!


10 janet October 3, 2009 at 1:20 am

My recipe is nearly same as yours, it makes the house smell wonderful, doesn't it!


11 Miranda October 3, 2009 at 1:38 am

Hi there!
I needed this recipe last night! haha. My girlfriend called for a good apple sauce recipe for an entire Kindergarden Class.

Awesome Recipe!!!


12 Table Talk October 3, 2009 at 2:29 am

I have one of those apple peeler gadgets…it is a favorite around the house this time of year!


13 citronetvanille October 3, 2009 at 3:44 am

Familly recipes are the best! 8 hours of cooking, that must taste so good, We need to thank your mother in law.


14 redkathy October 3, 2009 at 4:57 am

Applesauce is a staple in my house. Thank your mother in law for the delicious recipe, and thank you for the lovely post, lower sugar content, and wonderful pics as always.


15 Food o' del Mundo October 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I miss making applesauce. We used to have an apple tree or two in the back yard. Thanks for the great memories – I LOVE the crock pot – never thought of it for apples – will have to give it a try!
~ Mary


16 lululu October 3, 2009 at 8:51 pm

i always wish i could hv a family recipe like this sweet one that i could sorta "inherit" from and to my offspring. just not gonna happen! maybe i should start now by myself! hahaha……
btw, fancy little gadget!!!


17 penny aka jeroxie October 4, 2009 at 4:02 am

My favourite sauce to go with roast pork. I wish I had one of those apple peeler~ So cool.


18 Judy October 4, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I have one of those apple peelers and it's been in constant use recently as our six apple trees have been working overtime. Thanks for the lovely recipe – will definitely make this.
BTW – the Wilkins Jam factory near us in Tiptree,UK, has a HUGE version of the apple peeler in their museum – used a few generations ago!


19 Diana Bauman October 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm

CC, Beautiful pictures!! I have to say, I usually make my applesauce plain, but I'm keeping this family gem! Thank you!!


20 Family Cuisine Food And Recipe October 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Nice applesauce. Thanks for sharing. Cheers !


21 Momma Jen October 6, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Thanks for the recipe, I will be making this for my family tonight. (And thank your MIL) Can't wait to have some for breakfast in the morning!


22 Kevin October 11, 2009 at 8:15 pm

That apple sauce looks good! I like to roast the apples when making apple sauce. It seems to intensify the flavour.


23 A Country Homemaker October 12, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Looks so yummy! I was wondering if this could be canned after it is cooked this way?


24 Jamie October 18, 2009 at 10:08 am

Fabulous looking applesauce! And love the "gadget" as my son calls it to peel the apples.


25 Anonymous November 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! I used it in my first grade class this past week, and your applesauce was a hit! Another teacher saw how much fun we had, and how yummy the applesauce was, and made the applesauce with her class two days later!


26 Anonymous November 26, 2009 at 3:48 am

Thanks. I usually make mine in a pot. Now I can get some sleep tonight, Thanksgiving Eve. The photos are great too. Thanks to your mother-in-law.


27 Whitney December 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

What are you supposed to do once they're cooked?? They're just some soft apple slices…do I mush them up or what?


28 Cookin' Canuck December 8, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Whitney, you should break it up with a wooden spoon, either as it is cooking or near the end of cooking. The apple slices will break up very easily and you'll end up with a chunky applesauce. If you want less chunks, break it up more. Sorry that I don't have that in the instructions. I"m going to add it in right now.


29 Jasmine March 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Just came across this blog and your recipe the other night. I made the applesauce last night and it was delicious! I blogged about it as well. Just wanted to let ya know, and thank you!!! :)



30 pennyK October 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try it right now…for real!

You mention that you can use apple juice instead of water. Have you ever tried apple cider?


31 Cookin' Canuck October 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Penny, apple cider would be fine. Really, you just need some liquid in the bottom of the crockpot. Most often, I use water and this doesn't sacrifice the flavor at all.


32 Linda Wright December 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Hi Dara! I'm on a roll with your recipes this weekend! I made this while the kids played out in the snow last night. What a wonderful thing to wake up to in the morning! I somehow couldn't find my cinnamon, so I just threw in 3 cinnamon sticks and fished them out in the morning. I used apple cider as a previous poster suggested and whatever apples I had on hand. Delish!


33 BJ September 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Just made this today. Delicious! I also cheated and added a little sour salt (citric acid) to give it a little more tartness – I’m not sure what kind of apples I got, but they were not tart. I also used a stick blender at the end to give it a baby food smoothness, just like grandma used to make it.

My slow cooker runs hot, so mine cooked for about 5-6 hours on low and it was plenty done.

Thanks for the recipe!


34 Heather Bell October 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm

This was so yummy and smelled so good! I shared it on my blog. Hope you don’t mind!


35 Julia January 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thank you Dara’s MIL for allowing her to post this. My entire family appreciates it :)


36 paleo diet cooking August 29, 2013 at 5:42 am

Legume includes navy, kidney, string, black, and pinto
beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), lentils, carob, licorice, and peanuts.
Cooking foods reduces the nutritional value of food and kills foods enzymes.
– Fruits and Desserts pairs well with: German
Rieslings Wines.


37 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl September 18, 2013 at 7:02 am

Galas and golden delicious are two of my favorite apples!! Love this!


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