Homemade Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Applesauce tastes better than store bought and is super easy to make! Cooking the apples in the crock pot also fills the home with the delicious scent of apples. Eat this applesauce as a snack, a side dish or use it in recipes! Adults and children are sure to love this recipe that is naturally gluten free, dairy free, and low in added sugar.
How to Make 3-Ingredient Applesauce
This recipe could not be easier to make! To start, decide which kind of apples you would like to use. We used a mixture of green and red apples to give it a sweet and tart flavor. Next, wash and peel your apples. Remove the cores and cut apples into chunks and drop them into the crock pot.
Next, add the lemon juice to the crock pot. Toss the apples around to coat the apples. This will give the applesauce a slight lemon flavor while also keeping the apples from becoming too brown.
Set the crock pot on low for 4 hours and let the apples cook. If you are around, feel free to stir intermittently. The apples are done when they can be easily smashed with a fork.
Once the apples are cooked, decide how you want to smash them. This can be done many ways. Either with an immersion blender, traditional blender, food processor or with a potato masher for chunky applesauce.
Mash or blend your apples and then add the honey (if desired) one tablespoon at a time until your desired sweetness level. If necessary add water to adjust the consistency to your liking.
Note: if you do not want the added sugar, the honey can be skipped all together.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Homemade applesauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. I like to store my applesauce in mason jars.
Yes, portion out the applesauce into airtight containers and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Defrost in the refrigerator before using.
Skip the honey and try either maple syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar or stevia!
Of course! Add some ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick to the slow cooker while it is cooking. Be sure to remove the cinnamon stick before blending if you choose to add that. Other spices like nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and ginger would also pair well with this recipe.
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- 3 gala apples
- 3 granny smith apples
- 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp honey
- water (if needed)
- Wash and peel all apples. Remove the core and slice into chunks.
- Put apples into the crock pot.
- Juice the lemon and add lemon juice to crock pot. Toss apples to coat in the lemon juice.
- Turn crock pot on low for 4 hours. Stir intermittently if possible.
- Once apples are easy to mash with a fork, decide how to mash you apples. An immersion blender, traditional blender or food processor will all give a smooth applesauce. For a chunky applesauce use a potato masher.
- Once apples are mashed to desired consistency (add water if needed to thin it out), slowly add honey until desired sweetness is reached. If you prefer applesauce unsweetened skip the honey!
- Serve applesauce immediately or let cool and store in air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Add cinnamon if desired.
Other sweeteners such as maple syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar and stevia can be used.