Kid Pick: Homemade Applesauce in the Crock Pot

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Do your kids go through those packets of applesauce from the store faster than lightning? Mine do. I keep them in their own little drawer in my pantry and I swear it’s always empty. I’ve made homemade applesauce on the stove top before, but thought the crock pot might be an easier way to indulge my applesauce monsters.

I was right. And bonus, it makes your house smell soooo good.

Our only problem with this recipe was that it disappeared in two days! If you have a larger crock (6 qt. or more) you could double it. This applesauce freezes well, so go ahead make the big batch if you can.

p.s. My little guy eats this, so I keep the sugar content pretty low. Feel free to add more to taste!

Kid Pick: Homemade Applesauce in the Crock Pot

Kid Pick: Homemade Applesauce in the Crock Pot


8 large apples (Use a combination of Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Gala, etc.)

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

3-inch cinnamon stick

5 teaspoons brown sugar


Peel, core and chop the apples. Note: I don't peel my apples because I'm lazy and I use an immersion (hand) blender at the end. If your kids demand silky smooth applesauce, you will want to peel them. Otherwise, don't bother if you have a hand-blender.

Add apples to 4 quart crock pot and top with lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon stick and brown sugar.

Set crock pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir apples occasionally, apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce. Remove cinnamon stick and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth or if you prefer a chunky sauce, leave sauce intact. Add more brown sugar to taste.

Keeps refrigerated up to 3 weeks. Freeze for six months.

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