Fall Apple Recipe Round-Up – Slow Cooker Applesauce {allergy-friendly}

BusyBeeKate-AppleRecipeRoundUpSlowCookerApplesauceIf you happened to catch my blog post earlier this week, I am challenging myself to try out 10 new apple recipes throughout the next few weeks. 

Originally I had planned on making them in order (see graphic,) but I jumped to #8 yesterday when I realized I had no other safe pancake mix in the house and my daughter wanted pancakes for breakfast.  Check out that recipe here.

I have been searching for an allergy-friendly chunky applesauce and haven’t been able to find one in the stores, so with all the new apples in our home I knew I had to try to make my own.

This recipe is from Cooking Ala Mel and attracted me because it has no added sugar and you can basically toss everything into the crock-pot and let it sit.  I love tasty, easy crock-pot dishes!

I followed her directions and was really impressed with this applesauce.  Since it had no added sugar I used mostly red apples which are a bit sweeter than green ones.


This recipe is simple.  Core and cut up about 10 medium to large apples (remove or leave the skins on depending on your preference,) 1 cup of water, and 2 cinnamon sticks and put into the slow cooker on low for 4-5 hours until the apples are soft.   

Once done cooking, remove the cinnamon sticks and break the apples up with a wooden spoon by stirring.  For a chunkier applesauce (which is what I made,) just break up until it reaches your desired consistency.   For a smooth applesauce, transfer the apples to a food processor and process until smooth. Add ground cinnamon to taste.


My daughter and I enjoyed a bowl right after it was complete, and we both loved it.   You are really abole to taste the different varieties of apples which provided for enough sweetness.  


Here’s a closer view!BusyBeeKate-SlowCookerApplesauce2

I definitely would recommend making this applesauce, it was super easy and super tasty.  One of the fun parts about making it next time will be trying new varieties of apples and mixing up that taste that way.   

Be sure to check back next week for two more additional apple recipes that I will be sharing with you from the round-up!   

Slow Cooker Applesauce
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
  1. 10 medium to large apples, cored and roughly chopped (you can peel them if you want)
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 2 cinnamon sticks
  4. Ground cinnamon, for finishing
  1. Place the chopped apples, water, and cinnamon sticks in the bowl of a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low, covered, for 4-5 hours, until the apples are soft.
  3. Once done cooking, remove the cinnamon sticks.
  4. Break the apples up with a wooden spoon by stirring, until it reaches your desired consistency (for a chunkier applesauce).
  5. For a smooth applesauce, transfer the apples to a food processor, processing until smooth. Add ground cinnamon to taste.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  1. If you don't have cinnamon sticks then add a couple teaspoons of ground cinnamon to the apples in the slow cooker, and then add more if you like once it's done cooking and smooth.
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    This looks really good and sounds easy enough to make. 🙂

      • {Busy Bee} Kate Pietrak
      • October 4, 2014

      I most’ve been living in a bubble because I thought I’d have to ‘slave’ over the stove to make good applesauce… and knew that would be hard to devote my full attention to. I was surprised at how easy and tasty this was!

  2. Reply

    So glad you enjoyed this recipe! Isn’t it great how easy it is?! I haven’t made it yet this year, but I’m going apple picking next week, so I can’t wait to make huge batches!!

      • {Busy Bee} Kate Pietrak
      • October 4, 2014

      Yes, it was great to find one without added sugar from your blog… and not worrying about burning on the stove. Have fun apple picking, we went last week and have been eating {and baking} through them so quickly! p.s. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes too 🙂

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