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Slow Cooker Applesauce

Slow Cooker Applesauce

I’m not even sure this Slow Cooker Applesauce can be called a recipe because it only has 2 ingredients, but I wanted to share it because it’s so easy and delicious! I went apple picking yesterday with my parents and my boyfriend and we came back with a ton of ripe, delicious New York state apples! I used a mixture of Gala, Mackintosh and Jonamac apples in this applesauce, but feel free to mix it up and try other varieties. I let this cook overnight and it really couldn’t be simpler. I love unsweetened applesauce (apples are naturally sweet!) but you can certainly add a little sugar or brown sugar if you desire (will change nutrition information).

Unsweetened applesauce is not only delicious on its own, but it’s a great ingredient to keep on hand for baking. If you plan to use it this way, I would omit the cinnamon and make it with just the apples. For ideas on recipes using unsweetened applesauce, check out Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Carrot Cake Cupcakes, Blueberry Peach Baked Oatmeal, Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts, Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins, Hummingbird Cupcakes, Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins and Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

Slow Cooker Applesauce

 

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Slow Cooker Applesauce

Yield: 6 (1/2 cup) servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium-large apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Cinnamon, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the peeled apple wedges into your slow cooker and add water. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Mash apples lightly with the back of a spook or a fork (apples will fall apart easily). Add cinnamon (I would start with ½ teaspoon and see if you want more), stir in and continue to cook on low for another 15 minutes. For chunkier applesauce, serve as is. For smooth applesauce, use an immersion blender or place applesauce in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Can serve warm or cold. Makes about 3 cups.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints:
0 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
3 per serving* (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

*Weight Watchers PointsPlus counts unsweetened applesauce as 0 points+ in the WW tracker, so I am personally counting this as 0 WW pointsplus. For consistency I listed the pointsplus above using the Weight Watchers recipe builder, but in this instance I am going to go by their applesauce listing – do whatever you feel comfortable with!

Nutrition Information:
83 calories, 22 g carbs, 17 g sugars, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 1 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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Slow Cooker Applesauce

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23 Responses to “Slow Cooker Applesauce”

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    Holly Secord — September 15, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    Can you can this recipe?

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — September 15th, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

      I know absolutely nothing about canning – sorry! I’ve never done it before.

    • DrGaellon replied: — September 16th, 2013 @ 1:56 am

      Only if you pressure can it. Not enough acid for water-bath canning.

    • Holly Secord replied: — September 18th, 2013 @ 12:46 am

      Ok. Thank you so much.

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    steph — September 15, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    How much cinnamon did you use? I’m not good at estimating “to taste” amounts!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — September 15th, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

      I would start with 1/2 teaspoon, stir it in and taste it and then decide if you want more!

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    Trish from BLO — September 16, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    Hi Emily –

    May I ask where you went apple picking? I live in Buffalo, as well, as I really want to find somewhere to do it this Fall. Thanks!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — September 19th, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

      Hi Trish! We went to Becker Farms up in Niagara County 🙂

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    Anonymous — September 22, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    Can this applesauce recipe be frozen in small freezer containers.

    • Kristen replied: — September 22nd, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

      We froze homemade applesauce for babyfood all the time, in rubbermaid containers. Worked great!

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    Kristen — September 22, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

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    Kieliszek — September 23, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    I don’t get how it can have points on recipe builder with apples =0 points and cinnamon wich =0. Sounds great and can’t wait to try!

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — September 23rd, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

      The Weight Watchers recipe builder does not recognize fruits and vegetables as zero points, it simply adds up all of the nutrition information for your recipe and converts it to points per serving. From what I understand, this is purposeful because cooking/altering fruits and vegetables can lessen the amount of nutrients. For this specific recipe, since WW counts unsweetened applesauce as 0P+ that is how I am personally counting it.

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    Miranda Perkins — September 29, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    I added some splenda for extra sweetness – delicious! Still counted as 0p+ too.

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    Monica — October 6, 2013 @ 12:21 am

    Sounds great! How long will this last in the fridge?

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    Elizabeth Jones — October 26, 2013 @ 4:27 am

    I have mine cooking overnight in the crockpot! Excited for the apple smell when I wake up

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    Paula — January 11, 2015 @ 1:46 pm

    I needed additional sweetness for this. I added stevia and a good amount of cinnamon. Still didn’t get it quite right…. Assuming it will take some adjustment to go from storebought (full of sugar) to real applesauce…. Thank you for the recipe!

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    Chris — December 30, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    I’m making the applesauce now. It’s been in crockpot for 6hrs and the apples are already mashed

    • Emily Bites replied: — December 30th, 2015 @ 4:09 pm

      Okay, feel free to finish it up early if it’s ready!

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    Chris — December 30, 2015 @ 4:56 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is delist! It was so easy to do

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    Judy — January 3, 2016 @ 6:43 pm

    Is each serving size a cup?

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 4th, 2016 @ 12:02 pm

      Hi Judy, the serving info is listed directly under the recipe title in the recipe section of each post. This makes six 1/2 cup servings!

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