5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce | rock + paper + skillet

You might not think of applesauce as being one of those things you need to make. I mean, Mott’s has a pretty good handle on the market right? But I’m hear to tell you, as someone who has made 4 batches in 2 weeks, Mott’s ain’t got nothin’ on me. No kidding, I’m eating a small bowl of homemade applesauce right now, fresh out of the slow cooker, as a late night snack! I’m calling it “5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce” but to be honest I don’t even think water and salt technically count as ingredients. So it’s really 3 ingredients and no added sugar. You heard me. NO. ADDED. SUGAR. And it tastes like it was kissed by angels. (That’s a thing right?) So yes, you DO need to make applesauce when angels are involved. But first, a little back story.

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce | rock + paper + skillet

We go apple picking every fall up here in the northeast and this year our haul was preeeeeeetty substantial. Like “What in the hell can we make that uses a lot of apples at once?!” So I talked to Little R’s teachers and we arranged an in-class cooking sesh with her 1st grade class. The kids were so enthusiastic about cooking and they jumped right in. They peeled the apples and used an apple slicer (like THIS) to cut them up. The kids took turns adding the lemon juice and salt and cinnamon and vanilla extract. We ended up making a quadruple batch, split between 2 slow cookers. YO. I don’t know if it was because they helped make it or because it was freaking delicious, but those kids INHALED the applesauce. Like it was gone by the end of day. It was such a big hit that Little R requested we bring in a batch to her end-of-year class breakfast this past week. Sure enough the container was empty by the time the breakfast was over…

Add a big scoop to a jar of overnight oats. Stir some into a warm bowl of oatmeal. Top a thick slice of toasted banana bread with a dollop. Or do what I do and warm up a bowl for an after dinner treat. This 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce is so easy kids can make it and so delicious it’ll become an instant hit in your kitchen. Make a batch and watch it disappear!

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes

Category: snack

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Once you taste the difference between homemade and store-bought applesauce you'll be hooked. And once you see how easy it is to make your own, you'll never go back!

Ingredients

4 pounds apples (a mix of Gala, Granny Smith & Golden Delicious work best), peeled, cored and sliced

Juice from 1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup water

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker and stir to combine. Place lid on top and cook on Low for 6 hours.

When applesauce is finished cooking use a stick blender or regular stand blender to blend it to your desired texture. For a chunkier texture use a stick blender and don't blend completely. For a smoother texture use a regular blender and blend in batches. Be sure to vent the top to let the steam escape. Or to avoid rogue applesauce burns just let the mixture cool down before blending.

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5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce | rock + paper + skillet

In other news I’m getting ready to pack up the kids and head back to the Midwest for some summer fun in the Kansas heat! I’ll keep ya up on Instagram but the blog will be pretty quiet until July. Happy summer y’all!

xoxo,
maggie

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