Easy Crockpot “Apple Pie” Sauce

My boys adore homemade applesauce. (Affectionately known as “apple pie sauce” in our house.) So when my neighbor’s apple tree exploded with an abundance of apples this month, we pulled out our crockpot and started peeling …

This lightly spiced version of a traditional classic uses pure apple juice and maple syrup, with just a hint of cinnamon, to accentuate the sweetness of the apples. Mmm…so yummy! And another great way to get your Kids in the Kitchen with you!

Easy Crockpot “Apple Pie” Sauce

Yield: approximately 6 cups

Easy Crockpot “Apple Pie” Sauce


  • 10-12 medium-to-large crisp organic *apples
  • 1 1/4 cups 100% pure unfiltered organic apple juice
  • 1/4 cup filtered water

  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Peel and core apples. Cut into one-inch chunks and place in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup (or small bowl), whisk together apple juice, water, maple syrup, lemon juice and cinnamon. Pour over apple chunks.
  3. Cover crockpot and cook on low about 4 hours, until apples are very soft and easily fall apart when mashed with a fork.
  4. Mash apples to desired consistency using a potato masher, an immersion blender, or pulse-puree in batches in a food processor. (If using the food processor, transfer applesauce in batches to a large bowl.)
  5. If applesauce is too thick, add a few tablespoons of filtered water and stir well. Continue adding a couple of tablespoons of water at a time until you reach desired thickness. (I usually need to add about ¼ to ½ cup of water to thin it out a bit.)
  6. Note: Applesauce will become sweeter as it cools. We prefer just a hint of cinnamon, but feel free to season to taste with additional ground cinnamon, if desired.
  7. Place applesauce in airtight containers and store in refrigerator. Makes a delicious snack, or side dish for virtually any meal!


*Recommended apples: Fuji, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Pink Lady or McIntosh. A mix of apples works nicely! And of course, free apples from your own (or a neighbor's) tree are the best!

(Special thanks to my neighbor, Carla, for supplying us with an abundance of delicious apples to enjoy!)



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    • Kelly says

      It’s just ever so slightly spiced, so if you really like cinnamon and spices, you may want to kick it up a notch with more cinnamon and a pinch or two of nutmeg! :) Blessings, Kelly


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