Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce


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This slow cooker cinnamon applesauce recipe is so easy to make. It’s yummy on toast, ice cream, or use in place of oil in your cake mixes.

Applesauce in a slow cooker with toast on the side.

We use applesauce almost daily for breakfast at our house. We often buy store-bought though I try to make this Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce a few times a year.

Whole apples in a slow cooker.

What kind of apples should I use?

  • Any variety is great in this recipe. My favorite is whatever is on sale which is usually Gala or Fuji.
  • If you are using an apple that is very tart such as Granny Smith, be prepared to add sugar at the end of the cooking time.
Apples, apple juice, cinnamon and cinnamon sticks in front of a slow cooker.

How to make Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce:

  • Peel the apples. Slice and core them. Do not leave any bits of the core on the apples, they will not break down in the slow cooking process.
  • Add the apples to the slow cooker.
Sliced and peeled apples in a large slow cooker.
  • Add ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks on top of the apples.
  • Add apple juice, apple cider or water to the apples. This will help make a juicy apple sauce and prevent burning.
Sliced apples with powdered cinnamon and cinnamon sticks on top in a slow cooker.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 5 hours.
Cooked apples in a slow cooker with cinnamon on top.
  • To make the cooked apples into applesauce take a whisk and stir the apples, breaking apart the apples into a sauce.
  • Add sugar if desired, it may not be nessasary. Only add a tablespoon at a time.
Cooked finished applesauce in a slow cooker.

How to serve:

3 jars of apple sauce on a wooden table.

How to store:

  • If you aren’t going to use the applesauce straight away, place in containers and Refrigerate for up to a week.
  • Freeze in jars or Tupperware for up to three months.
  • This is not a canning recipe, canning takes an exact science for safety reasons.

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Cooked cinnamon applesauce in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 15
Make homemade applesauce right in your slow cooker. Set it and forget it, and come home to the best scent ever.


  • 4 lbs. apples, any variety
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup apple juice or cider, (water works fine too!)
  • sugar if desired


  • Wash, Peel and slice the apples and place them in the slow cooker.
  • Add cinnamon powder, and cinnamon sticks and apple juice.
  • Cook on high for 5 hours or on 8 to 10 hours on low.
  • Remove cinnamon sticks. Use a whisk to stir the applesauce until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Add sugar if desired (only add a tablespoon at a time, this recipe takes none or just a tad of sugar)



This is not a canning recipe; canning involves an exact science and special precautions. Refrigerate, freeze, or eat this right away.
Nutritional values are approximate. Please use your own calculations if you require a special diet. The values below are for 1/15 of the recipe with no sugar added.


Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Kozmic Kitchen says:

    5 stars
    This is your good old basic applesauce recipe and it’s a good one! It freezes very well and taste just as awesome when it defrosts or try it when it’s still a little frosty.
    I would like to contribute from the prep standpoint because this recipe is fine just the way it is but I have my way of prepping here it is:
    After I core the apples, I am leaving the skin on as 8 to 10 hours in a slow cooker most definitely will cook the skins for those of us that do like them intact, I then quarter the apples. Using my food processor I put a bunch of them through the chop cycle and then dump them into the slow cooker it goes rather quickly and I achieve the texture that you see in Sarah’s pictures before they’re even cooked! This avoids using an immersion blender or really working them over at the end to achieve a smoother texture and of course get them well blended. We enjoy our sugars so I do add raisins during the cooking time, and whatever amount of white and brown sugar is necessary depending on the apples and their tartness. Well, I’ve added my two cents, and it works for me maybe somebody else will find it useful as well!

  2. donna says:

    5 stars
    excellent my family loves this and all your slow cooker recipies

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Awe! Thank you, Donna!

  3. Linda says:

    5 stars
    I made this a few days ago. I had so many apples I had to make something. Apple-solutly will make again. I think my next batch I will just use just use the cinnamon sticks & sugar. Just to have a different flavor. So many options. Thanks for a great recipe

  4. Alice Brydon says:

    How many cups of finished applesauce does this recipe make? The recipe says “15 servings”, but how big is a serving?

  5. Martha says:

    5 stars
    5 star for sure

  6. Martha says:

    I have a lot of pears and I am going to do them this way but also add a little allspice. Recipe sounds delicious, hope my pears will do well also.