Slow Cooker Strawberry Applesauce


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This slow cooker strawberry applesauce combines sweet strawberries with tart green apples and two other pantry staples. It’s the perfect homemade applesauce to keep on hand and use for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a quick snack. Your family will absolutely love this, especially if you have kids.

You can make regular slow cooker applesauce, or slow cooker apple butter in your slow cooker too! The possibilities are endless.

cooked strawberry applesauce with whisk in it.

Why this recipe works

Strawberries are typically one of those fruits that either get used up or end up going bad. Instead of having to toss them out, use them to make some of this delicious apple strawberry sauce.

If you have babies or toddlers, this is also a tasty and nutritious treat they can have. In addition, strawberry applesauce can replace your ordinary preserves or jelly. With low prep time and cooking ease, this is a recipe you’ll want to make a big batch of!

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for strawberry applesauce on table.
  • Strawberries: Storebought or farm-fresh-picked strawberries both work for this recipe.
  • Apples: Green apples give the applesauce a slight tart flavor.
  • Sugar: Helps add sweetness to the overall taste.
  • Apple Juice: Provides a bit more apple flavor.

Step-by-Step Directions

collage on how to add ingredients to slow cooker for strawberry applesauce.

Step One – Peel, core, and slice 7 apples (about 4 pounds). There is no need to be exact on the amounts in this recipe, always turns out great. Add the apples to the slow cooker.

Step Two – Add one pound of stemmed strawberries to the slow cooker.

Step Three – Pour over a 1/2 cup of apple juice or water. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 5 hours or low for 8 hours.

how to blend up strawberry applesauce.

Step Four – After the cooking time is done, stir the apples and strawberries with a whisk until a sauce forms. Alternatively, you can blend up the applesauce in your blender or food processor.

Step Five – Serve and enjoy!

strawberry applesauce with whisk in it

How to serve?

  • Yogurt Topping: When dressing your yogurt, add a spoonful (or two) of this strawberry apple sauce along with granola and a few slices of fresh fruit.
  • Oatmeal: Give your bowl of oatmeal an instant perk of flavor by adding this delicious applesauce to it. Simply add a few dollops and give your oatmeal a stir and enjoy!
  • Lunch Side: Add this applesauce to your lunch as a healthy side.
  • Quick Dessert: This makes for a quick and easy dessert, especially when the sweet tooth hits. Top your ice cream with a heaping spoonful of this applesauce (warm or cold).
  • Toast – Hands down the BEST way to eat apple sauce. Lightly toast your bread, slather with butter, then top with cold strawberry applesauce! Great for when you’re not feeling well.
how to blend up strawberry applesauce.

How to store:

  • Place the strawberry applesauce into an airtight container. Consider using multiple small containers for the best storage. Glass jars or Tupperware works great. Place in the fridge for up to a week.
  • If you want to freeze, leave at room at the top of the jars for expansion, about an inch.
  • Freeze for up to three months. Any longer may affect the taste.
  • To thaw, place in the fridge the day before you would like to use it.
  • This is not a canning recipe; canning takes special precautions and exact measurements.

Variations

You make using a different type of fruit if desired. Use two cups of fruit along with the apples for a different variation.

  • Peaches or Nectarines
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries or Blackberries
  • Pears
strawberry applesauce in strawberry applesauce jar

Recipe FAQs

Should I add cinnamon?

I would not add cinnamon to this, it will cover up the strawberry flavor and affect the pink coloring. However, I do add cinnamon to all my other applesauce and butter recipes, in this one, I do not.

What other types of apples could I use with this recipe?

In addition to Granny Smith’s green apples, you can use Gala, Fuji, Pink Lady, and/or Honey Crisp.

Can I omit the sugar?

Sure. You’ll have tartier applesauce, but still yummy and edible. Vanilla extract is also another ingredient you can add for slight flavoring.

What other ingredients can I use to sweeten this strawberry applesauce?

If you’re looking to dodge the sugar, you can always add honey to taste.

Can I use frozen strawberries?

Yes, although you may not get the same flavor as what fresh strawberries will provide.

If I choose the canning option, should I add lemon juice?

As mentioned before, this isn’t particularly a canning recipe; however, you can add a bit of lemon juice for extended storing options.

white bowl with strawberry apple sauce.

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Slow Cooker Strawberry Applesauce

4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Forget buying strawberry applesauce at the store and make a big pot of this slow cooker strawberry applesauce.

Ingredients 
 

  • 7 apples, (about 3-4 pounds, no need to be exact!)
  • 1 lb. container strawberries
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or water
  • sugar, to taste if desired

Instructions 

  • Peel, core and slice apples and add to the slow cooker. Remove the stems from the strawberries and add to the slow cooker with the apples. Add the apple juice or water.
  • Cover, and cook on HIGH for 5 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
  • Using a whisk stir the apples and strawberries until a sauce forms. Alternatively, you can blend up the applesauce in your blender or food processor.
  • Taste the sauce and decide if you want to add sugar. Add a tablespoon at a time until desired sweetness is reached
  • Serve and enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers in small containers for up to a week. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in fridge for a day before needed.

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Notes

How to store:
  • Place the strawberry applesauce into an airtight container. Consider using multiple small containers for the best storage. Glass jars or Tupperware works great. Place in the fridge for up to a week.
  • If you want to freeze, leave at room at the top of the jars for expansion, about an inch.
  • Freeze for up to three months. Any longer may affect the taste.
  • To thaw, place it in the fridge the day before you want to use it.
  • This is not a canning recipe; canning takes special precautions and exact measurements.
Can I add cinnamon?
I do not recommend adding cinnamon to this, it will cover up the strawberry flavor and the color of the applesauce won’t be as pink.
Can I omit the sugar?
Sure. You’ll have tartier applesauce, but still yummy and edible. Vanilla extract is also another ingredient you can add for slight flavoring.
Can I use frozen strawberries?
Yes, although you may not get the same flavor as what fresh strawberries will provide.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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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59 Comments

  1. Heather says:

    This was absolutely delicious! Is it about 1/4 cup for each serving?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I do not have measurements, I apologize.

  2. Sandy says:

    Can I sweeten with honey?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, honey would taste great.

  3. Anonymous says:

    4 stars
    Still in the slow cooker, but I forgot to add the apple juice till just now, about half way through cooking on slow as it wasn’t in the direction part. I saw it on the ingredient list, but not when I was reading directions. I hope it will be okay still!!

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes!

  4. nunu says:

    5 stars
    I turned this into popsicles for my kids and they loved them.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What kind of apples do you use?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I usually use Fuji, but any will work.

  6. John says:

    5 stars
    Just Fuji apples, strawberries and water. Delicious. Going to save most of it for Pork Chops. Who knew it could be this easy.

  7. Patty says:

    Could I can this?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I’m unsure if it has the right ratios to can safely.