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I enjoy applesauce, but never buy it because I am trying to eliminate high fructose corn syrup in our diet. The “Au natural” applesauce {read: bland and sour} is no good. As I was perusing Pinterest, I found a pin for homemade Crock Pot Applesauce. {Is it crock pot or crockpot? My spell correct thinks it should be crackpot!}

Since I haven’t attempted applesauce in a loooooong time, I figured I’d try this one and see how it worked out. I found bags of Gala Apples on sale at Sam’s for cheap and thus began my attempt at homemade applesauce. Here is the original recipe from Mommy Makes it Better blog.


  • 8 medium apples {I used Gala, but use the apples your family enjoys}
  • 1 strip of lemon peel
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 inch cinnamon stick {I didn’t have this, I just used the spice}
  • 5 tsp light brown sugar (unpacked) or agave {Dang! I had this, but opted for the brown sugar.}


  • Peel, core and dice apples.
  • Add sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice and cinnamon stick.
  • Set crock pot to LOW for 6 hours.
  • Stir occasionally
  • Remove cinnamon stick
  • Blend with immersion blender or keep chunky if you like it like that!

First, I used my mama’s crock pot. Her’s is waaaaay bigger than mine and has a fancy schmacy timer. {And I have yet to return it from when I made marinara sauce…shhh…don’t tell her.}

Crock Pot

I peeled and diced the apples.


I really wish I had one of these:

Apple Slicer Corer

It’s an apple peeler, corer, slicer! I saw someone use it once and it was awesome!! This may be going on my Christmas list!!

I juiced a lemon and poured it in the pot before I added the apples because I wanted to coat the apples so they wouldn’t turn brown while I hand peeled and diced the apples. I am also pretty sure I used about a Tablespoon of juice. I also didn’t add the peal because I forgot it last time and my daughter insisted that I repeat the same procedure as my first attempt.

After all that peeling and dicing, I added the brown sugar and about 1/2 Tablespoon of cinnamon and mixed it together.

Applesauce Ingredients

I set the timer to 6 hours, but then realized the fancy shmancy crock pot was cooking on high. To get it on low, I had to set it to 7 hours and watched the clock. {Should’ve just used my old fashion 6qt non-timed crock pot!}

Once it was all mushy and smelling delicious-like, I got out my favorite kitchen gadget and blended till it was smooth! {I realized I should have used my smaller Crock Pot since I made a small batch. I had to keep scooping the apples together to blend them.}


Once it cooled, I put it all in a jar and stuck it in the fridge.


It’s supposed to last up to 3 weeks, but it never lasts more than two days at my house. Yes! It’s that good!

Two thumbs up for this Pinterest find!!

Side Note:

While I was making this, hubby was frying up some shrimp and it was making the house smell too shrimpish.


So I piled some apple peels into a pot with water and cinnamon and heated it up. Very quickly the shrimpy smell dissipated and it smelled like fall…my favorite season EVER!!

Apple Scraps