If you've never made your own Sugar Free Crock Pot Applesauce, it's so easy and simple to whip up you'll wonder why you've never done it before. It's thrifty and the flavor of applesauce made from fresh apples is wonderful.
I really like making my crockpot applesauce without any kind of added sweetener or spices. These things, if they are needed, can be added prior to serving.
Let me show you just how easy this is. You need about 10-12 cups of sliced apples, depending on the size of your slow-cooker. I actually never measure the amount. I just fill the crockpot with sliced apples.
While of course you can use a knife to core and cut up the apples, I love using my little peeler / slicer / corer. It's fun and quick. You can leave the apples unpeeled if you wish, but the apples I used are the totally organic ones off the tree in my backyard, so I was just making certain there were no unwelcome additions to my applesauce. 😉
I then gave the slices a quick soak in citric acid and water bath. To keep the apples from getting dark before they even made it to the pot. You could use the juice of a lemon in water too. It lends a bit of tartness, if you are using very mild apples. This is an optional step.
Put the apple slices in the Crock Pot and pour in a 1/4 cup water, put on the lid and cook the apples on high 3-4 hours ro low 5-6.
Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes and then blend in batches in the blender or food processor.
It only takes a few seconds of pulsing in the food processor to get it to the smoothness of your choice:
It can be sweetened at this point or you can wait till just before it's served. It will keep in the fridge for up to 10 days. It can be frozen for up to 6 months. Enjoy! -Laura
Sugar Free Crock Pot Applesauce
- 10 cups apples, sliced and peelled
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tblsp citric acid (optional)
- Wash, Peel and slice apples.
- Soak them in a bowl of water containing the citric acid, if desired.
- Place slices in crock pot.
- Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 5-6 hours.
- Allow apple mixture to cool and then blend till smooth in a food processor or blender.
- Add sweetener and spices, if desired, before serving.