No-Sugar-Added Crockpot Applesauce

1397987_10152320097152575_2087456530_oWhen I went to the fruit bowl yesterday afternoon to reach for an apple, I noticed almost all of them had bruises.

PERFECT! Now I wouldn’t feel guilty about killing off the whole bowl for one recipe:)

My friend Seo made reduced-sugar pumpkin butter in her crockpot earlier this week and it inspired me to whip up something equally Fall-ish.

As I am not exactly a crockpot expert (but really, do you have to be?) and have never made applesauce before, I did a little research first.

Almost every recipe I found, even ones labeled “Paleo” and “healthy,” added fat (butter) and/or sugar.  Even if it’s honey or coconut sugar and it’s all natural and unrefined, it’s still SUGAR.

I suspected the apples would be sweet enough on their own, so I just let the slow cooker and apples do their thing.  No sweetening.  No pureeing.  As little work as possible.

Here is the result, and yes, the apples are wonderfully sweet just like they are.  I love simple foods and simple recipes, where food is as un-messed-around-with as possible.  And if I cared about being hip, I would probably re-name it something like “Minimalist Applesauce.”

So hip.  Or as hip as you can be making applesauce in a crockpot. 😉



8-9 small to medium-sized apples, peeled, cored, and cut roughly into chunks

1 Tbs. ground cinnamon

pinch of sea salt


Put the peeled, chopped apples into your crockpot and sprinkle with a pinch or two of salt.  Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours, stirring occasionally.  Most of the apples will have broken down , but use a wooden spoon to break up any big chunks.

Add ground cinnamon and stir to incorporate.  Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve over pork chops like I did, or stir a spoonful into your Greek yogurt or morning bowl of oat bran.  You can also use it in any baking recipes that call for applesauce, or just eat it by itself.

My dinner last night:


4 Comments on No-Sugar-Added Crockpot Applesauce

  1. Love this! I usually make mine in a pot on the stove works just the same. I love to add the pumpkin pie spice mix or other fruit, like berries to give it a fun new flavor :) And definitely no extra sugar needed!

  2. That’s how I buy it, unsweetened and I agree…it doesn’t need anything else!

    • I always buy it but man…I may never go back. This stuff is SO good and reminds me of the kind my grandma used to make. We had it a lot when we went to her house – and I’m a sucker for nostalgia!

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