Lazy Applesauce: 2-Ingredient, 3-Step Crockpot Applesauce (unsweetened)

Don't know what to do with all the apples from apple picking? Make this 2 ingredient slow cooker applesauce!We went apple picking a couple weeks ago and had an absolute blast. The apples were slightly over-priced, but when you come away from the adventure with a 3 hour outing AND 20lbs of apples, I’d call it a win. Not surprisingly, my big plans to make apple everything that week didn’t pan out – one of the kids got sick, then the other one got sick, then I had a couple extra babysitting kids, then some of our best friends in town moved away to the Netherlands… suffice it to say, something had to be done with the apples this past Saturday – they were starting to go brown & mushy. Still ‘ok’, just not great for eating fresh anymore. 
Golden Delicious Apples are a great variety for crockpot applesauce!We pick Golden Delicious when we go apple picking because A) they’re VERY tasty!! Not too tart but great for cooking AND eating fresh! B) their huge size makes them quick to peel – less effort!

I don’t like rotting food, so my first impulse is to chuck it in the green bin for composting – but when it comes to apples, I reign in that impulse & pull out the slow cooker. I obviously don’t use any moldy apples, but if it’s just bruising & over ripening I’m happy to throw them in the pot.  There are some time-consuming ways  to make absolutely phenomenal applesauce that involve hand-cranked food mills and caramelizing things, but my personal favourite is crockpot applesauce: peel & core, forget, stir. Voila, 3 step applesauce! It is literally the easiest possible way of making applesauce – although I do feel a bit dishonest saying that you’re “Making Applesauce” with this method – much like you put bread in the toaster and IT makes the toast, you put apples into the slowcooker and IT makes the applesauce! 
What can I do with bruised apples? Make Crock Pot Applesauce!

Most applesauce that you buy in the stores has sugar added to it – but unless you’re using the tartest of the tart apples, sugar isn’t necessary. Apples are chock-full of natural sugars, so just a dash of cinnamon is all the seasoning you’ll need in this recipe.

My experience has been that the end volume of applesauce is about 50% of the starting volume of apples – when I fill my largest crock pot to the brim with apples, I come away with 8 cups of applesauce. It freezes well but doesn’t like to live in the fridge for more than a couple weeks, so after I divvy it up between 2 cup containers I toss all but one into the freezer. 

2 Ingredient, 3 Step Easy Crockpot applesauce

3 Step, 2 Ingredient Crock Pot Applesauce
The easiest applesauce recipe you'll ever come across. A perfect way to use up your bruised & soft apples with minimal effort.
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  1. Enough apples to fill your slow cooker (not too tart)
  2. A dash of cinnamon
  1. Peel apples, core & cut into large chunks.
  2. Add to slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Mash gently with a potato masher.
  6. Divvy between storage containers & allow to cool on the counter before storing in the fridge or freezer.
  1. Keeps well in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, store extras in the freezer.
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Jenn vanOosten

I live in Hamilton, Ontario, and love my city. I'm a Netflixer, choral music geek, bookworm, inventor of recipes (I take Artistic Licence on EVERYTHING that I make), wife of one, mother of two, and owner of a neurotic Schnauzer. I respect people who respect others. I love good food that's well done, but my favourite lunch is KD & hotdogs. With ketchup. I'm addicted to Clearance Shopping. I will ALWAYS get the product that I want at the price that I want, eventually.


  1. Great use of apples going bad! Must remember this for next time, and I love your orchard selfie.

    • Thanks, Holly! I didn’t actually MEAN to take that selfie, I was getting the phone set up on the selfie stick for a pic with the kids, but I accidentally started the timer, so I just went with it. ;)

  2. For the record. I will make anything that has the name lazy in it.

  3. I didn’t know you could make apple sauce with a croc pot! What a great idea!!! PS. my croc pot is the only kitchen appliance that likes me :-)

  4. Mmmmm looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never tried making applesauce in my crockpot before, for some bizarre reason. I should remedy this stat!

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