Slow Cooker Vanilla Applesauce

This post originally appeared on this site in 2011. With apple season upon us, I wanted to remind you of this easy and delicious way to use those apples.

Slow Cooker Vanilla Applesauce ||

Homemade applesauce is definitely a fall favorite at our house, especially when it’s flavored with a hint of vanilla. Tastes delicious and smells heavenly while it’s cooking.

The best part of this recipe was my sweet little helper. She’s just old enough for me to be comfortable giving her a butter knife to cut things, and these apples were perfect for butter knife cutting. I peeled and quartered the apples, and she cut them into chunks and placed them in the slow cooker.


We ended up with 14 cups of apples. When the slow cooker was full of apples we added the seasonings.

We added:

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar (Use more if you want it sweeter.)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla (pure, not imitation)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

Then we cooked it on low for 3 hours. We prefer our applesauce a little chunky, so cook it another hour if you want it smoother. We ended up with an applesauce with just a hint of vanilla flavor.

We’ve also made Raspberry Applesauce in our slow cooker. Delicious!

Slow Cooker Raspberry Applesauce ||

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  1. says

    I just bought a ton of apples so i could make homemade apple sauce. I make a whole bunch every year and freeze it!! I have never tried adding vanilla, but I’m going to try it this time. I’m sure it makes it even better!

    • Jennifer says

      I’m considering going back out to buy some more myself. We’ve gobbled up all of the batch that we made last week. I may have to freeze the next batch just so we have some for later! :)

    • Jennifer says

      I saw pictures of that orchard! I wish we had a pick-your-own apple orchard around here. That would make it even more fun!

    • Jennifer says

      That’s a good question, Amy. If you do try it, I wouldn’t cook it as long. Pears seem to cook to mush a bit quicker than apples do.

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