This recipe was first written for Charlotte Home + Garden
In winter we tend to eat a lot of apples, applesauce, and oranges. Partly because other fruits are expensive this time of year, and partly because my kids are picky eaters. I love this homemade applesauce recipe and its simplicity. You literally cut up apples, throw the other ingredients into the crockpot, cook, mash and serve. I leave on the skins of the apple, but if you prefer it you can remove that before adding the apples to the crockpot.
The applesauce in this recipe has a chunky consistency. If you (or your kids) prefer smooth applesauce, you could definitely puree it. I chose to use Honeycrisp apples in this recipe because it gives a nice mix of sweet with tart. If those are too expensive or not available, my second most favorites are Jazz and Pink Lady.
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Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce
Makes eight 1-cup servings
8 cups chopped Honeycrisp apples
1/4 cup of water
1/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Slice 5-6 large apples into chunks. Add to crockpot and stir in water, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Cook in crockpot for 4 hours on high.
Mash for a chunky style applesauce, or puree for a smooth sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!