Easy Slow Cooker Unsweetened Applesauce

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I know that you’ve been looking for slow cooker recipes. Stalking your friend’s Facebook and Pinterest feed, hoping that they post something good. There’s just something about fall and winter season that makes people want to sleep the day away. Unfortunately for you, most of the recipes she posts are full of sugar. I’ve cooked up the perfect healthy unsweetened applesauce recipe with just five ingredients.

This cinnamon applesauce is tasty, sugar free and oh so good. As a matter of fact, you won’t miss the store bought stuff. Trust me on this. 

sugar free applesauce

That’s because I used the sweetest and tastiest fuji and gala apples for the job. I previously tried using a combination of gala and golden delicious apples but, it just didn’t give me the sweetness I was looking for. Apples are on of healthiest fall food you can eat. So do yourself a favor and use it in more recipes.

I cooked these apples on the high setting of my slow cooker for about 6 hours. But, they can done in four. The only thing wasted in this homemade apple sauce recipe were seeds and stems. If you throw away the skins of the apples to make this recipe, you’re throwing away time, money and lots of nutrition. That’s because the skins of the apples packed with fiber. So make sure you buy organic apples for this recipe and nix the bad stuff. No one want slow cooked chemicals in their batch. 

I found a nifty little apple tool that makes it super easy to core and slice apples and the same time.

And just how do I recommend you eat this homemade applesauce. It tastes fine just by itself. You can also try stirring into your morning cereal, using it as an accompaniment for potato pancakes or as a topping for your favorite coconut yogurt as a filling snack.

Oh and boy oh boy let me tell you something, these apples smell so good when they’re cooking down. It’s just the kind of slower cooker healthy recipe you want to warm up with on a chilly day. 

I used this trusty slow cooker for this sugar free applesauce recipe and it certainly does the trick. This stuff is so much better than store bought. Oh and you could use water as the liquid in this recipe and swap out the apple juice if you wanted to.  But I find that using some apple juice really packs on the flavor. 

What Type of Apple Juice Do you Use?

I use plain organic apple juice. There are no hidden sugars or high fructose corn syrup in the juice. If you’re interested in getting the same apple juice I use in this recipe, you can buy it here.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Unsweetened Applesauce

  • apples
  • apple juice
  • lemons
  • cinnamon stick

Tools for Slow Cooker Applesauce

How to Store the Homemade Applesauce

Allow the applesauce to cool completely. Next, store in air tight containers for up to a week. You can also freeze the applesauce for up to 3 months in silicone ice cube trays.

Do You Like it Chunky or Smooth?

The consistency of the final product will depend on your preferences. Do you like it chunky or smooth? Blend or don’t blend at the end. That’s up to you. You can also blend it in between. As you can see in this recipe, I blended the final product to get it nice and smooth.

How Long to Cook Unsweetened Applesauce?

This applesauce will take 4-6 hours to cook in the slow cooker.

slow cooker applesauce with no sugar
Yield: 4 cups

How Unsweetened Applesauce (Slow Cooker Recipe)

How Unsweetened Applesauce (Slow Cooker Recipe)

A deliciously simply healthy slow cooker recipe for apple sauce that's easy to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes


  • 8 apples (mixture of fuji and gala)
  • 3/4 cup unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  1. Core apples and remove stems.
  2. Cut into large chunks.
  3. Put into slow cooker.
  4. Add unsweetened apple juice, lemon juice, nutmeg and cinnamon stick.
  5. Cook on high for 6-8 hours.
  6. Remove cinnamon stick and blend in food processor until desired consistency.
  7. Store in refrigerator in air tight container.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

Looking for other healthy comfort food recipes? Try the recipes for my butternut squash soup or my skinny apple pies.

Related Apple Recipes:

Skinny apple pies

Gluten Free Apple Muffins 

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Original November 8, 2018.

Updated 10/17/19. 9/13/20
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