Slow Cooker Apples and Applesauce

Using a slow cooker to create a wide variety of apple dishes is a big tradition in my house, especially during the fall.  The smell of apples and spices cooking fills the house with deliciousness and makes everyone happy.

Apples are one of the nicestest fruits to make for homemade baby food; easy to cook down to a puree or a mash and delightfully tasty too.  Apples can be mixed into many different foods for babies such as chicken, squash, yogurt, sweet potatoes, even broccoli! Don’t shy away from adding apples to any food that your baby likes just because you may think it sounds like an awful combination.

Sometimes it truly is the little things that make my family happy. Enjoy the wonderful warmth of apples in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Size: 4 to 6 quarts (3.8 to 5.7 l)

❄ Freezes well, but color may change.
🍎 Vitamins A, C, and E, fiber, potassium, calcium, and magnesium

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Recommended Age and Stage: 6 months+ | Stage One | First Foods and Beyond | 4 to 6 hours cooking 
This slow cooker applesauce recipe is delicious anytime of the year. Once the Fall begins to creep in and the apple orchards have apples ready to pick, you know it’s time to begin making all things apple. 

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds of apples – try a mix of Macintosh and Fuji or just Macintosh
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 2 teaspoons powdered cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • pinch of nutmeg ginger and/or allspice (optional)

Instructions

  • Wash, peel and core the apples
  • Chop apples roughly or use an apple slicer
  • Add apples to a 5qt crockpot/slow cooker
  • Add spices then pour water over apples – stir to combine
  • Cover, set heat to low and simmer away for up to 8 hours!
  • Check this every hour or so and give it a stir. It will be done when it is at the texture you like; it can be chunky or really thin.

Notes

❄ Store in fridge for 3 days for baby but you can stretch to 6 days for older folks with stronger tummies! Freezes well in quart freezer bags!

Apple Butter

If you find you have to much applesaauce, turn some of the extra into Apple Butter!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • spices as desired

Instructions

  • Keep some applesauce in the slow cooker (about 3 cups) then add the ingredients above.
    Simmer until liquid is well reduced, color is brown and texture is thick like paste. Cool and puree if desired