No Cinnamon Crock Pot Applesauce

(Yeah,I know, the picture isn’t much to look at.)

D.H. got on an apple kick for his lunches a while back, and just as I bought a 5 pound bag of Granny Smith’s he decided he was sick of them. I left them in the fruit bowl for a while to see if he would change his mind. Nope. Rather than derail our healthy eating efforts, I opted to peel and core them all and make applesauce in my Crock Pot. I prowled around online to see if there was anything special I needed to do to make applesauce (namely, how much water I should use). Apparently I am the only person on the internet that doesn’t think cinnamon belongs in applesauce. Or sugar. I wanted unsweetened, undoctored applesauce because I frequently use applesauce as a substitution in baking and that simply doesn’t work if you add stuff to it. So I was on my own. This was the combination I went with:


  • 4 pounds of apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/8th cup Splenda (I broke down on this one because I’m using Granny Smiths, which are notoriously tart)


  1. Peel, core, and dice all your apples. Toss in the slow cooker.
  2. Mix the water, lemon juice, and Splenda (and yeah, it did occur to me just now that that’s basically half a cup of lemonade) .
  3. Pour liquid over the apples and give it a good stir.
  4. Add your top and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

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