Crockpot Cinnamon Apple Sauce

By Polly Conner
September 21, 2021

Homemade apple sauce has never been easier. With a few simple ingredients and your Crockpot, you can easily make cinnamon apple sauce in your home. Follow our easy instructions below!

Crockpot Cinnamon apple sauce

Apple Butter Weekend has been a tradition in our family for decades. It’s one of my favorite fall activities. On the rare years that I can’t make the event, I make my own apple butter in the Crockpot.

Oftentimes, there are leftover apples that didn’t get used in the apple butter recipe. Since the apples are already peeled and cut (thanks to this handy apple peeler) it would be a shame to not use them up in some way!

When my mom suggested I cook them in the slow cooker to make apple sauce, I had a lightbulb moment: making homemade apple sauce is SO easy!

What You Need to Make Cinnamon Apple Sauce

As mentioned above, the ingredients are SO simple. Here is what you need:

  • Apples (McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Gala, Jonathans are recommended)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon (This can be adjusted depending on how much cinnamon flavor you want!)


How to Make Cinnamon Apple Sauce

Step 1: Peel and Cut the Apples

To get that smooth apple sauce consistency, you’ll want to peel them. I know, it’s a pain. And honestly, if you plan to puree the apples when you’re done, you could probably cheat and leave some peel on. If you do plan to make recipes like this or apple butter frequently, I’d for sure buy an apple peeler.

In my picture below, the apples are cut up into small pieces. While this will help them cook faster, this isn’t really necessary. You can toss them in as normal slices and come out with the same result.

Step 2: Season the apples

Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon over the apples and toss until coated. Go ahead, sneak a few bites of them before they are cooked. They are yummy! I usually add 1/2 cup of water or apple cider just to have a little moisture in there. The apples will release a lot of moisture while cooking so you shouldn’t need more than that!

Apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon make for the perfect crock pot snack!

Step 3: Cook Your Apple Sauce

This is the easy part. Cook the apples on low for about 6 hours and enjoy the delicious scent coming from your kitchen. When the apples are done, you can mash them into the consistency that you prefer. Sometimes I like to make them kind of chunky and serve them as an apple side dish.

But if making a smooth apple sauce, you’ll want to use a blender to purée the apple or an immersion blender.

Crock pot cinnamon apple sauce in a white bowl

Can I Freeze Apple Sauce?

As you might know by now, we are big fans of freezer cooking around here. With two cookbooks, 1 Hour Freezer Prep Sessions, and a huge freezer meal recipe index, you can probably guess that we really love the time-saving, energy-saving, money-saving benefits of freezer meals.

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are here to say, YES! You can freeze apple sauce!

In fact, apple sauce freezes really well. It might become a touch more liquidy after freezing and thawing but the taste of it won’t be effected. Simple place in an airtight freezer container (here are some of our favorite freezer containers by the way.)

For this batch, I am just using a good ol’ freezer bag.

Crock pot cinnamon apple sauce in a freezer bag

What Goes Well with Cinnamon Apple Sauce?

Cinnamon apple sauce is a kid-friendly side dish that will play nice with all sorts of recipes. Here are some ideas to get you started!

Homemade cinnamon apple sauce in a blue bowl with a spoon

Cinnamon Apple Sauce

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups applesauce 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


This simple crockpot cinnamon apple sauce will make your entire home smell delicious! 


  • 8 apples (any variety)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (can be omitted)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water (or apple cider)


Make It Now:

  1. Mix apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon together and place in crock pot.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.

Freeze For Later: Let the apple sauce cool completely. Put apples into freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the apples overnight in the fridge. You can also thaw them in a bowl of water if you’re in a hurry.


Optional: Instead of pureeing the apples, mash up the apples with a potato masher for a chunky consistency.

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4 replies
  1. Lauren says:

    How long will this stay fresh stored in the fridge?

    I didn’t add enough apples so mine was a little watery, but I used the immersion blender and loaded up some empty baby food jars to freeze for the baby. I wanted to keep some jars in the fridge as individual snacks for the older ones.