Homemade Applesauce is a Yummy Fall Treat

This easy recipe takes just a few ingredients and a slow cooker

By Jennifer Hill, publisher of Macaroni Kid Fremont, Calif. September 14, 2021

Brought home too many apples from the apple orchard? We've got the solution: Applesauce! Homemade applesauce is very easy to make ... and tastes so much better than the store-bought version. 

My kids enjoy the process of making our homemade applesauce and they love the taste too — which is great, given how healthy homemade applesauce is. I love that it smells so good while it’s cooking. 

Ready to make your own homemade applesauce?

Here's how to make this super easy, fun fall treat in your slow cooker:

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Homemade applesauce


  • 4 large apples (Any kind of apple will do!)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup water


1. Peel, core, and cut your apples into quarters. Put the apples into the slow cooker and add the juice from the lemon and the water. Next, add vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

2. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. When the apples are super tender, mash with a potato masher or large fork. 

This homemade applesauce recipe makes about 2 cups, and is easy to double and even triple. My advice: Make as much as you can, and freeze any extra that you won't enjoy in four or five days.

Jennifer Hill is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Fremont, Calif.