This spicy applesauce requires no added sugar because the apples and spices are sweet enough on their own. The smell of the apples cooking with the spices makes the entire house smell like apple cider!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Layer apples into a slow cooker. Sprinkle cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg over the apples.

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  • Cook on High until apples are soft, 4 to 5 hours. Whisk apples vigorously for a chunkier-style applesauce. Puree with an immersion blender for a smoother applesauce.

Nutrition Facts

76 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 20.2g 7% DV; fat 0.3g; cholesterolmg; sodium 1.7mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2014
Ok. The point of this recipe is its sugar free. So those who added sugar have created a different applesauce and really shouldn't have commented here. I am looking for a sugar free applesauce and this recipe exactly as it is, is perfect. Even the water is not needed. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/27/2019
Nope, will not make again. Read More
69 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 53
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2014
Ok. The point of this recipe is its sugar free. So those who added sugar have created a different applesauce and really shouldn't have commented here. I am looking for a sugar free applesauce and this recipe exactly as it is, is perfect. Even the water is not needed. Read More
(58)
Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2012
I used 12 Ginger Goldens,and 3 Honey Crisp along with 1 1/2 cups of Apple Cider. Slow cooked on low for 7 hrs before blending it in our food processor then canned them in 4 pint jars. No Sugar Added!!!! Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2012
Try using a variety of apples for a wonderful cider blend. We've used Gala, Jonagold, Fuji, and Granny Smiths at different times and they all cook up beautifully! This applesauce truly is wonderful without adding any sugar! The spices and flavors from the apples themselves give it a rich, sweet blend. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2015
Slow Cooker Applesauce NSA Haiku: "If you add sugar, it is NOT this recipe. This is great as is!" There is a comparable recipe on here for a spiced applesauce in the slow-cooker that calls for sugar, so make that if you want the extra sweetness, otherwise, this recipe is just perfect the way it's written! The only thing that I did was add about 1/2" of water at the start, and ohhhgosh after a little while, the smell was wonderful. Ran my immersion blender through it to serve to the baby, and I had mine straight from the crockpot warm w/ some plain Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola. GOOD STUFF, thanks Cookingfor7! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2013
I tossed the apples with a tablespoon of lemon juice (to prevent browning and to give it a little tartness) and added a quarter cup brown sugar to this recipe. I also used a combination of apples and even threw in a couple overripe pears! Very nice. GREAT for using in baking. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2014
Just made this recipe today. It turned out great! I had a ton of apples that were given to me and no way to eat them fast enough. This recipe turned out delicious and did not need any sugar. I only cooked it for 3.5 hours (it was definitely done by then) and I added 1/2 cup water at the start so it wouldn't stick (which it was doing). I'm definitely making this again! It's very easy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2012
I added a little brown sugar and about a half cup of water to this recipe and it turned out fabulous. Cooked on Low for about 5 hours. The whole house smelled heavenly. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2016
This was perfect! I dumped a bunch of apple chunks (not thinly sliced but peeled quartered cored then quarters cut in half or third) in a slow cooker sprinkled on spices and walked away. I didn't use the full measure of spices (probably used less) but the slow cooking strengthens them so much that it didn't matter. Also the no-water thing was a leap of faith but it was perfect! No burning just apples releasing their own juices to be cooked down. And yes a whisk really is all you need to break up the apples when they are done cooking. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2014
Fantastic recipe. Made just as directed. I did add a touch of Cran/Apple juice to keep it from sticking. I used an immersion blender to whip it up. I'm now going to freeze it in small portions for my mother-in-law to enjoy over the winter. And I agree with another reviewer-if you add sugar you're making a completely different recipe. My M-I-L is diabetic and I didn't want to add any sugar. Thank you for sharing. Read More
(7)
Rating: 1 stars
01/27/2019
Nope, will not make again. Read More