Easy to make in Chunky Homemade Applesauce is made in the crock pot so you can peel the apples and walk away. Your home will smell like a baked apple pie and you won't have to do hardly any work for it! So full of flavor, your family will love this any time of the year treat!
I know everyone relates homemade applesauce with fall. After all, fall is when apples are in season.
I would like to challenge you to think of applesauce as a year around treat. Especially when this chunky homemade applesauce is made in a crock pot. It is so easy to make and it doesn't heat up your kitchen.
Also, certain times of the year, apples will be on sale for $.99 a pound or less. Grab them up when they are that price and get ready for a delicious side dish or snack.
The ingredients are:
- 8 apples (medium to large sized)
- sugar or honey
That is it. The ingredients are simple. This particular recipe is for about 5 cups of applesauce. You can certainly add more ingredients for a larger batch.
Sugar or honey?
I chose to use honey in this recipe when I made it as I am trying to avoid a lot of extra sugar. (Great for a food blogger, huh??) We have fresh honey from our bees so I like to incorporate it into our recipes whenever possible.
To make this applesauce sugar free by using honey you will only need a few teaspoons. A little honey goes a long way.
White sugar or brown sugar can be added to the applesauce. Either will work well. The brown sugar will make the applesauce a little thicker and almost a syrup like texture.
Best apples to use for homemade applesauce
I used Gala apples to make this sauce. Certain apples do not cook down well, so you will want to avoid using those apples. Apples that cook down well are Gala, Macintosh and Jonathon. Do you need a guide? This Best Apples To Use Guide will help you decide which apples to choose.
How to make chunky applesauce
So, now the question arises, how does the applesauce actually get chunky? Do we need a special tool?
The answer is NO you don't.
The crock pot will quickly make the apples soft and easy to blend. All you need is a spoon and start stirring. The apples, if cooked enough, will mash perfectly.
Want the applesauce chunkier? Stir less. Want the applesauce smoother? Stir more.
Crock pot homemade applesauce could not be easier. And I did mention it makes your house smell amazing??
First, you will want to carefully remove the peels from the apples. You can leave them on, but I don't recommend it.
Next, you will cut the apples into smallish chunks. Don't get so hung up on the size, just make the apples so they aren't large.
Place the apples in the crock pot with the cinnamon and sugar (or honey). Turn the crock pot on high (for 2 ½ hours) or low for 4 hours.
Stir the cinnamon applesauce until the apples break down and turn into applesauce texture. Then you are ready to serve!
If you have any homemade applesauce left, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
This chunky homemade applesauce recipe is about as easy as it comes. It will make your house smell delicious and it is kid friendly!
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Chunky Homemade Applesauce
- 8 medium to large apples Gala or Jonathon
- 3 teaspoon sugar or honey
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Peel all apples and cut into large chunks.
- Place apples, sugar (or honey) and cinnamon into a medium sized crock pot on high for 2 ½ hours or low for 4 hours.
- After appropriate time, stir until desired smoothness. Less chunky, stir more. More chunky, stir less.