Slow Cooker Applesauce {no added sugar} + #Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Applesauce with no added sugar is a healthy household staple that is simple, delicious and easy to make homemade!  {gluten free, vegan}

Slow Cooker Applesauce with No Added Sugar |

Lately I have been experimenting with slow cooker recipes.  I love the ease of using the slow cooker for busy weeknight meals, waking up to a warm breakfast and even for desserts!  While a slow cooker is a time saver in the kitchen for cooking easy recipes, it is also key for cooking household basics.  A slow cooker offers an easy option for cooking simple pantry staples, such as beans, steel cut oatmeal, and applesauce, all from scratch with very little effort.    Don’t have a slow cooker at home?  Looking to upgrade your slow cooker?  No problem! Today I’m giving one away to a lucky reader…see below for entry details! 

This apple season, our slow cooker has been getting quite a workout making all natural Slow Cooker Applesauce from scratch!  This is one of the easiest recipes that yields such an amazing and delicious result.

Slow Cooker Applesauce with No Added Sugar |

You always hear people say that homemade is better than store-bought, which is so true in the case of this applesauce.  It is not even a fair comparison really!  Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce is rich and flavorful and tastes like fresh apples picked from the apple orchard. I like to use fresh SweeTango apples, but you can use any variety or combination that you like.  To prepare the apples for the slow cooker, I used an apple corer to slice and core the apples, and then peeled the slices.   Next simply toss them in the slow cooker with some liquid and lemon juice (to keep from browning…this is optional and I often make without!) and some spices, if desired.  Then let the slow cooker do all the work!  The result is  a simple, easy homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce made with no added sugar!

Slow Cooker Applesauce with No Added Sugar |

Slow Cooker Applesauce
  • 3 pounds sliced, cored and peeled apples, any variety
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  1. Combine apples, water, lemon juice and cinnamon (if using) in slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.
For an even consistency, use an immersion blender right after cooking (I do this right in the slow cooker). Cook for 8 hours if you want a thicker consistency, more like apple butter.


The folks at Hamilton Beach sent me a Set ‘n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker With Spoon/Lid for review, which is what I used to make this recipe (and many more, to come soon!)   This is my first slow cooker, and I found it very intuitive and easy to use.  The sleek, modern design is simple to use.  What I also really like about this slow cooker is that it has a probe, which perfect for cooking meats or any foods that require reaching a certain temperature.  The thermometer displays the temperature of the food as it cooks – it is so nice not to have to wonder…is it done yet? 

Hamilton Beach slow cooker #giveaway|

With the holiday season creeping up on us, I know this slow cooker is going to be a lifesaver for weeknight meals, holiday potlucks and more.   And thanks to Hamilton Beach, I am giving away one Set ‘n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker to one of you!  Entry is simple – just leave  a comment on this blog post sharing your favorite recipe to make in a slow cooker.  Good luck!

Fine print: No purchase necessary to enter sweepstakes. Entrants must be 18 or older and reside in the United States. The giveaway begins on October 24, 2014 and goes through October 31 at midnight CT. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Each winner will be selected after the giveaway is over and after entries have been verified. Alida’s Kitchen will not be held liable for any malfunction or damage of the products received. If winner(s) does not contact Alida’s Kitchen within 24 hours of winning, a new winner will be chosen. Alida’s Kitchen has the right to publish the name of the winner and which entry was selected. Facebook and Twitter are not involved with this giveaway at all. Void where prohibited by law.

Disclosure: Hamilton Beach sent me a slow cooker for review and will be fulfilling the giveaway.  I was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions are my own.


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  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I like to make chili and rice in a slow cooker

  2. I like to make chili in a slow cooker. A nice giveaway. Thanks Alida.

  3. I love adding about four chicken breasts to the slow cooker and a bottle of BBQ Sauce. Super easy and delicious!

  4. I love making soups! Lentil-barley packed with veggies is my favorite.

  5. This applesauce looks so delicious. I think stew is best in a slow cooker. Yum, stew.

  6. JoeyfromSC says:

    this applesauce recipe looks so easy & delicious! thanks!

    My fave thing to make in a slowcooker is pulled pork:) yum!

    Thank you for the chance as I really need a new one lol

    Joey J.

  7. Jackie Stevens says:

    I like making hot dogs in beer in the slow cooker. It is nice for a crowd and easy to throw together.

  8. A favorite in our house is pork shops or country style pork ribs covered with onions – after that has cooked for a couple of hours, I top it with sauerkraut and some caraway seeds and cook for a while longer till the pork is tender and falling off the bone. As a matter of fact, we always serve it with applesauce on the side. Love sauerkraut, pork and applesauce together! It brings me back to my childhood.

  9. I use my Crockpot all the time. I use it to make meatballs in sauce . Heat the sauce on high until very hot. Make your favorite meatball recipe. Put them into the sauce and cook on high for an hour. Reduce heat to low and cook for a few more hours. Delicious!

  10. I like black bean soup in the slow cooker

  11. I like to make pulled pork in the slow cooker

  12. I make spare ribs in the slow cooker, my family and I love them this way the most. Mix some water with terriyaki sauce and put the ribs above, then more terriyakisauce on the ribs, wait for 6 hours! They are delicious!
    I am from the Netherlands but I will be in Florida for six weeks from 26th of November ☺️

  13. I love making soups in the crockpot, but I really want to make a dessert!

  14. Laura Isabell says:

    Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to try a slow-cooker recipe yet so I obviously can’t name a favourite, but one thing I’m extremely curious about is bread pudding, there seem to be soo many delicious variations!

  15. wendy rozema says:

    My favorite recipe to make in a slow cooker is slow cooker lasagna!

  16. Our favorite family slow cooker recipe is spareribs. Mix a little water with terriyaki sauce, put the ribs in it and sprinkle with more terriyaki sauce. Let it cook for about 6 hours. I am from the Netherlands but will stay for 6 weeks in Florida from 26th of November.

  17. I love slow cooking,but my favorite is to make pulled pork. I also like to make apple butter, and pumpkin butter…..

  18. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I like to make beef stew and pulled pork in the slow cooker.

  19. Pot roast and soups are typically my go to recipes for slow cookers.

    • Alida Fischbach says:

      Congratulations Tammy! You were selected as the winner of the giveaway! I will send you an email shortly requesting contact info. 🙂

  20. I like to make pulled pork in the slow cooker.

  21. Italian beef in the slow cooker is a favorite!

  22. Jamie Trammell says:

    My favorite recipe to make in the slow cooker is pulled pork! You can make so much at a time and feed so many people with something so simple!

  23. I love to make a big batch of beans in the slow cooker.

  24. That looks delicious. My favorite recipe in the slow cooker is definitely chicken and dumplings!

  25. I Like to make pulled pork/beef sandwiches. So tasty and juicy after marinating in the crock pot all day!

  26. I like beef stew with fresh carrots and potatoes

  27. Pot roast!!!

  28. cindy jones says:

    I love making beef stew with lots of veggies in my crock pot.

  29. Pulled pork is definitely my favorite recipe to make in the slow cooker!

  30. I love making baked oatmeal in my slow cooker, along with just about everything I’ve tried from the America’s test kitchen slow cooker revolution books! I live by my slow cooker, but it’s getting old and the lid is broken. A new one would be so nice!

  31. I love chili in the slow cooker – the long and low cook time makes the flavors blend so well…. ohhh chili.

  32. I love making stuffing in the crockpot. It is so simple and easy and it keeps it moist!

  33. I love making my roasted tomato and caramelized onion sauce in the crock pot!

  34. I love a classic pulled pork BBQ in the slow cooker!

  35. I love making roasts and chicken for tacos!

  36. French dip and pulled pork sandwiches. Beef stew is my kids’ absolute favorite.

  37. I love cooking meatballs in a homemade spaghetti sauce in the slow cooker. They come out so tender and full of flavor!

  38. My favorite is classic beef stew.