Homemade Brown Sugar Cinnamon Applesauce

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Homemade Brown Sugar Cinnamon Applesauce
Gluten-Free | Vegan | Paleo Option

This brown sugar cinnamon applesauce is a simple and easy healthy recipe made in the slow cooker.  It’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, and can also be customized to be refined sugar free or paleo.

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One of the perks of living in the Northeast is the abundance of apples in the fall.  We love to go apple picking, but also get apples through our CSA.  Each fall, we take all our apples and turn them into applesauce.  It’s so simple to make and the kids love it.  We’ve experimented with many variations, but this recipe for brown sugar cinnamon applesauce is my absolute favorite!

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Easy Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Cinnamon Recipe Variations:

This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, but can easily be modified to be refined sugar-free or paleo!

Refined Sugar Free Crock Pot Applesauce

If going for a recipe with reduced sugar, substitute the brown sugar for a sugar substitute.  My two favorite brown sugar substitutes are:

I’ve made this applesauce with each of these—it doesn’t lose any flavor! Often, Thrive Market has excellent deals on both of these sweeteners–I typically buy them at Thrive Market. You can save 25% off your purchase at Thrive Market by purchasing through this link.

Paleo Crock Pot Applesauce

If wanting to keep this recipe paleo, substitute a brown coconut sugar like this one that’s gluten-free.

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Applesauce

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This slow cooker cinnamon brown sugar applesauce only requires 4 ingredients.  All these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store, but you’ll find great deals on spices and sweeteners at Thrive Market.

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To make this gluten-free crock pot applesauce you’ll need:

  • 3 lbs apples (your favorite!)
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cup Water

Tools Needed for Crock Pot Cinnamon Brown Sugar Applesauce

To make this cinnamon brown sugar applesauce, you’ll need:

  • cutting/chopping tools
  • a slow cooker
  • a stick blender

A regular knife and cutting board are fine for chopping apples, but if you plan to make this frequently, I highly recommend investing in an apple corer and slicer.  It just makes the process so much quicker!

This apple corer and slicer from OXO is super affordable and easy to use:

I love that this one has cushioned handles! See the reviews on Amazon here.

If you’re looking for something which requires a bit less strength, this spiralizer by Kitchen Aid will not only core and slice your apples but peel them as well.  Plus, it can be used to make veggie noodles—and I’m all for multi-functional kitchen gadgets! 

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Personally, when I’m making this applesauce, I don’t peel my apples.  It tastes great, so why bother?  I just wash them, chop them, and throw them into the crockpot.

I love having a slow cooker with a timer—and they are so affordable!  You can also use an Instant Pot or the Ninja Foodie as a slow cooker, so an all-in-one appliance may be a really great choice for your family (and a space saver!)

To finish off this recipe, you’ll use a stick blender to puree the cooked apples into applesauce.  There are so many stick blenders on the market, but I have the Cuisinart.  We use this multiple times a week for soups, bulletproof coffee, and whipping up cream.

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How to Make Gluten-Free Brown Sugar Cinnamon Applesauce

Step 1:

Wash, chop, and core your apples (and toss them into the crockpot).

Step 2:

Add in the lemon juice, water, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

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Step 3:

Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

Step 4:

Blend with the immersion blender until it’s the desired consistency.  If it’s too thick, add water 1-2 tbsp at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Step 5:

Serve either warm or cold!

How Long Does Homemade Applesauce Last?

Before storing the applesauce in your refrigerator or freezer, be sure it cools to room temperature. 
In the fridge, store in airtight containers for up to a week

In the freezer, store in freezer bags and freeze for 3 months.

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Homemade Brown Sugar Cinnamon Applesauce

This brown sugar cinnamon applesauce is a simple and easy healthy recipe made in the slow cooker.  It’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, and can also be customized to be refined sugar free or paleo.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, crock pot, gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar free, slow cooker, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 12

Equipment

  • slow cooker
  • apple chopper
  • immersion blender

Ingredients

  • 3 lb apples
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar (or sugar substitute–see notes)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Wash, chop, and core your apples (and toss them into the crock pot).
  • Add in the lemon juice, water, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Blend with the immersion blender until it’s the desired consistency.  If it’s too thick, add water 1-2 tbsp at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

Notes

**If using a brown sugar substitute, I recommend one of the following 3:
brown sugar cinnamon applesauce in the slow cooker

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