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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.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, crock pot, gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar free, slow cooker, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12



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


  • 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.


**If using a brown sugar substitute, I recommend one of the following 3: