October 10, 2011

Slow-Cooker Applesauce ~ so easy 1st graders can make it!


Yes, this slow-cooker apple sauce is so easy, 1st graders could make it. In fact, 1st graders did make it! Well, except for the cutting-up-the-apples part - that part should be (and was) handled by an adult.  But don't let the ease of it fool you into thinking it isn't delicious.  It's absolutely delicious!  Just ask my first graders ... and me.

This past Friday, we took a field trip to an apple orchard.  We heard from Johnny Appleseed, saw how apple cider is made, went on a hay ride, made a life-sized scarecrow (and brought him back to school on the school bus ~~ THAT was interesting!), ate apple donuts, and had a wonderful picnic lunch ... all on an absolutely, perfectly gorgeous fall day.  Oh, and my class named our scarecrow Elvis.  Elvis the scarecrow.  Yup, Elvis.  Do 6-year-olds even know who Elvis is??

To get ready for this trip, we learned all about the apple-growing life cycle, the seasons of the apple tree, and ... of course ... made this apple sauce.  It was the easiest apple sauce ever, thanks to the so-simple method and little helpers.

Start by peeling and chopping up some apples.  We used a mixture of apples I had picked the previous weekend -- mostly Rome (my favorite!) with some Jonigold, Golden Delicious, and Fuji, too.

Check out this enormous Fuji apple - it may be the biggest apple I've ever seen!  Pretty cool that one of our vocabulary words this week was enormous - several students even used that word in their writing to describe the apple.  Love it when that happens.

Throw your chopped apples into a slow-cooker, toss them with some sugar and cinnamon ...

... add a tiny bit of water, and give them a good stir.

Cook them for several hours, and you'll end up with gorgeous and delicious apple sauce ...

... that will be enjoyed by wee ones ...

... and not-so-wee ones, alike.

Slow-Cooker Applesauce
Source:  Adapted from A Year of Slow Cooking
(Printable recipe)
12 c. chopped baking apples (about 4 lbs. of apples)
1/3 to 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. water
2 tsp. vanilla

1.  Peel and core apples; chop into about 1/2-inch pieces.

2.  Place apples, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in slow cooker; tossing to coat.  Add water and stir.

3.  Cook until apples are tender and broken down into an applesauce texture (approximately 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low), stirring occasionally.  If needed, add an additional 1/4 - 1/2 cup water part way through the cooking time.  Serve warm or chilled.



  1. What nice simple recipe, will have to try this weekend with the wee-ones. Thanks for sharing. We are going apple picking this weekend.

  2. I remember-years ago-my Kindergarten teacher making applesauce with us. I have some Fuji and Honeycrisp at home, ready for the weekend to be made into Pumpkin Applesauce.

  3. one of our favourite too looks fabulous

  4. Yum. I've been on a huge applesauce kick this fall. Thanks. I love not having to watch it.

  5. My son is a first-grader. He would love making something like this. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  6. We did this a few weekends ago with outr girls. Apple picking then applesauce. Love this time of year. If you get a chance, we'd love you have you join our recipe linky over at Momtrends:


  7. Los Angeles SEO - I would think you could reduce the amount of sugar, to taste. I also would think that honey would work as a replacement, though I've never tried it! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


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