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Refined Sugar Free Apple Sauce Recipe in Slow Cooker

This refined sugar free applesauce recipe is made in the slow cooker, proving that making your own applesauce is simple. This easy homemade applesauce recipe is made with 5 lbs of peeled apples, honey, water, and ground cinnamon.

Embrace the simplicity of creating your own homemade applesauce without added sugar using this easy recipe and never buy apple sauce from the grocery store again. 

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How to Make Sugar Free Applesauce

This section explains the apple sauce cooking process. If you want the full recipe with instructions and measurements be sure to check the recipe card below.

Step 1:

Begin by removing the apple peels from 5 pounds of apples. This step is important for the best applesauce because the apple skins will not break down during the cooking process so it’s a good idea to use an apple peeler to get a smooth applesauce.

You can use whichever type of apple you prefer for this unsweetened applesauce recipe, see the section below on the different types of fresh apples to use for the best flavor.   

Step 2:

Add the apples to a food strainer and rinse well, then add them to the slow cooker. Next, add the other simple ingredients (honey, cinnamon, and a little bit of water).

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Step 3:

Set the crockpot to high heat and allow the healthy applesauce to cook for about 7 hours. If you prefer to cook on low heat or medium heat be sure to adjust the overall cook time for a perfect end result. 

Step 4:

After the applesauce has been cooked thoroughly, you will have an apple cider-type liquid in the CrockPot. You can drain this out and save it for later use, drink it, or throw it away.

I just like to add a little extra water to prevent things from burning to the crockpot and the liquid increases as the apples cook.

After draining the excess liquid, put this basic applesauce recipe into a high-speed blender, immersion blender, or food processor for a smoother texture.

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Step 5:

Store the homemade unsweetened applesauce in an airtight container. Enjoy fresh, or store the cooled leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

You could also store this sugar-free applesauce in freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 1 month.

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Best Apples for Homemade Applesauce

If you have an abundance of apples from your apple tree, a great way to use them is to create this simple recipe, no matter what kind of apples you have on hand.

If it isn’t apple season and you are headed to the grocery store to make a big batch of applesauce, you can choose your favorite apples or a mix of apples to make this healthy snack. 

All apple varieties will work great for this recipe, keep reading to learn about which apple varieties will deliver a tart or sweet flavor. 

For those inclined towards a sweeter rendition, consider opting for sweeter apples such as Honeycrisp apples, Gala apples, Fuji apples, or Pink Lady apples. This is the best way to get a sweet flavor from the natural sugars without adding any extra sugar to the apple puree.

If you like tart applesauce, granny smith apples are a good choice for all of your favorite apple recipes. 

If you are making instant pot applesauce, stovetop applesauce in a Dutch oven or large pot, and want a softer variety of apples that cooks down faster, choose Golden Delicious, McIntosh, or Braeburn apples.

Alternatively, you can use a food mill or potato masher to break down the apples or serve up a chunky applesauce using whichever varieties of apples you want. 

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​Variations on this Recipe

Feel free to tweak the honey quantity based on your preference for a sweeter or less sweet applesauce. This recipe was created with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in mind which allows honey but not refined sugar. If you do not have any dietary restrictions you can make this recipe using whichever sweeteners you want.

You can also drain the excess liquid to control the thickness of your applesauce. 

Allowing the applesauce to refrigerate enhances its flavor and texture but you can serve it warm or at room temperature if you prefer. 

Add in cinnamon sticks for a burst of flavor or lemon juice to cut the sweetness of the cooked apples down a bit.

Use in-season apples for a delightful symphony of flavors that captures the essence of the season.

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Serving Suggestions

Enjoy this no sugar added applesauce on its own as a delicious snack or use it as a topping for yogurt, pancakes, or oatmeal.

Incorporate it into baking recipes as a natural sweetener in place of maple syrup or refined sugar.

Serve alongside these pork chops to add a happy Fall flavor to your dinner table.

Benefits of This Homemade Sugar-Free Applesauce Recipe

  • No added sugars: A healthier alternative to store-bought applesauce.
  • Versatile: Use it in various recipes or enjoy this crockpot applesauce as a standalone snack.
  • Preservative-free: Know exactly what goes into your applesauce.
  • Easy Recipe: While the cooking time may seem long, the actual prep work only takes a few minutes.

Is Sugar Free Applesauce Keto Friendly?

It can be but if your sugar-free applesauce recipe includes honey, it may not be considered strictly keto-friendly. While honey is a natural sweetener, it contains natural sugars that contribute to the carbohydrate content. In a ketogenic diet, which typically restricts carbohydrates to a very low level, using alternative sweeteners with zero or low carbohydrates might be more appropriate.

Is Sugar Free Applesauce Good for Diabetics?

Yes, sugar-free applesauce can be a good choice for individuals with diabetes, especially if it’s made with artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes. These alternatives have a lower impact on blood sugar levels. However, it’s crucial to monitor individual responses, choose sweeteners wisely, and consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice. Homemade options allow better control over ingredients, providing a healthier alternative for those managing diabetes.

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How to Make Applesauce In a Crockpot

This recipe shares how to make applesauce in a crockpot without added sugar. This gluten-free recipe is perfect for those following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.


  • 5 lbs of Peeled Apples
  • 1/2 Cup of Honey
  • 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • 3/4 of a Cup of Water


    Peel about 5 lbs of apples and add them to a CrockPot set on high. Add all of the other ingredients and cook on high for about 7 hours After the applesauce has been cooked thoroughly, you will have an apple cider-type liquid in the CrockPot. You can drain this out and use it for other recipes, drink it, or throw it away. I just like to add a little extra water to prevent things from burning to the crockpot and the liquid increases as the apples cook. After draining the excess liquid, put the applesauce into a blender and then refrigerate until cool.


  • Substitute honey with sugar if you prefer.
  • Add in more cinnamon for a bolder taste.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 213Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 5mgCarbohydrates 57gFiber 7gSugar 47gProtein 1g

The nutrition in recipes is caluculate by AI, mistakes happen. It is highly recommended to check carb counts to make sure these recipes fit into your diet.

About Thirty Something Super Mom

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My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.

Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

Wednesday 25th of November 2020

I never made applesauce before but now I would love to.

cyndi br

Friday 19th of August 2016

I am going to have to try this recipe I never have cooked applesauce in the crockpot. Would be so much easier


Sunday 29th of November 2015

I've never made applesauce in the crockpot, but when my boys were babies I did make them applesauce as baby food and I just steamed them in my fancy little baby bullet steamer. It was great fun, but now that I have no more babies I will have to give this a try! They all LOVE applesauce!


Tuesday 24th of November 2015

I have never tried crock pot applesauce. However, I love applesauce and am thinking this would make my house smell delicious. Totally on my to do list for this winter.


Monday 23rd of November 2015

I make crockpot applesauce once a year and I never make enough.... My family goes nuts over it!

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