Cooking with Kids: Slow-Cooker Applesauce

As part of our Alphabet Exploration this week we did Aa is for apple.  G is currently obsessed with applesauce.  She asks for it at almost every meal.  So I thought this would be a great opportunity to get in the kitchen with her and talk about the letter A, colors, and counting while we did it.  I know there are a lot of recipes for slow-cooker applesauce out there, but I couldn’t find one at the moment we started to do this, so I just made one up.  It turned out amazing!

A+ Slow-Cooker Applesauce

It tastes very much like the Fried Apples at Cracker Barrel restaurants (a special treat for me because we don’t have any close by). Here’s the recipe:

Slow Cooker Applesauce

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  • 5 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large uniform chunks (we used Braeburn)
  • 1/4 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice


Add all ingredients to a medium sized slow-cooker.  Cook on low for 3-4 hours.  Mash mixture with a spoon or potato masher or blend if desired.  Chill and store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Cooking with kids_Slow cooker applesauce

I loved how simple this recipe was and the time in the kitchen with G.  I didn’t get a picture of the final result because I kept forgetting to take one and it was gone before I knew it!  Here are some of the things we talked about while we made our applesauce:

  • Numbers (counting the apples, counting the washed apples, counting the peeled apples…etc.)
  • the parts of an apple (peel, fruit, core, and seeds)
  • the color of the apple
  • cutting with a knife (Dad made sure to let her know that it was very sharp and dangerous)
  • patience while we wait for it to cook


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