This healthy and easy recipe for Crock-Pot Cranberry Applesauce could not be better. With just 2 ingredients and a slow cooker it takes no time at all!
Slow Cooker Cranberry Applesauce
Applesauce is pretty much a a staple in our household. It is one of my kids favorites as a snack or as a quick side dish for lunch or dinner. My oldest son Joel is the “King of Tart” in our household. He LOVES anything sour. You should taste the cranberry sorbet he made the other day. I thought my brain puckered when I tasted it!
So, I made this cranberry applesauce recipe with him in mind and did not add any additional sugar to it. It is tart but not TOO tart. If tart is not your thing, go ahead and add some sugar to your tasting near the end of cooking. Just taste, sweeten a little at time with some sugar, honey, Splenda or your sweetener of choice and keep on tasting until you find your desired sweetness.
If you like things on the tart side, leave the sugar out and you will be a happy camper.
I just tossed this applesauce into freezer containers and put one in the fridge for eating now and one in the freezer for later.
If you would like to can this applesauce into jars for long term shelf stable storage fill sterilized quart or pint canning jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Process in a water bath canner in boiling water for 15 minutes for pint jars or 20 minutes for quart jars adjusting your time if you are above sea level.
I think this cranberry apple sauce would make for a great and EASY addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas table!
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Crock-Pot Cranberry Applesauce Recipe
- 5 Quart Crock-Pot to 6 quart slow cooker
- 10 Medium Apples (such as golden delicious)
- 12 Ounces Fresh Cranberries
- Peel, core and roughly chop apples and place in a 5 to 6 quart crockpot.10 Medium Apples
- Rinse and drain cranberries and add to apples and stir to combine.12 Ounces Fresh Cranberries
- Cover crock-pot and cook on LOW for 4 – 6 hours or until everything is cooked and saucy.
- Add sweetener of your choice if desired, a little at a time and taste until you get the sweetness you want.
- For a chunky applesauce leave as is or blend in a blender or with a stick blender for a smoother consistency.
I made this and it was delicious, however, I found many “remnants” of cranberries in the sauce. I just wonder how to get rid of those “things.”
I have a mill. It looks like & is about the size of a colander with 3 variable size “grating” discs & a rotary handle on top. I have been using it for decades to “strain” apple sauce when I make it. And I never peeled & cored the apples. An aunt taught me this eons aga, (I’m 70) & have never had to thicken the apple sauce by boiling it down. I just cut up the apples core & skin into a pot with maybe a cup of water, bring it all to a boil & simmer until all soft & mushy, pour it into my “colander strainer” smaller disc, turn the handle & voila I have a nice bowl of perfectly thick apple sauce,then use it, can it or freeze it. I just bought cranberries yesterday in Thrifty’s from The Bog Riverside Cranberry Farm, found your recipe for cranberry apple sauce, halved it & am going to use this modus operendi to make my cranberry sauce for tomorrows dinner. Thanks The Bog for providing this opportunity try it out. I don’t see any reason to wait until doing so for a turkey dinner since it’ll work even if I need to go back to pure cranberry sauce. I’m like your daughter the tarter the better.
Crock-Pot Ladies says
A food mill will work great with this Cranberry Apple Sauce recipe Hilda. I have one too that I use for all sorts of things and love it. But I also know not everyone has a food mill so a blender works great.
Janice M. Snyder says
Can a can of whole cranberries be used in place of raw cranberries ? The kind with gelatin in it, the can. It is hard to get raw cranberries when it isn’t a holiday that calls for cranberries.
Lady Heidi says
Hi Janice, I have never made this with canned cranberries before so I cannot vouch for the substitution for sure. However, I think it might work. I would use the whole cranberry sauce found in cans rather than the cranberry jelly.
As far as cranberries being found in the grocery store when it is not the holidays…what I do I pick up several extra bags when they are on sale in November & December and just toss them in the freezer. The week after Christmas many of the grocery stores here put them on markdown so I can usually score several bags for about $0.75 each. We love cranberries outside of the holidays (my 17 year old daughter makes a really good cranberry sorbet) too.
If you try this recipe using canned cranberries let us know how it turns out for you!
Kaley Beige says
Thanks for the recipe.
I adapted the recipe to add some agave necter and OMG!
I east like a desert now 🙂
Thanks Kaley! Sweetening with agave nectar sounds fantastic! I personally love it tart but adding some sort of sweetener makes it a yummy treat for sure! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!
I am looking to make this- how does the texture of the cranberries effect the sauce? Do the cranberries blend well even with the skin on them? Thank you!
Crock-Pot Ladies says
The skins from the cranberries blend pretty well into the applesauce. I have never had a problem with it. But if you want you could run the cranberry applesauce through a strainer.