This Strawberry Applesauce is easy to make with just three ingredients. Combine fresh apples and strawberries in the crock pot for a sweet cinnamon treat. Your family will love having this homemade applesauce for breakfast or dessert.
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to make apple butter and applesauce. You just can't buy that homemade flavor. Plus, your house smells amazing as the apples cook down.
A few weeks ago we had some apples in the fridge that needed to be used up right away. Homemade applesauce is a great way to use up any extra apples you may have.
Why You Should Make This
Forget about buying jars of applesauce at the grocery store. It is so easy to make a big pot of strawberry applesauce in just minutes.
- Add everything to a crock pot and forget about it for a few hours.
- Apples and strawberries are a delicious combo.
- Red Hots add a sweet cinnamon flavor that everyone will enjoy.
- Your kitchen will have the most amazing cinnamon apple smell as it cooks.
- This cinnamon applesauce freezes really well, so you can save some for later.
All you need are three simple ingredients to make a pot of this amazing cinnamon Red Hot applesauce. It can be made in a crock pot or on the stove top.
- Apples - Use any type of apple that cooks down well. Some of our favorites are Gala, Honeycrisp, and Golden Delicious.
- Strawberries - You can use fresh or frozen strawberries. Fresh adds a little better flavor, but frozen are easy to keep on hand.
- Red Hot Candies - Sweetens the applesauce and gives it a delicious cinnamon flavor and red color. If you want to make a sugar free applesauce, skip the candy. But if you love Red Hots, you should try this Red Hot Jello!
How to Make Strawberry Applesauce
The best part about this applesauce recipe is how easy it is. In fact, it's so easy that I hesitate to even call it a recipe. All you do is dump everything into a crock pot and let it do its job. Four hours later your house will smell amazing.
- Use an apple slicer to cut 4-6 medium or large apples into slices. Place them in a large crock pot.
- Pour the frozen or fresh strawberries on top of the sliced apples.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon candies over everything, then cover and cook for four hours.
- Remove the lid and let it cool for around 30 minutes. Puree the cooked fruit with a handheld immersion blender until it is the consistency you prefer.
Once the crockpot cinnamon applesauce has cooled to room temperature, spoon it into air tight jars or containers. It will keep for 5-6 days in the refrigerator.
You can also freeze this applesauce. Fill freezer safe containers, leaving about one inch at the top for expansion. Freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- This flavored applesauce can be made with other fruits. Try blueberries, cherries, raspberries, or peaches for a change.
- You can use fresh or frozen fruit for this recipe. I usually just use what I have on hand or what is on sale.
- Want to enjoy the cinnamon applesauce sooner? Cook and simmer the fruit and candy in a pan on the stove top for 20-30 minutes, then follow the rest of the directions.
- Puree the applesauce to your desired consistency using a food processor, regular blender, or hand held blender. If you like chunkier applesauce, do not blend it as long.
- The applesauce will seem really runny while it is hot. It will thicken as it cools.
- Serve it plain or over Greek yogurt, baked oatmeal, or vanilla ice cream.
No, you can leave the peels on when making applesauce. They will soften and break down as they cook in the crock pot. Then the blender will puree them even further.
For applesauce you want to choose apples that cook down and mash easily. Some good options are Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Golden Delicious, and Jonagold. Try using a variety of apples for the best flavor.
You can also make this applesauce using ½ cup sugar or your favorite sweetener. You can also sweeten it to taste with honey after it cooks down.
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*The recipe for Strawberry Applesauce was first published February 2018. The post was updated and republished October 2022.SaveSave
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Love this recipe!!! Definitely a keeper for my files, as applesauce is a favorite in this house, and I like the kick with the candies . This year I canned two batches of crockpot applesauce, but used regular cinnamon and a finely chopped small pineapple for a bit of tang , and that went quick. Can't wait to pick me up some more Crunch Pak apples to try your Cinnamon Strawberry Applesauce!!!!!
Looks delicious; but using the packaged apple slices like that, you use no liquid of sorts?
That's right. No extra liquid is needed in this. The apples and the frozen strawberries create enough liquid as it cooks. 🙂
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