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If the idea of the heavenly scent of crock pot cinnamon apples smelling up your house as they cook sounds great to you, then you should get on this immediately.
Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples are a wonderful way to use up a big bag of apples. You can easily double this recipe and adjust it to your own tastes. These apples are sweet, delicious, and tender, and can even have a tart flavor if that’s your preference. It’s almost like having apple pie without the huge number of calories!
Easy Crockpot Apples
This apple recipe is one of the easiest apple recipes you can make. Using a slow cooker totally makes this simple. There is no standing at the stove or monitoring a pot or pan. Just dump everything into a slow cooker for a few hours, put the lid on, and let them cook for several hours. Easy!
Healthy Cinnamon Apples
Fruit is the ultimate, healthy dessert. But that doesn’t mean it has to be eaten plain. Apples were made for cooking, and if you add the right spices, you take them to a whole new level that is still just as healthy as the fruit itself.
What Type of Apples To Use For Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples
You can use any type of apples you usually prefer. But keep a couple of things in mind.
- Tart apples = add more sweetener
- Sweet apples = add less or no sweetener.
Some good types of apples to try here are:
- Pink lady apples
- Gala apples
- Granny smith apples
- Golden delicious apples
- Fuji apples
What Sweetener To Use
This recipe calls for maple syrup. But you can use any sweetener you like. If you opt for granular sweeteners like Sucanat, coconut sugar, or monk fruit, (which are basically like brown sugar in flavor) you’ll want to use a ¼ cup for dessert-level sweetness, or 2 tbsp. for mildly sweetened apples.
Adjusting The Sweetness
As mentioned above, if your apples are very sweet, you can omit the sweetener completely.
The great part is, if you don’t add any sweetener and then find that you should have added some, you can easily stir some in. Though, in this case, I highly recommend using a liquid sweetener just for the ease of stirring it in.
How To Serve Crockpot Apples
These are fantastic hot out of the slow cooker. But if you want other ideas for serving this, here they are:
- Over ice cream
- Blended into applesauce
- Over waffles or pancakes
- Mixed into oatmeal
- Layered between french toast
- Over pork chops
- Mixed with granola
- Over a scoop of vanilla ice cream
- Drizzle with caramel sauce
- Sprinkle with walnuts
- Over roast pork
- As a side dish
- On its own as a dessert
To Peel Or Not To Peel
Deciding whether to peel your apples or not is totally a personal choice. I tend to enjoy the different textures of the soft apples and the chewier skin. But if that’s not something you enjoy, by all means, peel them first.
Crock Pot Hot Buttered Apples
You can easily turn this into hot buttered apples by adding butter to the slow cooker. If you opt for this, you’ll want to add up to a half stick of butter, or less, depending on how buttery you want them. You can also simply add butter to your liking after the apples are done cooking. The heat from the apples will melt the butter.
- Add a little ground nutmeg to expand the flavor profile. About a ¼ teaspoon should do the trick.
- Use chopped pecans as a garnish, or cook the pecans right along with the apples. About a half to a full cup of pecans should do it. It’s up to you if you want to chop them or not. Walnuts are also an option.
Ingredients for Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples
Apples – Use any type of apples you prefer.
Ground cinnamon – Make sure there is no added sugar. You just want plain, ground cinnamon.
Ground black pepper
Salt – I used pink Himalayan salt. But use whatever salt you normally use in cooking or baking.
Pure maple syrup – Or any other type of sweetener you prefer. See notes above.
How to Make Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples – Step-by-Step Photos
Peel, core, and slice the apples. Using an apple corer will make this job quick and easy.
Combine the apple slices and all the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker crock and gently stir.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or until the apples are very soft, but still slightly hold together.
Serve as is or as a topping.
How to Store Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples
These can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days if kept in the fridge.
Can You Freeze This?
Freezing is not recommended for this.
What To Do With Leftovers
You can also bake these into muffins or blend them into a smoothie.
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3 lbs. apples1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground allspice
⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
¼ tsp. salt
3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
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Other Favorite Apple Recipes
- Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
- Apple Bread
- Apple Fries
- Amish Apple Butter
- Spiced Apple Bundt Cake
- Air Fryer Apple Chips
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Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples Recipe
Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples
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- A slow cooker (5-6 quarts works best)
- 3 lbs. apples
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground allspice
- ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup (See notes on sweetener in post above)
- Peel, core and slice the apples.
- Combine the apple slices and all the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker crock and gently stir.
- Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or until the apples are very sift, but still slighly hold together.
- Serve as is or as a topping.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted on 11/21/22.