This sweet and flavorful-packed Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce is a perfect side dish or snack no matter what season. It tastes delicious warmed up in the winter and is sweet and refreshing when enjoyed chilled in the summer. It's a must try!
Until I made this Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce, I held a grudge against my crockpot. I never cooked much with crockpots as a single, mainly because I didn't own one, but was so excited to start experimenting after Brett and I got married.
The first few recipes I tried making in my crockpot were fails, but after some trial and error, this Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce was my first winning crockpot recipe! We still love this crockpot applesauce to this day!
Crockpot applesauce is delicious on its own, but try adding some persimmons to the mix for a fun, unique flavor.
This crockpot persimmon applesauce is easy to make and tastes delicious both hot and cold depending on what season you're in!
Let me show you how to make it.
Ingredients for Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce
Excluding water, this crockpot applesauce recipe requires just 4 ingredients!
- Apples (I used Fuji)
- Fuyu persimmons*
- Fresh lemon juice (lemon squeezer)
- Vanilla extract
*If you don't have fuyu persimmons available nearby, you can just use two more apples.
What Are Fuyu Persimmons?
I had actually never eaten a persimmon until I moved to New York back in 2014.
I don't even think I'd ever seen one until the Asian Mart across my street started selling them.
If you've never tried a persimmon, you really need to!
While there are a number of different varieties of persimmons, however I recommend using Fuyu persimmons in this recipe.
Fuyu persimmons are short and wide and have a similar texture to apples, but are slightly creamier.
If you're eating them on their own you can either eat them as you would an apple or peel and cut them.
Apples and fuyu persimmons pair beautifully in this recipe and give this crockpot applesauce such a unique and vibrant orange color!
What are the Best Apples for Homemade Applesauce?
You can really use whatever apples you desire when making homemade applesauce.
Some options are listed below:
- Golden Delicious
- Honey Crisp
I recommend using the apples that you enjoy eating the most on their own.
Personally, I love Fuji Apples! So that is the variety of apple I used in this recipe.
How to Make Crockpot Applesauce
It's so easy to make crockpot applesauce and you don't even need to add any sugar!
The apples, and persimmons in this case, are sweet enough on their own!
To make crockpot applesauce, start by peeling, coring and thinly slicing the apples and, if using, persimmons.
Place the fruit in your crockpot and add in the lemon juice, vanilla extract and water.
Cover the crockpot and set the temperature to high. Let everything cook for 3-6 hours, depending on the strength of your crockpot!
If you have a stronger crockpot, be sure to check the fruit after 3 hours to keep it from burning.
Once the fruit has become super sweet and soft, mash the fruit with a potato masher until it reaches your desired consistency.
For a completely smooth homemade applesauce, you can also puree the applesauce with an immersion blender.
How Long Does Homemade Applesauce Last?
Since this homemade crockpot applesauce doesn't have any preservatives in it, other than the lemon juice, It will probably only last for up to a week in the fridge.
Allow the applesauce to cool before transferring it to a sealable jar and storing it in the fridge.
Towards the end of the week, if you still have some applesauce leftover, be sure to smell it and check it for mold before enjoying it!
Can You Freeze Applesauce?
Yes! You can freeze homemade applesauce.
Since applesauce doesn't contain any dairy, it freezes well for a long period of time.
Frozen applesauce lasts for months when frozen properly.
- Allow your homemade applesauce to cool.
- Transferring the cooled applesauce to freezer-safe zip-lock bags or jars.
- If using bags, squeeze out any excess air and seal the bag tightly.
- Label your bags with the name and date so you don't forget what's inside!
- Freeze the applesauce for up to three months!
How to Thaw Homemade Applesauce
You can thaw frozen applesauce by placing it in the fridge overnight.
If you need it thawed faster, you can speed up the process by placing the bag of applesauce into a bowl of cool water.
Best Uses for Applesauce
There are so many different ways to enjoy homemade applesauce.
I'll list out my favorite ways to use applesauce below:
- As an oil substitution for whole-food baking
- As a jam/jelly on peanut butter sandwiches
- In smoothies for sweetness
- Warmed up for an ice cream sundae topping
- As a cheese board accoutrement
- In applesauce cookies or Applesauce Quick Bread
- Stirred into oatmeal
Let me know if you try out this unique and delicious Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce!
I know you guys will love it!
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Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce Recipe
- 6 medium apples I used Fuji
- 4 fuyu persimmons*
- Juice of one lemon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup water
- Peel, core and thinly slice the apples and persimmons.
- Place them in your crockpot and add in the lemon juice, vanilla extract and water. Cover your crockpot and set the temp to high. Let everything cook for 3-6 hours** (depending on the strength of your crockpot).
- Once the cooking time is up, mash the fruit with a potato masher until your desired consistency.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
I enjoy your recipes, however I am somewhat confused.
In this recipe, Crockpot Persimmon Applesauce, you use a crockpot. But in the Pumpkin Chili recipe (see Lori’s comment) you said that you are not familiar with cooking in a crockpot.
I am wondering if you still have not made the Pumpkin Chili in a crockpot? If you have, on what setting and for how long did you cook it?
Faith VanderMolen says
Hi Sue! Sorry for the confusion! I've been running my blog for over 9 years now and have moved multiple times since then. When I wrote my crockpot applesauce recipe I did indeed have a crockpot. Since then, I've moved and don't own one anymore, hence why I've never tried the pumpkin chili in a crockpot. If you've made chili in the crockpot before, I'm sure you can make this one in the crockpot as well! I'm just not well versed in how long or one what power you should do it for. Hope that makes sense!
Rita Luther says
I have some frozen persimmon pulp that I made from wild persimmons. How much should I use in this recipe?
Wow! That sounds amazing! I'm not sure how much pulp 4 persimmons would make but I don't think you can go wrong. I'd recommend 1 cup or so!
Rita Luther says
Thank you! I will start with a cup and see how that works.
Great! yes, please let me know if it works for you!
Claudia Gold says
Thanks! Making applesauce for a latke party and it will be convenient to be able to have this cooking in the background while I grate potatoes 😀
Sounds like a great plan Claudia! I hope the party goes well...sounds so fun!
Kurt Werle says
This is exactly what we did and it came out fantastic.
So glad it worked out for you Kurt!
Tina Muir says
What a wonderful idea Faith! I have never cooked with persimmons, but I could definitely see how it would work! That sounds delicious, and perfect for the crockpot! Thank you for joining us again, I cannot get enough of your recipes!
Thanks Tina! I had never done much with them either, but they're delicious:) Always glad to be a part of Meatless Mondays! Thanks for hosting!
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
That looks incredible- it is persimmon season here so never thought to use it in such a way!
Oh man, if Persimmons are in season you should definitely try this!!
My family loves applesauce and I made so many bathes, including a Pumpkin Pie Apple Sauce, and my girls have eaten it all. I have a bunch of persimmons, I will have to try this! I would have never thought to combine persimmons with apples but I am new to them as we don't get to enjoy them often here.
oooo Sarah, Pumpkin Applesauce!! That sounds amazing...I'm inspired! Let me know if you try it and what you think!
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says
ooh that looks easy and yummy! Thanks for linking up with us again we love to have your recipes
Thanks Deborah, it really is so easy! Thanks as always for hosting:)