No oven needed for this delicious crock pot apple pie filling. A healthier option to the traditional old-fashioned apple pie, this fall family treat is done in no time at all, filling your house with the sweet smell of cinnamon and sugar.
A delicious sweet treat, a large scoop of vanilla ice cream pairs well, but don’t be afraid to try homemade crockpot apple pie with oatmeal, cinnamon rolls, or waffles too!
Why you will love this scoopable apple pie
- Move over classic apple pie! No cans of apple pie filling are needed to enjoy a fresh scoopable apple mixture. Slow cooking keeps this dessert so simple and is perfect for covering a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Holiday friendly, apples speak of fall. This crockpot recipe will fill your house with the sweet smell of cinnamon and is the perfect fall dessert.
- While crust is always a welcome addition to apple pie (and if you want, even cake mix for a dump cake), there is no crust needed to enjoy this slow cooker apple pie filling. This is a delicious side dish, a homemade apple pie with all the best parts and full apple flavor. And without crust, is a healthier apple pie version – if that matters in the Christmas season (doesn’t to me!).
- Apples – Apples need to be cored, peeled, and sliced. Use your favorite apple varieties for this fresh apple dessert. In a pinch, purchase apple slices.
- White sugar – The secret ingredient in this recipe is white sugar. If you use brown sugar instead, it won’t have quite the same sweetness. This recipe uses a combination of white sugar and cornstarch to create a thick, creamy sauce that coats the apples.
- Lemon (or two teaspoons lemon juice)
- Spices: ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, salt
- Ice cream
How to make No Crust Slow Cooker Apple Pie
- Grease a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray or add a slow cooker liner. Add prepped apples to the slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, combine water, cornstarch, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and spices in a small bowl.
- Mix together well.
- Pour over sliced apples and mix to coat evenly.
- Cover crockpot and heat for 1-1/2 hours on high.
- When cooking is complete, stir well. Turn off the slow cooker and allow it to cool until warm. Sliced apples will continue to thicken.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
- Store leftover apples in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Best apples for apple pie
When it comes to apple pie, there are a lot of different varieties you can choose from. Some are sweet, and some are tart, but all are delicious in their own way. If you want to bake an apple pie that is just as good as any restaurant version, then you’re going to need to make sure you have the apples with the flavors that you love.
Braeburn: There are many different types of apples that go great in crockpot apple pie and they all have different flavor profiles. This is my favorite variety of apples —it has a nice sweetness that works well with cinnamon and nutmeg, but it also holds its shape when baked. It’s a bit on the small side, so if you’re making an apple pie, make sure you use enough!
Granny Smith: Typically known for its tart flavor, granny smith is a quality crips apple that goes amazing with the super sweet sugar flavors.
Honey Crisp: Also very popular, honey crisp apples are a great firmer apple choice. This sweet apple is excellent for making pies because it holds up nicely in the oven’s heat without getting mushy or turning brown. It also makes a perfect snack if you need something quick and easy to munch on. Honeycrisps tend to be quite juicy, so make sure to drain off any excess juice before using them in your recipes.
Other quality apple choices are Pink ladies, Jazz apples, and Jonagold.
What size crockpot is needed?
I recommend an 8-quart size crockpot (large crockpot). This gives you plenty of room for a lot of apples but also to stir well without overfilling.
What should apple pie be served with?
- Ice Cream: specifically vanilla bean or vanilla ice cream, is the typical addition for apple pie purists.
- Whipped Cream: In our house, smothered with whipped cream is an absolute must.
- Caramel Drizzle: Any apple pie mixture goes great with some caramel drizzle. We also use this trick with apple pie breakfast casserole.
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Crock Pot Apple Pie Filling
- 8 cups apples - cored, peeled, and sliced thin
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp corn starch
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice - or juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- vanilla ice cream - for serving
- Grease a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
- Add sliced apples to the slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, combine cold water and cornstarch to make a cornstarch slurry.
- Now add white sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and remaining spices. Mix together well.
- Pour cinnamon sugar mixture over apples and mix (spatula works well) to evenly coat apples
- Cover crockpot and heat apples for 1-1/2 hours on high. When cooking is complete, stir one more time very well.
- Turn off the slow cooker and allow to cool until warm, which takes about 10-15 minutes. Apples will continue to thicken.
- Serve apple pie filling warm with vanilla ice cream, waffles or oatmeal.
- Store leftover apples in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Serves 8
How thin to cut applesThe best way to cut apples is to use a corer and a slicer. That gives you 8 thick apple wedges. Then peel the skin off the wedges with a pairing knife. Cut each individual wedge into 3 pieces. I’d say thickness is about 1/8″ But 1/4″ would be fine, too.
What size crockpot is needed?I recommend an 8-quart size crockpot (large crockpot). This gives you plenty of room for a lot of apples but also to stir well without overfilling.
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