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4.91 from 118 votes

Homemade Applesauce Recipe

This recipe for easy and delicious Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce is ready in just 30 minutes and makes the perfect sweet snack or healthy dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Apples for Applesauce, Homemade Applesauce Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Jessica Randhawa

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds apples, approx. 6 medium apples, peeled, cored, quartered and chopped into smaller chunks.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Place the peeled, cored, quartered and chopped apples in a large pot.  Add the water, lemon juice, sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt. Stir well.  Bring to a boil on high heat, then turn to low and cover.  Maintain a low simmer for 30 minutes or until the apples are completely soft and cooked through.
  • Once fully cooked, remove from heat.  For a chunky applesauce, mash the apples in the pot with a potato masher. For a smooth applesauce, add to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth (if using a blender, work in batches and allow time to cool).
  • Delicious served warm or cold.

Notes

I used Pink Lady apples for this recipe because that is what I had laying around.  Other recommended apples are Granny Smith, Mcintosh, Fuji, Gravenstein, Jonagold, and Golden Delicious.  Or, even better, you can always mix and match!
You can adjust sugar amount according to personal preference.  As I don't usually love lots of added sugar (unless we're talking cookies or cake), I will probably cut the sugar in half next time I make this recipe.  Of course, Pink Lady apples are known for being sweet, so perhaps my opinion will change with a different apple.
Makes approx. 1.5 quarts

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 15.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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