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Close-up image of a bowl filled with homemade applesauce made with pink lady apples and topped with ground cinnamon and whole cinnamon sticks.
4.81 from 256 votes

Homemade Applesauce Recipe

Easy recipe for delicious Homemade Applesauce. Ready in just 30 minutes, it makes the perfect sweet snack or healthy dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 225kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 lb apples approx. 6 medium apples, peeled, cored, quartered and chopped into smaller chunks.
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup white sugar (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Place the peeled, cored, quartered and chopped apples in a large pot.  Stir in the 1/2 cup of water, lemon juice, sugar (if using), 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once simmering, reduce heat to low and cover pot with a tight-fitting lid.  Maintain a low simmer for 30 minutes or until the apples are completely soft and cooked through.
  • Once fully cooked, remove from heat.  For chunky applesauce, mash the apples directly in the pot using a potato masher. For smooth applesauce, add the apples to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth (if using a blender, work in batches and allow time to cool), or use a hand-held immersion blender and blend directly in the pot.
  • This applesauce is 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!
Easily turn this recipe into unsweetened applesauce by adjusting the 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 tart and sweet, so perhaps my opinion will change with a different apple.
Feel free to add additional cinnamon or even a pinch of nutmeg, if desired.
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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