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  • Prep 10min
  • Total55min
  • Servings6

Make your own applesauce, it’s a great snack!MORE+LESS-

ByTBSP Nate

Updated May 6, 2015

Ingredients

6

medium apples (2 1/2 lb), peeled, cut into fourths and cored

1/4

cup granulated sugar or packed brown sugar

1/4

to 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Steps

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  • 1

    In 2-quart saucepan, heat apples and water to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up apples, until tender.

  • 2

    Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Heat to boiling. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Store covered in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

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16 Easy Recipes with Applesauce

These recipes with applesauce are a great way to incorporate the incredibly sweet flavor of applesauce into your weekly meals.

Use applesauce to replace eggs and oil in baked goods for a healthy alternative and moist dessert. Or, try one of these irresistibly sweet sauces.

You can even transform applesauce into the enticingly decadent vegan frosting to top your next birthday cake. The possibilities are endless.

If you have a jar in your fridge, see what you can do with one of these recipes with applesauce.

There are even a few savory options if your sweet tooth isn&rsquot speaking to you right now.

Get ready to rattle some pots and pans, let&rsquos put that jar of applesauce to good use.


Easy homemade applesauce

Homemade applesauce that’s so delicious and easy to make, you’ll never want to buy store-bought applesauce again! Perfect to use in recipes, as a topping, or just to eat on its own.

Confession: I’ve been meaning to share this homemade applesauce recipe with you guys for something like 4 years now.

I actually published a page for it waaaaaay back in December of 2012 (you can find it if you dig), and I’ve been meaning to write a legit recipe post with updated pictures/SEO every fall since then… only it never happened.

I guess I was worried that the recipe was just too simple to share. That no one would be interested in a basic homemade applesauce since it’s not exactly creative or original. And I do this all.the.time. All the time! I’ll love a recipe but ultimately decide that it’s too #basic for the blog. Because the world doesn’t need another recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Or banana bread. Or applesauce.

But yes it does, dammit! I adore this stuff and actually consider it to be a pretty big kitchen staple. Not just applesauce in general, but this applesauce. This chunky, unsweetened, stovetop applesauce that’s perfect in recipes, as a topping to oatmeal or yogurt bowls, or eating straight from the jar with a spoon. I’m so obsessed with it that I could easily eat 3 – 4 apples worth just by randomly snacking on it throughout the day.

So I’m sharing it with you guys. Basic or not.

Alright. First thing’s first. We gotta talk ’bout them apples.

There are a bajillion* (slight exaggeration) different apple varieties out there, but not all of them make good applesauce.

I mean, you can ultimately go with whatever kind of apples you have on hand, but I’ve found that Ambrosia, Gala, and Golden Delicious work really well. Google also tells me that Braeburn, Cortland, Crispin, Fuji, Gravenstein, Liberty, Jonamac, Ida Red, and Rome apples are good for applesauce, but I’ve heard of, like… one of those… so there’s that.

Personally, I’m a huge fan mixing Golden Delicious with either Gala or Ambrosia apples. Sometimes even Pink Lady. I find that combining a few different varieties yields a better tasting applesauce than just using one kind of apple. That and I also recommend avoiding really tart apples like Granny Smith since we’re not adding any sweetener.

Okay. We’ve got our apples. Now we peel them, core them, and chop them up into pieces.

Full disclosure -> I’m not the least bit particular about how I chop my apples, meaning they all end up being different shapes and sizes. It’s never been an issue for me since I like my homemade applesauce to have a lot of texture, but I guess you could be all precise with them if you have the patience for that sort of thing?

Personally, I just randomly slice the apples straight into the pot and call it a day.

And that’s about as hard as it gets!

From here on in, it’s about 20 – 25 minutes of letting the applesauce simmer while breathing in the intoxicating aroma of cooked apples. Like, forget fancy expensive candles – just toss a pot of apples on the stove and your house will smell amazing.

And as an added bonus, you’ll also have a batch of pretty freaking amazing homemade applesauce that tastes SO GOOD, you’ll never be able to go back to the store-bought stuff again.

Oh! And you can totally customize the texture depending on what you enjoy best. I like mine chunkier so I leave it as is, but you can also use a potato masher to make it slightly smoother while still maintaining some texture, OR you can use a blender or immersion blender to make the applesauce completely smooth… which is perfect for using in recipes.

I’d love to know if you make this recipe! Leave a comment and rating down below to let me know what you think, and subscribe to our mailing list to receive new recipes in your inbox!


Applesauce Ingredients:

  • 3 apples, chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • Optional: nutmeg

Chop apples and pop them in your blender. You can peel them if you want, but I always opt to leave the peel on.

Add water, cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. Blend until desired consistency is achieved.

Serve cold if you&rsquore in a hurry, or warm up in a saucepan on low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring in a bit of extra sugar and cinnamon for added flavor.


How to Make Baby Applesauce

Homemade applesauce is mildly sweet, filled with fiber, and rich in vitamin C. Follow our easy step-by-step instructions to make this ideal first fruit for your baby.

Apples are an ideal first fruit because they&aposre sweet and easy to mix with a variety of baby cereals. They&aposre also full of fiber and Vitamin C. Here&aposs how to make homemade baby applesauce.

Step 1: Select & Buy a Fresh Apple

In fall, fresh apples are plentiful and inexpensive, as well as delightfully crisp, juicy, and flavorful. Look for firm fruit that&aposs free of bruises and blemishes. Apples that give when you squeeze them will be mushy and unappealing. Since apples are part of the "dirty dozen"— foods with the highest pesticide residue— it&aposs a good idea to buy organic. Choose apples with a sweet, mild flavor, such as Red Delicious and Gala apples avoid tart varieties such as Granny Smith. One medium apple yields about five ounces of puree.

Step 2: Wash & Peel the Apple

Wash the apple with a mixture of three parts water and one part white vinegar to remove bacteria. Rinse under cool running water, dry, and peel. The easiest way to peel an apple is to use a vegetable peeler and work in a circular motion around the fruit. If you do not have a vegetable peeler, use a sharp paring knife.

Step 3: Core & Chop the Apple

Set the peeled apple, stem side up, on a clean cutting board. Slice in half. To remove the core, cup each apple slice in your palm and cut in a shallow scooping motion with a paring knife. Once the core is removed, slice each half into small chunks.

Step 4: Cook the Apple

Bring water to a boil in a medium-size saucepan. Reduce heat until bubbles are soft. Cook apple chunks until tender. Check apples after 10 minutes it&aposs important to minimize cooking time to help preserve vitamins and minerals. When apples are tender, drain and rinse with cold water for three minutes to stop the cooking process.

Step 5: Puree or Mash the Apple

Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add water as needed to reach desired consistency.

For chunkier applesauce, which is ideal for babies 10 months or older, mash the cooked apple with a potato masher instead of pureeing it.

Step 6: Serve the Applesauce

Baby applesauce is extremely versatile. Serve it plain or mix it with another puree or two to introduce your baby to new flavors and textures. Try mixing apple puree with:

  • Sweet potato
  • Carrot
  • Red cabbage and raisins
  • Butternut squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Plum
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Oatmeal
  • Full-fat Greek yogurt

Step 7: Refrigerate or Freeze Leftover Applesauce

Cool applesauce and refrigerate leftovers in BPA-free containers for up to 3 days. Freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in your refrigerator.



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