Homemade applesauce is a fall favorite! With only 4 ingredients and the bounty of apples available, it’s the perfect time to try this super easy recipe!

Whether you make it sweetened or unsweetened, applesauce is a favorite snack or even dessert! This recipe can be divided into applesauce pouches or be used as a flavor base in carrot cake muffins or delicious banana breakfast cookies!

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The Best Apples for Applesauce

We use firm apples for apple pie but any kind of apple is great in this homemade applesauce recipe. Try any of the following: Granny Smith,  McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonagold,  and Fujis.

A sweeter apple will make a sweeter sauce while a tart apple (like Granny Smith) will result in a more tart sauce. You can add extra sweetener if needed!  Try an assortment or mixture of your favorites.

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How to Make Applesauce

Applesauce is so easy to make with just 4 ingredients.

  1. Prep Apples: Peel, core, and chop the apples (per recipe below).
  2. Simmer: Cook the apples and the rest of the ingredients in a large pot until the apples are soft (you can also use a crockpot set on low for about 3 hours)!
  3. Mash: Mash apples down until you get the desired consistency.

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Smooth or Chunky Applesauce

Mash with a potato masher for a chunkier consistency or use an immersion blender (or food processor) to create a smoother apple sauce. Whatever your preference this recipe turns out delicious!

Apples in a pot with an immersion blender

How To Store Homemade Applesauce

Homemade applesauce will keep about a week or ten days if it is kept in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container.

For a quick kid-snack, seal in snack-sized freezer bags, or these adorable reusable applesauce pouches, and squeeze out from one corner just like the ones you see at the store!

Can You Freeze Applesauce?

You sure can! It will be a little looser when it thaws, but that makes it perfect for muffins and smoothies! Just remember to label the freezer bag or container it’s in.

Add a dash of cinnamon to refresh the flavor if you like!

Serve as a side dish, snack or dessert. It’s great with yogurt or over vanilla ice cream!

So Many Ways to Use Applesauce

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Homemade Applesauce Recipe

With only 4 ingredients and the bounty of apples available, there are so many reasons to try this super easy recipe!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 pounds apples peeled, cored, and chopped (about 6 medium)
  • cup water
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar* or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover.
  • Cook 15-20 minutes or until apples are very tender. Remove lid and simmer an additional 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Mash apples with a masher for a chunky consistency or blend/puree with an immersion blender for a smooth consistency.
  • Serve warm or chilled.


Apple sauce may need more or less sugar based on the variety of apples. If apples are very sweet, reduce the sugar to 2 tablespoons if desired. If they're very tart, add more. 
Mash with a potato masher for a chunkier consistency or use an immersion blender to create a smoother apple sauce.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 201 | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Snack
Cuisine American

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  1. I used 4 pink lady apples and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Made it for a muffin recipe and my baby but can’t stop eating it myself. Soooo good!5 stars

  2. Hello Holly,
    I made this recipe and it is awesome and it will definately be a go to in my kitchen. Thank you so much.
    God bless
    Deborah LaRive5 stars

  3. This is a wonderful recipe. I put all the ingredients in a slow cooker for 5 hours, then blended it up and it is the best, richest, almost caramelized velvety thick applesauce. Thank you!5 stars

  4. What if you wanted to add other flavors to the apple sauce? Like banana or peaches, woukd you add that at the end or beginning like the other ingredients.

    1. It would depend on the fruit. Peaches you’d want to cook down with the apples. I haven’t tried banana but I would add them closer to the end. Let us know how it works out for you!

  5. wow – I have never made homemade apple sauce before. I made it exactly as per the recipe and it turned out fantastic!! Not too sweet and perfect consistency! YUM5 stars

  6. Perfect! So easy and delicious. Our whole house smells amazing! I used the applesauce to doctor grilled pork tenderloin leftovers.

  7. I feel like this is a silly question but if you dont have an immersion blender you can use a regular blender, can’t you? Works the same?

    1. You sure can! If the mixture is warm/hot be careful to not seal the lid tightly or it can burst open. Leave it open a little bit to allow for the steam to escape.

    2. Be careful while blending and watch for consistency, though. I think pulsing would be the safest way of achieving your desired consistency. I overblended and mine turned out very smoothe, like a butter. A bit weird for my taste! The taste was great, though; it’s a good standard recipe for a basic apple sauce.

    1. This recipe is for about 6-7 cups of apples. If you have 20 cups, you’ll need about 1 cup of water and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon and sugar to taste.

  8. My kids favorite is pink applesauce just boil the apples with the skin on then run it threw a strainer it’s there favorite to them it’s not real unless it’s pink lol. It was a recipe passed down through there dads family for generations and it’s still a hit.

  9. Holly, this could not have been easier! And its so pretty! Perfect full-bodied flavor. As suggested, I mixed apple types and added red delicious for a little extra sweetness.

    I chose to keep with big chunks to serve over fish/chicken dinners this week, or mix with the beautiful homemade cottage cheese I made.

    3# raw yielded 2# cored and peeled, which chunky still provided 4 1/2 cups. Thank you!!!

  10. Hey Holly,
    I haven’t made this yet but it’s so close to my recipe. Except at this time of year, I use 4 large Granny Smith apples and 1 cup of Apple Cider!! You can find fresh, apple cider in the refrigerated section of the grocery store or in a little road side truck selling fresh produce. It takes this recipe to another level – promise! Then, I adjust the cinnamon and brown sugar for taste!

    4 Large Granny Smith Apples
    1 cup fresh apple cider
    Brown Sugar to taste
    Cinnamon to taste
    Follow rest of Holly’s recipe. Enjoy!