Homemade applesauce is a fall favorite! With only 3 ingredients (and a splash of water), it’s so easy to make!

A simple blend of apples, sugar, and cinnamon is all you need for this applesauce recipe. Perfect and fresh!

This recipe can be divided into applesauce pouches or be used to replace some of the oil in baked goods like carrot cake or muffins or even added to banana breakfast cookies!

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An Easy Favorite

When my kids were little, I used to serve this applesauce as a dessert. Warmed and topped with a pinch of cinnamon sugar and a tiny scoop of ice cream, they thought it tasted like apple pie!

  • It needs only 3 ingredients plus a splash of water.
  • You can use any variety of apples.
  • It’s healthy and delicious, make it to your liking and add a little or a lot of sugar and spice.
  • This recipe freezes well and makes a great snack or even a dessert served warm with a scoop of ice cream.

The Best Apples for Applesauce

We use firm apples for apple pie but any kind of apple is great in homemade applesauce. Try a combination of any of the following: Granny Smith,  Gala, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Jonagold,  or 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

  1. Prep Apples: Peel, core, and chop the apples (per the recipe below).
  2. Simmer: Cook the apples over medium heat along with the rest of the ingredients below. Stir occasionally until the apples are soft (you can also use a crock pot set on low for about 3 hours)!
  3. Mash: Mash apples with a masher or blend until smooth.

Variations

  • Swap the water for your favorite juice or apple cider.
  • Add extra spices like pumpkin pie spice or a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Sugar can be substituted for a sweetener of your choice.

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

Smooth or Chunky Applesauce

Mash with a potato masher for a chunkier texture or use an immersion blender (or food processor) to create a smoother apple sauce.

How To Store Homemade Applesauce

Homemade applesauce will keep for about a week in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container.

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

How to Freeze Applesauce

Place the applesauce into small containers or freezer bags. I like to freeze in 1-cup portions. Freeze for up to 4 months.

Is applesauce good for you?

Yes, it’s not only delicious, homemade applesauce is really nothing more than mashed apples and cinnamon with a pinch of sweetener. If your apples are a sweeter variety, you can skip the sugar if you’d like or substitute maple syrup or agave.

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 8 servings

Equipment

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Ingredients  

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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

This recipe makes approximately 4 cups of applesauce.
*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. 
Applesauce can be blended in a traditional blender. Ensure the lid is not sealed tightly while the apples are warm or the steam can build up. You may need to add a little bit of liquid to blend smoothly. If you add liquid, the blended sauce can be simmered on medium-low heat until thickened.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 100 | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.05g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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

Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
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  1. I made this last night because the store did not have the apple sauce that my mum likes. It was beyond good! Because we watch our sugar intake I decided to not add any additional sugar and was still delicious. I was a little worried about it not being enough cinnamon so I heaped the 1/2 tsp and then added a little fresh grated nutmeg. Everyone love it, taste soooo good, the only downfall now is this is the only apple sauce mum wants lol!5 stars

    1. Homemade applesauce will keep for about a week in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container.

  2. I doubled the recipe and used 6 Honey crisp and 6 Cosmic Crisps. I doubled the cinnamon and added a little nutmeg. After softening the apples as per the recipe, I used a food processor on puree to make it smooth.

    Holy cow was this great! Best applesauce I’ve ever had. Super easy recipe.

    I might try half white and half brown sugar next time to see how that turns out.5 stars

  3. Thank you for this delicious and easy recipe. This applesauce totally enhances our potato latkes and made our festive holiday ever brighter and sweeter.5 stars

  4. How many servings does this recipe usually yield? I’m hoping to take some to a large party and want to know if I need to double or even triple it.

  5. This is such a great recipe for using up extra or leftover apples! Every year, we buy a box of “seconds” from a local orchard to use for butter and sauce. I had a LOT this year, so I figured I’d can some big jars of sauce. This recipe is simple and easy to follow, allows for a lot of creativity with the ingredients, or sticking to the original, because either way you’re going to end up with a delicious homemade result! Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  6. Excellent apple sauce!! I put it in a jar in the fridge and will enjoy it as a side quite a few times! Thank you for the recipe!

  7. I always add a hint of nutmeg to my applesauce and we use a food mill or potato ricer to finish the sauce so that we don’t need to peel, core, or seed the apples.
    Also, you can make it in the instant pot as well by pressure-cooking for 3 minutes and then using the saute feature to get it to the desired consistency. I prefer the stove though because the instant pot can splatter.5 stars

  8. I made this last weekend to go with pork chops (come on!) I had to. My family loved it. It was so easy to make, once all the apples were peeled by hand (not the best). But I have made it again this weekend and know it will be a steady in my house!!! Highly recommend.