This soft, sweet homemade applesauce recipe is made with only a few ingredients. You can make this recipe in less than 30 minutes and is so much better than store-bought!
What are the best apples for applesauce?
I always use sweet apples like Golden Delicious, Elstar, or McIntosh apples for my applesauce. By using sweet apples you don’t have to add any sugar. Granny Smith is also a very popular apple to use but you might want to add a little sugar. You can also mix sweet and tart apples when you make this recipe!
I like to make unsweetened applesauce without added sugar because I want my sauce to taste like, well… apples but if you use tart apples or you just want your sauce to be really sweet you can add some sugar at step 3.
Uses for applesauce
You can eat your sauce just as is but there is so much more you can do with it!
- Use it as a replacement for butter or oil in cakes and cupcakes
- Make some apple pancakes!
- Add some to your oatmeal
- Delicious with pork chops
- Serve some homemade applesauce with ice cream!
How to make unsweetened applesauce
Peel and core the apples and cut them into chunks. The smaller the chunks are the sooner your apples are ready. If you have apples that have a little bruise on them that's fine just cut that off and use the rest.
Put the apples and ½ cup of water in a pan and let it come to a boil on high heat. Turn down the heat and let the apples simmer for about 10 minutes or until they become soft enough to mash. If you want to add spices or sugar you can do that now.
Let the apples cool and puree them with a stick blender or in a food processor until they have the desired consistency. If you want more chunky applesauce you can also mash them with a potato masher.
- Apples - Granny Smith, McIntosh, Elstar, and Golden Delicious are some of the best apples for this recipe.
- Cinnamon *optional - this gives your sauce a sweet warm flavor.
- Sugar *optional - any type of sugar will work but if you use sweet apples you really don’t have to add any sugar.
- Lemon juice or vinegar *optional - this makes sure your sauce doesn’t turn brown and gives it a slightly tart flavor.
- You can freeze your applesauce. Divide it over freezer bags of containers and you can store your sauce in the freezer for up to 3 months
- This recipe makes small batches but you can easily double the recipe if you want to make more or freeze some.
- If you like to make homemade baby food you can definitely use this recipe. Make sure to leave our sugar when making applesauce for babies.
- You can store this in the fridge for a few days and up to 3 months in the freezer.
- Spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, speculaas spice, and pumpkin spice are delicious in applesauce.
- You can steam your apples instead of boiling them.
Other apple desserts you will love!
- 6 medium apples
- 120 ml (½ cup) water
- 1 tsp cinnamon *optional
- 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar *optional
- 2 tbsp sugar *optional
- Peel and core your apples and cut them into small chunks.
- Put the apples, water, cinnamon, lemon juice, and sugar in a heavy-bottomed pan.
- Bring to a boil on high heat and let the apples simmer for about 15-20 minutes until they are soft and easily break apart.
- Mash the apples with a potato masher, press them through a sieve or puree them until they have the desired consistency,
- Mash the apples with a potato masher for chunkier applesauce.
- press them through a sieve if you want smoother applesauce.
- If you really want no lumps in your applesauce or you are making this recipe for a small baby you can puree the apples with a stick blender or a food processor.
- You can keep the applesauce in the freezer for about 3 months or a few days in the fridge.
- Add cinnamon, speculaas spices, or pumpkin spices at step 3
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g