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Homemade Applesauce

This makes a small batch of about 2 cups or so. You can easily make a larger batch by increasing the ingredient amounts accordingly and freezing the extras. It freezes beautifully.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • 3 to 4 cored if desired, I prefer sweeter varieties like Royal Gala and Honeycrisp because they provide their own sweetness and allow you to reduce the amount of sugar you add, peeled and chopped apples
  • 3/4 cup water more may be required depending on your heat and the variety of apples used
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon*
  • Optional: 2-3 tablespoons sweetener* or more to taste, honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, etc.
  • Optional: spices like ginger I like 1/4 tsp of 1-2 spices, cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg* to taste
  • *Omit if making applesauce for baby.


  1. Over medium heat, simmer the apples with the water, and the lemon juice and sweetener if making the regular recipe. Stir frequently to keep the apples from sticking and burning.
  2. After about 10 to 15 minutes, the apples will have started to break down and soften. If they are sticking to the pan, you can add a bit more water and continue cooking until the apples have broken down completely (for a smooth texture) or almost (for a chunkier texture). Add any spices you wish to add.
  3. From here, you have two choices: puree in a food processor or blender (for a super smooth texture) or mash with a potato masher (for a chunkier texture). Depending on the consistency of your apples at this time, you may even skip this step.
  4. Enjoy feeding yourself and your loved ones homemade applesauce!