Homemade Applesauce

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This homemade applesauce recipe is so easy to make and has no added sugar. Great as baby food, a tasty snack for kiddos or to use in recipes!

Making homemade applesauce is so easy and a great way to use up apples after apple picking. Plus, it tastes exponentially better than the store-bought stuff.

I love that you can customize how smooth or chunky you want it and you can play around with flavor variations! After diving into the world of homemade baby food for Olivia, I quickly realized that applesauce is really similar to homemade apple puree (aka baby food), but I’m not complaining! We’re both fans of this tasty treat.

Glass jar of homemade applesauce.

Applesauce Ingredients

  • apples – I recommend choosing a sweet variety like Fuji, Gala or Golden Delicious. 
  • water
  • cinnamon – cinnamon is optional but I personally love adding it to my applesauce. It adds that dynamic spice flavor and a hint of sweetness without adding sugar.
  • lemon juice
Ingredients to make homemade apple sauce: apples, cinnamon and lemon.

The Difference Between Apple Butter and Applesauce

I know what you might be wondering… how is this recipe different than my apple butter recipe? Let me explain!

Both apple butter and applesauce are made by cooking apples with water, spices AND sugar (but I make mine without added sugar). The main difference between the two is that apple butter is cooked longer so the mixture becomes a thick, caramelized consistency. Applesauce is soft and creamy too, but is typically a thinner, lighter consistency. The other difference is that apple butter is usually made with an array of spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla. Occasionally you’ll see cinnamon applesauce, but most of the time applesauce is plain.

4 photos of the steps for how to make applesauce. Apples in the pot with cinnamon, then when cooked getting blended in a food processor.

How to Make Applesauce

Making homemade applesauce takes just two steps. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Cook your apples – In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the apples, water, cinnamon (if using) and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-25 minutes. You’ll know the apples are ready when they are soft and have lost their shape.
  2. Cool and blend – Remove the apple mixture from the heat and let cool slightly. For a chunky applesauce, use a potato masher to mash the apples. For a smooth applesauce, place the apple mixture into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender.
Bird's eye view of glass jar full of homemade applesauce. Surrounded by a cloth napkin, apples and cinnamon sticks.

How to Store Homemade Applesauce

Let your homemade applesauce cool before placing in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipes That Use Applesauce

I personally love having this recipe in my back pocket because there are times when I need applesauce for baking and don’t have any on hand. Here are a few applesauce recipes you might enjoy.

More Apple Recipes to Try

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4.60 from 5 votes

How to Make Applesauce

Homemade applesauce is a breeze to make and even more delicious than the store-bought stuff. It’s great for snacking or to use in recipes!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 cups

Ingredients  

  • 4 medium apples, cored, peeled and chopped into even sized pieces (choose a sweet variety like Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious or a blend of apples)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice

Instructions 

  • Cook apples: In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine apples, water, cinnamon and lemon juice.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10-25 minutes, depending on the size of your apples. You’ll know they’re ready when the apples are soft and have lost their shape. 
  • Let cool + blend: Remove the apples from the heat and allow to cool slightly. For a chunky applesauce: use a potato masher to mash the apples. For a smooth applesauce: place cooked apples in a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender.
  • To store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: applesauce
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About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    Yummy applesauce! Made it for myself and my baby. Next time I think I’ll mash it instead of using the immersion blender because it was a little too smooth for my taste.