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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 Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: applesauce
Servings: 2 cups


  • 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


  • 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.


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