December 8, 2022

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Homemade Applesauce Recipe – Spend With Pennies

Homemade applesauce is a fall favorite! With only 4 ingredients and the bounty of apples available, it’s the perfect time to try this super easy recipe!

Whether you make it sweetened or unsweetened, applesauce is a favorite snack or even dessert! This recipe can be divided into applesauce pouches or be used as a flavor base in carrot cake muffins or delicious banana breakfast cookies!

homemade applesauce in a bowl with a wooden spoon

The Best Apples for Applesauce

We use firm apples for apple pie but any kind of apple is great in this homemade applesauce recipe. Try any of the following: Granny Smith,  McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonagold,  and 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.

cooked apples in a pot

How to Make Applesauce

Applesauce is so easy to make with just 4 ingredients.

  1. Prep Apples: Peel, core, and chop the apples (per recipe below).
  2. Simmer: Cook the apples and the rest of the ingredients in a large pot until the apples are soft (you can also use a crockpot set on low for about 3 hours)!
  3. Mash: Mash apples down until you get the desired consistency.

mashing apple sauce in a pot

Smooth or Chunky Applesauce

Mash with a potato masher for a chunkier consistency or use an immersion blender (or food processor) to create a smoother apple sauce. Whatever your preference this recipe turns out delicious!

Apples in a pot with an immersion blender

How To Store Homemade Applesauce

Homemade applesauce will keep about a week or ten days if it is kept in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container.

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

Can You Freeze Applesauce?

You sure can! It will be a little looser when it thaws, but that makes it perfect for muffins and smoothies! Just remember to label the freezer bag or container it’s in.

Add a dash of cinnamon to refresh the flavor if you like!

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

So Many Ways to Use Applesauce

a bowl of homemade applesauce being stirred with a wooden spoon

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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

  • 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.

*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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Calories: 201 | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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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