Easy Peasy Applesauce

diced applesIt is apple season here in the Carolinas! Making homemade applesauce is somewhat of a special occasion around here since a healthy store-bought alternative (with no sugar added) can easily be found. I am not saying the store-bought stuff is nearly as good as the homemade version…just more convenient of course. Let’s just say that my husband and I do not regularly consume the little store-bought containers of applesauce, but all four of us fight over the last few drops if it is homemade! Plus making it yourself can be a fun activity (especially with kids), and luckily you can freeze the leftovers.

It is especially quick and easy to make this dish at home if you have a handy dandy apple slicer that will cut out the core and cut the rest into pieces. You can find these inexpensive tools at most grocery stores (or Target), and they will easily cut your prep time in half. Not to mention they come in handy for just slicing apples for a snack (or even pears too!).

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Easy Peasy Applesauce

It is especially quick and easy to make this dish at home if you have a handy dandy apple slicer that will cut out the core and cut the rest into pieces.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
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Servings: 2 cups


  • 3 pounds apples cut into ½ inch or 1 inch slices (no need to peel them unless you have an extra hour you want to kill, any variety is good)
  • ½ cup apple juice or cider
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 stick cinnamon optional
  • 2 tablespoons honey optional
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ground


  • Combine the apples, apple juice/cider, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick (if using) into a large pot. Cover and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes or until tender (but not mushy).
  • Remove the cinnamon stick (if using) and transfer warm apple mixture to a food processor (or you can mash by hand with a potato masher) and add honey (if using) and nutmeg. Puree to desired chunkiness. Serve, refrigerate, or freeze the leftovers!


We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Easy Peasy Applesauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 791mg23%
Carbohydrates 120g40%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 94g104%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 34.7mg42%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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107 thoughts on “Easy Peasy Applesauce”

  1. Do you have to cook the apples? I’ve made “emergency” apple sauce in the past by literally throwing apples into the blend tec with a bit of cinnamon. But it wasn’t to put away or freeze, it was to eat right then. I mean- why bother having pork chops if you don’t have apple sauce? Is the cooking so that it can be stored or frozen? Either way, I plan to try this recipe! Also- didn’t realize you were in NC. I’m in Chapel Hill!

  2. I core my apples, chop into large chunks and put them in the food processor to a large dice before I cook them. Then when they’re cooked, their done!

  3. Courtney Carlson

    Ok, so I did this recipe in the crockpot! I doubled the recipe and cooked it on high for 4 hours. It turned out great!

  4. Hi Lisa, thanks for this recipe, I’m making it right now for my son who has not been well and needs some home made organic apple sauce for his tummy.
    I don’t know if you know this but there is an add “banner” for McDonalds on this page of your blog. I am a bit surprised to see it here.

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