Easy Peasy Applesauce

9 Reviews / 5 Average
It 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. But nothing beats this homemade Easy Peasy Applesauce recipe. I love that this recipe freezes well, too!
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diced apples in a pan.

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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.

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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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  1. 5 stars
    Everyone enjoyed this recipe! Even though I forgot the apple cider and used 1 cup of water instead, it turned out great. Can the recipe be doubled? I have a bunch of apples I need to do something with before they go bad and end up goat food!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 5 stars
    Just made this and it is so yummy! I accidentally added the honey before simmering and it turned out fine. My kids love this recipe too.

  7. I am making the Easy Peasy Applesauce today (LOVE this website!) but it doesn’t say to take the cinnamon stick out before turning the food proccesor on. I’m assuming I take it out?? I’ve never used a cinnamon stick before…wasn’t sure?

  8. I have made applesauce for years but this is the first time I used lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. It is a little too acidic tasting for me…any ideas on how to change that taste/flavor?

      1. Pays to read a recipe a few times before you cook it. I had made another batch my old way and ended up mixing both together and it tastes fine!

  9. This applesauce looks yummy! I usually make a much simpler homemade applesauce in the slow cooker for my 2 year old and he loves it! I use 3 sweet apples, 3 Granny Smith apples, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and a tablespoon of water. That’s it! It’s delicious without the added sugar (honey, etc.)!

  10. 5 stars
    Fantastic – we used local, organic honeycrisp apples and this will be a yearly fall routine going forward! Thank you!

  11. I absolutely love the fact that if I want to make something specific 9 times out of 10 I can go to this blog and can find a recipe for whatever it is I wish to make. Another huge bonus as a busy mom is I normally have the dry Ingredients on hand. It’s terrific.

    We love unsweetened applesauce for eating and baking but also making seasonal apple butter. I love this recipe because we can multiple it and follow it easily without adding the honey and spices. Then puree, spilt in half freeze the unsweetened portions (to be flavored however later) then add the apple butter portion back to the pot. We spice it accordingly, simmer low for an hour and then freeze. If doing this though make sure you strain the cooking juice but don’t discard before processing/mashing. Apple butter should be thicker in consistency then applesauce and I like to add juice back as needed. 1 pot and 1 mess to clean up but two different products.

  12. I just picked up 25# of an apple called No Name from one of our local farms (its a hybrid they created…hence the name No Name lol)I’m going to try out the crock pot way tomorrow so I can focus on getting my homework done while it cooks.

  13. I typically freeze and can applesauce. Would this be a recipe that I could also can? Or would you not recommend it? Thank you for any insight.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Antoinette. A heavy duty blender will work for some but not all. It should easily process apples. ~Amy

  14. Can I use ground cinnamon instead of a stick or would you advise leaving out the cinnamon if I do not have a stick of cinnamon? If it will work just as well with ground cinnamon, how much would you recommend?


    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Andrea. The lemon juice typically keeps the apples from turning terribly brown. The picture above is the color I typically get. Different apples, however, oxidize at different rates. ~Amy

  15. I used to love helping my mom make applesauce and now I enjoy doing it myself! We just quarter the apples, core and all, and drop them in a big pot with maybe a cup of water. Then we cook up until soft, and run them through an old fashioned Foley Food Mill. Keeps the skins and seeds up top, but lets all the fresh cooked sauce through the bottom. It turns bright pink and we’re only left with a little waste! So tasty! Mom makes enough every fall to freeze and last the entire year!

  16. Just made for the first time today and turned out great!! Thanks for all your hard work, this site has really helped me make changes in my family’s eating habits!