Better than store-bought, this simple, easy Homemade Applesauce Recipe takes 10 minutes to make and uses fresh apples, sugar and cinnamon.
Quick and Easy Homemade Applesauce Recipe
You’ll love this old fashioned, Easy Homemade Applesauce Recipe, that takes just 10 minutes to make and you can make it as chunky or smooth as you like it.
My grandparents, back in the day, knew how to cook dishes quick and easy and this recipe for Homemade Applesauce is just that.
It’s a simple recipe that even beginner home cooks can make with little or no effort on their part.
It’s kid-friendly and one of the best recipes I know of that you can get by with or without sugar.
You can also make this recipe with just a saucepan, although you can also use a crockpot, slow cooker or even an Instant Pot, if you like.
But since it only takes 10 minutes to cook to the perfect consistency, why waste the energy on cooking something this delicious for hours, when you can have it in minutes.
How to Make Homemade Applesauce
The longest part about this recipe is peeling, slicing and coring your apples. Now to be honest, peeling is optional, because if you use a hand blender or food processor, the peels will become so minute you won’t even notice them.
Plus, the peels are healthy to eat, so why not save yourself some time and just slice and core the apples.
What you’ll love about this recipe is that it is a one pot recipe and as such, everything gets tossed into the pot and cooked.
If using a medium size pot, you’ll only need about five or so apples. What you’re looking for is to fill your pot about 3/4 of the way with apples.
Add to the pot one-half cup of granulated sugar, one-quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, and 2/3 cups of water. That’s it.
Cook at a simmer, on medium high heat for 10 minutes.
Then, turn off the heat and blend using either a stick blender, stand blender or a food processor.
Blend a little for chunkier apple sauce.
Blend a lot for smooth apple sauce.
Serve warm or chilled. Either way is delicious. Enjoy!
Best Apples for Applesauce
I have used a lot of different varieties of apples for this recipe, from sweet to tart. Keep in mind if you use tart apples, you might need to add a little more sugar. The opposite is true with sweet apples.
As for cooking down into applesauce, Apple Crisp apples seem to hold firmer when cooking, so if you like chunkier applesauce, this might be a good choice for you.
But I like to recommend trying different kinds of apples–mixing and matching–if you will. If you want to know more about this, check out my informative article: Best Apples for Eating, Cooking and Storing.
How to Store Your Homemade Applesauce
Homemade applesauce usually lasts about 4 days in the refrigerator. I wouldn’t store it longer than that.
If you want, you can freeze it in an airtight container. I recommend, drizzling a teaspoon of lemon juice over the top. That way, the applesauce will keep it’s bright color and taste even better when thawed.
You can even process or can it. But you probably will need to make a large batch of this recipe to make it worth your while. Here’s a quick video to show you how:
How to Can Unsweetened Homemade Applesauce – Croutons Crackerjacks
Did you know you can add additional ingredients to your applesauce? Try these fruit for more variety when making yours:
Recipes with Applesauce
Applesauce is versatile and can be used not only as a side dish but also in some of my favorite recipes, including:
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars – Iowa Girl Eats
- Healthy Granola Bars – Chocolate Covered Katie
- Healthy Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins – Tastes Better from Scratch
- The Best Classic Zucchini Bread Recipe – The Wholesome Dish
- Applesauce Cake Recipe – Land O’Lakes
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
- 5-6 apples peeled, sliced and cored
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 cup water
- In a medium sauce pan, add sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon and water.
- Simmer on Medium High heat for 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and blend using a stick blender, stand blender or food processor.
- Process to your favorite kind of applesauce: chunky or smooth.
- Serve warm or chilled. Enjoy!