Learn the easiest way to make a batch of Homemade Applesauce, with six flavor options, in less than 30 minutes. It’s delicious, versatile, and easy to store for future meals and snacks.

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Homemade Applesauce

I sometimes buy applesauce pouches and jarred applesauce at the store, but when apples are in season and I can get them for a low price, making applesauce at home is a favorite option. This method, which involves simply simmering diced apples until soft on the stove, is fast and delivers consistently great results.

You can store it in a jar in the fridge to serve as a side or snack, or you can portion it into reusable pouches for the kids.

It also works on its own, or you can try one of the yummy flavor combinations I have including cinnamon, strawberry, peach, vanilla, and maple.

(The jars shown above are from WeeSprout.)

Ingredients You Need

To make this applesauce recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients.

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  • Apples: You can use any apple you like for this, though ones that taste good fresh will have the best flavor here. You can do a combination of apple types, too, just know that they may not cook at exactly the same rate (so you might need to cook a little longer).
  • Optional: You can add a little lemon juice to boost the flavor. You can add cinnamon, a handful of strawberries or peaches, some vanilla extract, or maple syrup as you like to vary the flavor. All of those are optional. The base recipe is for classic applesauce.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the method involved in making this apple recipe. Scroll to the end of the post for the specifics.

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  1. Peel the apples (if peeling), and dice into even pieces. (More or less!)
  2. Add to a pot with the water and bring to a simmer.
  3. Cover and cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Stirring will help the apple break down. You can also mash with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
  4. Serve or store, or puree more smoothly.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best apple for homemade applesauce?

Our favorite apples include Pink Lady, Granny Smith, MacIntosh, Opal, Envy, and Golden Delicious.

How long will homemade applesauce last?

You can store it in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Or, freeze it in a freezer-safe container, ice cube trays, or reusable pouches, for up to 12 months.

Why do you put lemon juice in applesauce?

Lemon juice can brighten the flavor and keep the color of applesauce a little lighter. It is not necessary for either of those things though.

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Applesauce Flavor Variations

Here are some easy ways to customize the flavor of this applesauce for your family.

  • Cinnamon Applesauce: Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the finished applesauce.
  • Strawberry Applesauce: Replace 1 cup of apples with 1 cup of strawberries and prepare the recipe as directed.
  • Peach Applesauce: Replace 1 cup of apples with 1 cup of peaches and prepare the recipe as directed.
  • Vanilla Applesauce: Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to the finished applesauce.
  • Maple Applesauce: Add 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup to the finished applesauce.

How to Store

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer, once fully cooled, in a freezer-safe container or in an ice cube tray or reusable pouches.

Let thaw in the fridge before serving.

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Best Tips for Success

  • Use apples that taste good fresh for the best flavor.
  • You can mix apple types, just know they may not cook at exactly the same rate. (So you may need to cook a little longer.)
  • Stir a few times during cooking to help the apples cook evenly.
  • If the applesauce is boiling rapidly when the pot is covered, turn down the heat slightly. You want it to simmer to avoid it cooking too quickly or burning.
  • Use one of the options to vary the flavor.
  • Serve in a bowl with a spoon or in a reusable pouch.
  • Here’s information on how to can fresh applesauce.

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Favorite Homemade Applesauce

Learn the easiest way to make a batch of Homemade Applesauce, with easy flavor options, in less than 30 minutes. It's delicious, versatile, and easy to store for future meals and snacks.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Baby Food, Snack
Calories 157kcal
Servings 6 -8 (makes about 4 cups)

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds apples (8-9 medium apples, about 9 cups diced apples)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

Instructions

  • Wash, dry, and peel the apples. Discard the peel and core. Roughly chop into 1-inch pieces.
  • Add to a medium pot with 1½ cups water.
  • Set over medium heat and bring to a simmer and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until the apples are breaking down and soft. (If the mixture is rapidly boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low.)
  • Stir in the cinnamon and lemon juice if using. Turn off heat.
  • Mash with a potato masher or with the back of a wooden spoon. Or, let cool slightly and puree with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to blend very smooth. (If using a regular blender, allow some steam to escape as you blend to avoid an explosion.)
  • Serve or store.

Notes

  • Cinnamon Applesauce: Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the applesauce.
  • Strawberry Applesauce: Replace 1 cup of apples with 1 cup of strawberries and prepare the recipe as directed.
  • Peach Applesauce: Replace 1 cup of apples with 1 cup of peaches and prepare the recipe as directed.
  • Vanilla Applesauce: Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to the finished applesauce.
  • Maple Applesauce: Add 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup to the finished applesauce.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer, once fully cooled, in a freezer-safe container or in an ice cube tray or reusable pouches. Let thaw in the fridge before serving.
  • Use apples that taste good fresh for the best flavor.
  • Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for brighter flavor.
  • You can mix apple types, just know they may not cook at exactly the same rate. (So you may need to cook a little longer.)
  • Stir a few times during cooking to help the apples cook evenly.
  • If the applesauce is boiling rapidly when the pot is covered, turn down the heat slightly. You want it to simmer to avoid it cooking too quickly or burning.
  • Serve in a bowl with a spoon or in a reusable pouch.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 157kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 324mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 163IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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