How to Make Applesauce

5 from 11 votes

Learn how to make homemade applesauce from scratch using only apples, sugar and spices; it's easy, healthy & delicious for snacking or baking

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Here is a foolproof recipe for making applesauce. Homemade applesauce is simply fresh apples that have been simmered in water with sugar and spices to taste.

Bowl of homemade cinnamond applesauce

Homemade applesauce puts the cook in the driver’s seat – make it sweet, tart, spiced or plain. It’s your choice. Eat it plain or use for baking.

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Apples: Which apples make the best sauce? There are so many opinions on this! Bottom line: use what you have and like (except Red Delicious and their cousins like Envy apples. They do not cook down well.) Go tart with with Granny Smith or sweet with Galas.
  • Sugar: Any type of granular sugar – white, brown, or cane sugar will do. Honey or maple syrup can sub in, too.
  • Spices: Cinnamon is the classic. Simmer with a stick or about ½ teaspoon of ground spice. Or try any warm spice, like pumpkin spice mix, nutmeg, or cardamon.
  • Water: Used to simmer with the apples for the perfect consistency.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make homemade applesauce

Prepare the apples

  • Peel the off the apple skins.
  • Core using spoon, melon baller or corer.
  • Chop into small-ish pieces.
3 image collage to show how to prepare the apples

Cook the apples

  • Place all your ingredients into a sauce pan.
  • Stir to mix well.
  • Cover and bring to a boil then reduce to simmer.
  • The sauce is ready when the apples are soft and can easily be pierced with a knife.
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Tips for making the applesauce from scratch

  1. Choose the freshest, most flavorful apples. This will make a big difference in the texture and flavor of your homemade applesauce.
  2. Feel free to mix varieties of apples, especially if you want to blend sweet and tart apples. There’s no rule that says you only have to use one type.
  3. Be stingy with your sweetener in the beginning. Wait until the apples are cooked down and then taste and adjust to avoid over sweetening.
  4. Check for the moisture level of the applesauce. If your cooked down apple mixture seems very watery, drain a little excess water out before mashing. Some apple varieties are naturally more watery than others.

recipes with applesauce

Frequently asked questions

Can I use a blender to mix the applesauce?

You can use a regular blender or an immersion blender but pulse carefully so as not to over blend into a smooth paste unless that is what you want. Blenders allow you to cook with the nutrient-rich peel.

Does homemade applesauce freeze well?

Yes. Cool and freeze in airtight containers. As always, leave room for expansion and use within six months.

How do you fix applesauce that came out too sweet?

Always try to tailor the amount of sugar used according to whether your apples are sweet or tart. Some very fresh, sweet apples may need no sugar at all. To even out an oversweet batch, add a squeeze of lemon.

Homemade applesauce

Homemade applesauce can be eaten on its own or used in baking. Try it mixed into yogurt or cottage cheese or as a side to cooked meat.


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How to Make Applesauce

Learn how to make homemade applesauce from scratch using only apples, sugar and spices; it's easy, healthy & delicious for snacking or baking
5 from 11 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Condiments
Calories 148
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins



  • Peel the apple skin, remove the core and chop.
  • Place all of your ingredients into a sauce pot and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until the apples are soft.
  • Allow the mixture to cool, then mash with a fork and enjoy.


Storage: Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 10 days. For longer term storage it can be frozen.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen


Calories: 148kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 215mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 99IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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Bowl of homemade cinnamond applesauce

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