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Quick and Easy Homemade Applesauce Recipe

Updated on August 9, 2017
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Stephanie Bradberry is an educator herbalist, naturopath, and energy healer. She loves being a freelance writer and whipping up recipes.

Applesauce cooking
Applesauce cooking | Source

Recently, a friend gave me a bag of McIntosh apples. While I love apples, I was not sure how my family was going to make great use out of so many of the same variety. My husband voted for making a pie. Of course that meant I would have to take quite a bit of time preparing for it, getting extra ingredients like lemon, and then baking it. Too much work and time. So after my son and daughter had their fill of eating quite a few straight up, I simply peeled, cut in quarters, and cored the remaining apples. They were then placed in a zip lock bag until I figured out what to do.

Finally, it hit me…applesauce. Being fall, this idea should have come to mind much sooner. I surfed the internet to see if making homemade applesauce was easier than the alternatives. It took nothing at all to find “Sarah’s Applesauce” recipe. While this recipe was simple, I made some adjustments to suit my purposes, for example, the number of apples and the type and amount of sweetener.


  • 5 medium apples
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Chopped apples
Chopped apples | Source
Prepped apples
Prepped apples | Source


1.Peel, core, and rough chop apples

2.Add apples, water, honey, and cinnamon to a pot

3.Cook on medium-high heat until apples are tender, about 6-8 minutes depending on variety

4.Mash the apples to desired texture

5.Let cool in pot for 15 minutes

Measured apple sauce
Measured apple sauce | Source

End Notes

  • The end result is an applesauce that is not laden with preservatives and sugar. The taste is bright and fresh. For this recipe it was great that the variety was McIntosh. They are sweet with a little tang, almost like a cross between a Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. To me, McIntosh apples are like a more economical Honeycrisp apple.
  • The original recipe called for four apples, but since I had so many apples, I upped the amount to five. I kept the amount of water the same though. I wanted a chunkier applesauce that would let you know it was homemade. The cut apples measured about 4 ½ cups. The amount once it was cooked was 2 1/3 cups.
  • In the original recipe, a quarter cup of white sugar was used. I switched to honey and a lesser amount to reduce the amount of sugar while using a more natural source of sweetness. If you also opt for honey, you can lightly coat your measuring spoon with oil so it will slide off easier.
  • Once you have your applesauce, you can try your hand at one of the recipes featured to the right!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Ipanfil, I bet that sure tastes good.

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      lpanfil 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Yum. My neighbor makes applesauce from organic apples.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      RTalloni, no problem. I was a little skeptical at first that making homemade applesauce would be this easy. But I'm glad I gave it a try because if I am ever in a pinch and need more applesauce (not readily available in a container), I can whip this up in no time and it will taste much better.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Nothing like homemade applesauce! Thanks for the recipe. :)

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      I'm glad it worked well for you. I was amazed how fresh it tasted when I made it.

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      cjcarter 6 years ago

      Delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      You are welcome. I hope it turns out well for you! Mine tasted really good.

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      cjcarter 6 years ago

      I'll try this recipe now! Thanks for the info!