Ready to give up store bought applesauce for good? You can make perfectly spiced applesauce with zero preservatives and – most importantly – no refined sugars, right from the comfort of your home kitchen. Making applesauce from scratch is a much simpler process than you might expect. With only five ingredients and a bit of prep, making this wholesome Homemade Applesauce recipe is easy as pie.
Whether you begin with peeled apples or just quartered them is up to you. This flexible apple sauce recipe can take on a variety of flavors depending on the apples you choose. Use Golden Delicious apples for a mellow flavor with a sweet finish. Try Honeycrisp apples for a subtly tart flavor or Gala apples for very sweet applesauce.
This Applesauce recipe makes a great mid morning pick me up or as a nice after school snack and goes great with our recipe for Grilled Pork Chops.
This homemade applesauce is ready in less than an hour.
- 4 lbs. quartered apples (like Golden Delicious, Gala, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, or Jonathan), cored
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 3 to 4 1-inch strips lemon peel
Place apples, water, cinnamon, lemon juice, and lemon peel in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes, or until apples are soft.
Remove lemon peel. Mash until applesauce is desired texture.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.