Homemade Applesauce Recipe

This applesauce recipe is so simple to make and uses only two ingredients! Such a versatile recipe, the whole family loves this applesauce!

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When Little Buddy was a little squirt, this applesauce was one of his favorite things that I made and fed him. You see, he had terrible colic as a baby that the pediatricians never diagnosed as colic, but every mother to which I described how he cried would say, “he’s colicky.” We spent our nights in a recliner so that I could hold him in an elevated position with a warm towel on his tummy. It was the only way he could sleep, so we rocked and snuggled and warmed and rewarmed towels.

I’m not complaining. During those evenings, I snuggled him, counted his eyelashes one by one, memorized every feature of his sweet little face, nuzzled his hair, and prayed for him. I had him all to myself during those wee hours and I think those nights were some of the most important as a new mother. I learned more in those all nighters than I ever did in the classes before he was born. And other than never wanting him to be uncomfortable, and bemoaning the creation of permanent dark circles under my eyes, those are nights for which I am thankful I was able to experience. And then, as if a miracle happened, we both slept through an entire night and then another and another.

So, you can understand that as he began eating foods, I took the utmost care to make sure I knew every little thing that was in his food. I was hyper focused on it, some would say. Ha!

Thankfully, he absolutely loved this applesauce. With only two ingredients, it is simple to prepare and have ready in minutes. Naturally sweetened from the apples, I do not add any sugar to my applesauce. Of course, you can if you’d like your applesauce sweeter and you can also customize it with additional spices and flavors if you like.

Homemade Applesauce Recipe from addapinch.com

Here’s my homemade applesauce recipe.

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Homemade Applesauce Recipe

This applesauce recipe is so simple to make and uses only two ingredients! Such a versatile recipe, the whole family loves this applesauce!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 1 1/2 quarts
Calories: 0
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 6 large apples 3 sweet apples and 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  • 1/2 cup water apple juice, or apple cider


  • Slice apples into wedges and add to a large Dutch oven. Add apple juice or apple cider and simmer on low until apples are easily mashed with the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and place in a food processor or blender and process until the applesauce reaches the consistency you prefer.


for the sweet apples, use your favorite sweet eating apple, such as SweeTango, HoneyCrisp
Optional Add-ins:
to sweeten: add 1/4 - 1/2 cup brown sugar as you add your apples to the Dutch oven.
Cinnamon Applesauce: add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon as you add your apples to the Dutch oven.
Apple Pie Applesauce: add 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice as you add your apples to the Dutch oven.

Robyn xo


10 comments on “Homemade Applesauce Recipe”

  1. There is no store bought applesauce that tastes as good as homemade. I loved the story about your little boy. I had one with colic and I think I went 2 months without sleeping.

    Your applesauce photo is SO inviting!

  2. My husband and myself love applesauce so I’ll definitely be making this – it sounds delicious.
    I enjoy reading (and printing) so many of your recipes. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us, the foodies and homemakers out here in cyber land :).

  3. I think store bought applesauce tastes like crap. Just like store bought soup. I am not sure what they have to do to it to get it passed regulations, but it takes the flavor out. Darling darling loving story about your baby. There isn’t a parent reading this who won’t know exactly what you are talking about, nodding their head as they are reading.

  4. I love homemade applesauce, this looks wonderful!

  5. I would definitely buy your cookbook series if you had one!!! So glad I found your Blog! Thank you!!

  6. Just went to the orchard! I cannot wait to make this applesauce!

  7. I make applesauce often. I use Royal Gala apples. I peel,core and slice the apples. I spread the apples onto s cookie sheet pan and roast at 350 till soft. You can sprinkle with cinnamon. Once they are soft you can process to desired consistency in a food processor. No sweetener added.

  8. I can my applesauce like this. If I want any seasoning I will put it on when I open a jar. I just heat it for a minute or so that way the seasoning can blend. I do this because the apples are fresh. Nothing better than a fresh apple off the tree.

  9. This is so amazing. I’ve been there. I’m going to make a bunch of applesauce and freeze some and can some.

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