fresh homemade applesauce in a white bowl.

Homemade Applesauce

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I just love this homemade applesauce recipe. It is so fresh tasting, slightly sweet with yummy cinnamon flavor, and it is incredibly easy to make with just four ingredients!

Growing up my mom would make homemade applesauce and can it, it was so nice eat it. My dad’s favorite dinner was pork chops and applesauce. Fond memories for sure! To this day I still love eating it and making applesauce at home.

Also what I love about making applesauce at home is you get to choose what apples you like. Do you like Gala, Granny Smith, Washington, Pink Lady, Fuji apples, or Honeycrisp apples the best? Can’t decide? Then you can use a mixture of some or all of them. You can use whatever variety of apples you want. And it tastes better than store-bought applesauce in my opinion.

It is so simple to make if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started with this easy recipe!

Gather the ingredients

To make homemade applesauce you only need four simple ingredients, well technically you can make it with only two, but I like to add the sugar and the cinnamon.

You will need:

  • Apples – Use your favorite kind of apple or a combination of apples. Sweet apples, tart apples, you name it.
  • Water – I always use filtered water, because my tap water tastes gross.
  • Sugar – If your apples are already really sweet you may use less sugar, and if they are tart you may want to use more, the amount is entirely up to you. You can even leave it out all together. Use white sugar or brown sugar, or something like maple syrup or honey.
  • Cinnamon – I love cinnamon, so I always add it, but you can leave it out too if you don’t like cinnamon.
Bowl of freshly made applesauce.


How to make homemade applesauce

Apple chunks, sugar, water, and cinnamon in a large pot on a wooden table.

Begin by washing, peeling, and coring the apples. You can use a simple hand peeler if you want or you can use a nifty apple corer/peeler. I recommend one if you want to make this all the time and also like making apple pie, apple crisp, or other apple dishes.

Cut the peeled apples into chunks and place them in the pot. Add the water, sugar, and cinnamon as well.

Cooking the apples

Apples being cooked in a large yellow pot on a stovetop.

Place the pot on the stovetop burner and set the heat to medium-high. Stir occasionally while the apples heat up. Once it comes to a boil, you can turn the heat down to medium-low and place a lid on the pot.

Cook the apples with a simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.

Cooked apples in pot on a stovetop.

The apples should be really soft when you are done cooking them. Some of them will even look a bit translucent. Once cooked, you can remove the pot from the heat and allow the cooked apples to cool for about 5 minutes.

Mash the apples to finish the homemade applesauce

Hand mashing cooked apples into homemade applesauce with a fork.

Now it is time to mash those apples and turn it into applesauce. There are a variety of ways that you can mash them. You can use a fork if you like. One of my favorite things to use is a potato masher.

Potato masher mashing homemade applesauce.

Or you can use an immersion blender or put it all in a blender or a food processor. It may be too much to add it all to a food processor, so I recommend doing it half at a time.

I like my homemade applesauce to be a little bit chunky, so the potato masher is perfect to make chunky applesauce. If you want it super smooth, then I recommend using one of the other techniques to create a smooth applesauce.

A white bowl of homemade applesauce.

Once you are done you can serve it warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, serve it plain, or use it in a number of dishes like this amazing applesauce muffins recipe. This is a great recipe to use up a bunch of apples you have lying around that you bought from the store or maybe you have an apple tree and don’t know what to do with all your organic apples. Enjoy!

How long does homemade applesauce last?

After the applesauce cools completely, place any leftover applesauce in a mason jar, or other airtight container with a lid and store it in the fridge for a couple of weeks, or freeze it for long-term storage.

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Here are some other recipes you may like:

Homemade Milkshake

Homemade Soft Pretzels

Easy Fluffy Pancakes

Easy Homemade Butter

Cinnamon Roll Twist Bread

Homemade Applesauce

This homemade applesauce recipe is so yummy and easy to make with just four ingredients. It comes together in about 45 minutes. Use whatever kind of apples you want! If I can do it, you can do it.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Cooling Time5 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Brunch, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: apples, easy, fruit, sweet
Servings: 7 people
Calories: 126kcal


  • Apple Corer/Peeler (optional)
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large pot with lid
  • Potato masher, fork, or immersion blender


  • 6 medium to large apples Gala, Granny Smith, Washington, etc.
  • 1 cup water 237ml
  • 1/3 cup sugar 68g (You may use less if you want)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 3g (optional)


  • Wash, peel, core, and cut the apples into chunks.
  • Add the apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon to a large pot and place it on the stovetop burner. Set the heat to medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once it boils reduce the heat to medium-low and put a lid on the top. Continue cooking for 20 to 25 minutes until the apples get soft.
  • Once the apples have cooked, some of them may look a bit translucent, that is perfect. Remove them from the heat and allow them to cool for 5 minutes. Then mash them into applesauce. Use a fork, potato masher, pastry blender, blender, food processor, or immersion blender. Keep mashing until you get the consistency you want.
  • Serve it warm, chilled, or use it in a number of other recipes. Once it has cooled completely place it in an airtight container like a mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or it can be frozen, or canned. Enjoy!


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Calories: 126kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    I can’t make this fast enough. My kids love it and have it almost every day with their lunch.

  2. 5 stars
    My mouth is watering just thinking about this. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Rachael Yerkes

    5 stars
    This is the best! So much better than anything you can get from the store. I love it!

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