An easy Homemade Apple sauce Recipe made with just 5 ingredients and set in just over 30 minutes. Prepare a big batch and enjoy this easy and delicious apple sauce recipe as a simple snack, healthy dessert, or alongside more savory dishes such a kielbasa or pork chops.

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Here’s what makes this apple sauce so great:

-It’s made with just 5 simple ingredients! (4 if you omit the sugar)
-Simply made with whatever apples you have in your kitchen
-Big-batch friendly
-and canning-friendly for long term storage
-Super easy to make
-Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free

And, if you’re like me, a person who has the tendency to impulse buy in big results, then this homemade apple sauce recipe is just what you needed!
You’ll see that I made a little note that joining sugar to this recipe is completely optional. I am a person who prefers anythings that are less sweet. Don’t get me wrong- I love ice cream and cookies (if you love apples, you’ll love these caramelized apple oatmeal cookies) and chocolate, but when it comes to apple sauce, I actually love the taste of apples its sweet so I don’t feel the need to drown the apple in sugar.

If you, on the other hand, prefer sweeter apple sauce, then I definitely recommend joining some sugar (any sugar will work, brown sugar, or white granulated sugar).


-3 lb apples (approx. 7 medium apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and chopped into shorter chunks.)
-1/2 cup water
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
-1/4 cup white sugar ((optional))
-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp salt



1/ To prepare homemade apple sauce to gather a group of apples – whichever apples you want. In almost all apple recipes I use Pink Lady Apples because they’re sharp, crispy and so pink. Essentially, the only thing that matters when picking apples. Just kidding…but, that’s how I do things.

crockpot Apple sauce

2/ Peel and core the apples. If you’re handy complete with an apple peeler, that will definitely help speed the process along. Sadly, I have never been clever enough to figure out how to use mine (true story) so I stick to my favorite paring knife. Peel and slice the peeled apples into large slices.

3/ Transfer the apples to a large pot. Join the water, lemon juice, sweetener, cinnamon, and salt, and stir to combine. You don’t need a lot of water, however, you will need approximately 1/2 cup to help steam the apples and move things along. some people use apple juice or apple cider (not apple cider vinegar rather water, but I just see that as more extra sugar, so I’ll let you decide.

4/ Take liquid to a boil, decrease heat, and cover. Now the hard part is over (since, you know, that was super hard). Allow the apples to cook for around 20-30 minutes. Your apples should be broken up, but partly intact, and very soft. Remove those sweet apples from heat.

5/ Make into apple sauce. Now, will you mash or puree your apples?


1/ Put the peeled, cored, quartered, and chopped apples in a wide pot. Mix in the 1/2 cup of water, lemon juice, sugar (if using), 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, decrease the heat to low and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid. Keep a low simmer for 30 minutes or till the apples are completely soft and cooked through.

2/ Once completely cooked, remove from heat. For chunky apple sauce, crush the apples directly in the pot using a potato masher. For smooth apple sauce, join the apples to a food processor or blender and mix till smooth (if using a blender, work in batches and allow time to cool), or use a hand-held immersion blender and mix directly in the pot.

3/ This apple sauce is delicious served warm or cold

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Easy Apple sauce Recipe
This homemade apple sauce recipe remains one of my favorite snacks. Light, healthy, and loved by all ages, apple sauce can be enjoyed year-round and is loved by all family Every time I prepare a big batch of this homemade apple sauce it’s like digging into a big slice of apple pie!

Chunky or Smooth Apple sauce?

Once your apples have prepared, now it’s time to decide- will you enjoy chunky or smooth apple sauce? Fortunately, there is no mistaken answer here. All apple sauce is good apple sauce. The desired consistency is entirely your own.

To get chunkier apple sauce, I suggest using a potato masher. For smooth apple sauce, you’ll want to process in a food processor or use an immersion blender.

What are the Best Apples For Apple sauce?

If you start investigating which apples are the best to use in apple sauce, you will encounter a million different answers. Each apple family has a different taste, texture, response to heat, color, etc. It depends on your own personal preference will likely decide which delicious apples you prefer to use.

Apple three

In general, the type of apple that is best for baking is the worst for apple sauce. For the fastest, pick softer apples and for best flavor, mix and match a few different types.

Golden Delicious (avoid Red Delicious)
Gala apples
Granny Smith apples

I would like to remark that Pink Lady Apples are my personal favorite. I use them for just about everything. Some will argue that they are too firm and not sweet complete, but I find them absolutely excellent. Mix them, match them, test each one-by-one, it is completely up to you.

How to Store Homemade Applesauce

keep leftover apple sauce stored in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container. Leftovers will keep for up to one week (sometimes a little longer) when stored correctly. Surprise your kiddos and send them to school with homemade apple sauce in one of these adorable and reusable storage pouches.

Stored apple sauce

Can I Freeze Fresh Apple sauce?

Apple sauce is absolutely freezable.To freeze homemade apple sauce, first, allow it to come to room temperature before transferring to freezer-safe storage containers (freezer bags, jars, containers with lids, etc). Transfer to the freezer for up to two months. Once thawed, do not re-freeze.

Can I Can This Apple sauce?

I get this question a lot and the answer is yes, you can definitely can this apple sauce for long-term storage using a water canning bath. As will all canning, be assured to follow the usual canning rules to avoid accidental cross-contamination.

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