Applesauce Recipe

Make delicious applesauce at home! Make chunky or smooth applesauce with this simple recipe. Naturally sweetened with maple syrup or honey to taste.

– 1 ½ pounds Gala apples (or any other variety of sweet red apple, about 4 medium) – 1 ½ pounds Granny Smith apples (or Golden Delicious, about 4 medium) – ⅓ cup water – 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey, more to taste – 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon – 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Step 1


Cut peeled, cored apples into 2" chunks. Apple chunks, water, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a medium Dutch oven or large stainless steel saucepan. Cover the mixture over medium heat.

Step 2

Simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and falling apart, 15–20 minutes. Remove the pot from heat. A potato masher, sturdy spatula, or wooden spoon breaks up chunky applesauce.

Step 3

Process applesauce for smoothness. Mix in vinegar. Add maple syrup (2 tablespoons), cinnamon, or vinegar to taste.

Step 4

Serve warm or chilled; let leftover applesauce cool before covering and refrigerating. Leftover applesauce lasts a week in the fridge or months in the freezer.

See Also

Simple Gluten-Free Apple Crisp Recipe