Easy Homemade Applesauce
6 apples, any variety*
1 tsp lemon juice
Sugar to taste
Cinnamon or apple pie spice to taste
Peel apples and cut chunks directly off the core and into a medium saucepan.
Cover the pan and cook over medium-low heat until liquid begins to gather on the bottom of the pan (about 10 minutes).
Turn heat up to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and break up easily when stirring, approximately 10-20 minutes depending on the variety of apple. Add lemon juice and stir to blend.
If smoother applesauce is desired, use a whisk or (after cooling slightly) blender to remove lumps. Add sugar and spice to taste, if desired.
*Different apples will result in subtle flavor differences. The sweeter the apple variety, the sweeter the applesauce. For this reason, I suggest you taste the finished applesauce before adding sugar or spices.
6 servings (⅓ cup), 60 calories per serving (not including added sugar)
Hack: Freeze leftovers in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months to use as a snack or in cooking/baking.
Hack: Lemon juice is used to slow down oxidation and to keep the applesauce from browning. It’s not necessary to the taste or texture of the finished product and can be left out if preferred.