Simple homemade applesauce is versatile and sooooooo easy to make! It makes a healthy snack, can be added to baked goods or served as a quick side dish!
Simple 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 apples. 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.
- **Lemon juice is used to slow down oxidation and to keep the applesauce from browning. It’s not necessary for the taste or texture of the finished product and can be left out if preferred.
- Hack: Freeze leftovers in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months to use as a snack or in cooking/baking.
Did you know? Despite the fact that over 2,500 varieties of apples are currently grown in the United States, only one variety is native to the country. Click here to find out more!
Suggestion: Use applesauce to make this simple white bread!