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This past weekend I brought home a bag of apples from the Farmer's Market only to discover I had a bag of apples sitting on the counter.  Homemade applesauce it is!  I don't really know how to make applesauce, but figured that it couldn't be too hard.  I knew that I wanted to use my crockpot and minimal ingredients, so I set out to look for a great applesauce recipe.

It turns out that they are pretty much all the same.  Apples, sweetener, water, heat, BOOM!  Applesauce.  With this knowledge, I set out to create my own recipe for applesauce and see how it turned out.  Friends, this sauce is legit.  I will admit that I used a bit too much cinnamon (I LOVE cinnamon), but it is still delish and the kids love it.

First, I washed, peeled, and sliced my apples.  This step took the longest, but I was excited so that kept me motivated.

Then, I threw them in the crock pot along with water, cinnamon, lemon juice, and honey.  I set the crock pot to high, covered it, and came back 4 hours later.  The house smelled amazing!  I mashed it all up in the pot with a big spoon.  In hindsight a potato masher would have made the job easier.

All of these apples made a quart of applesauce.  It is delicious both cold and warm, and frankly, it is almost gone.  So, if you have apples on hand, give this a shot.  A simple recipe, few ingredients, and incredible flavor make this applesauce a “repeater” in our house!


Homemade Applesauce
Yields 1
  1. 16 small apples, washed, peeled and chopped
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon (I used a full tablespoon in my first attempt)
  4. The juice of half a lemon
  5. 1/4 to 1/3 cup honey
  1. Chop up your apples and throw all of your ingredients into crockpot.
  2. Set your crockpot on high for four hours.
  3. Enjoy!
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11 Comments on “Homemade Applesauce”

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    Yum!! I have been making this almost weekly for the past 2 months (clearly we are an applesauce loving family) & am still shocked how easy it really is! I use a little maple syrup instead but will try it with honey next time. The 1st time I mashed it with a fork but my kids do not like it as chunky so the next time I tried the VitaMix-way too powerful. The food processor is just right if your kids like the consistency more like what you’d buy at the store.

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    Love making applesauce too! It’s do easy and tasty. A fun seasonal addition is apple cranberry sauce. Just add fresh cranberries to sliced apples, water and sweetener. Just the right mix of sweet and tangy!

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    Sounds yummy. I have always left peels on and use a food mill but am open to using the crockpot. Next step…make your own apple butter….will take a little longer but boy is it good!

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    I have made this twice so far this month using local apples and it is delicious! I also used the food processor to create a smoother texture. For the first batch, I peeled the apples and for the second batch, I left the peels on. After processing, the taste and texture were the same for both batches. Thanks for the simple and awesome recipe! 🙂

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    this looks really delicious….but just out of curiosity, what is applesauce for? how can i use it?

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        My son has always loved applesauce and eats it as a healthy snack during the day and at night before bed.

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