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Best Applesauce Recipes

Best Applesauce Recipes

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Applesauce. Good. Salsa. Applesauce salsa? Great! Although you can use homemade applesauce, store-bought, chunky applesauce makes this recipe easy to recreate. There's nothing wrong with traditional tomato based salsas. However, applesauce salsa delivers an exciting alternative. The sweet and tangy flavor profile pairs well with dishes like pork tostadas or roast.

If you're a big fan of Nutella this is the cake for you! It's very rich, decadent and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

These muffins are filled with your favorite breakfast ingredients.Recipe courtesy of the incredible egg.

Who needs the best apple pie in America when these nutritious energy bars do the trick?Courtesy of McCormick

Parfaits work well as a breakfast, snack, or dessert and the sky is your limit when it comes to choosing ingredients to layer. If you're looking for the taste of apple pie without the calories, then this applesauce parfait recipe is for you!

Feta and sweet potato pair beautifully in this dinnertime pancake recipe, which is the ultimate marriage of sweet and savory. The best part? You don't even need to roast the sweet potatoes, you just grate them right into a bowl and mix them up with the other ingredients. These pancakes taste great with some thick Greek yogurt. For more healthy recipes like this one, visit Ashley's blog, Practical Cooking For One.

I call this my "firecracker" applesauce because it has a little bit of kick to it from the serrano chiles.

Breakfast for dinner is a pretty regular thing for me — I love me some French toast or a waffle on a weeknight. This recipe happened, sort of, on accident. I was craving a burger but also French toast. Instead of choosing one or the other, I decided to make both and put them together. It was a great decision, as this burger is absolutely delicious!Click here to see Fall in Love with Breakfast Again — at Dinner.

As a young child, my first word, before "mom," "dad," or even "dog," was "apple." I had a thing for apple juice, or "appie juice," as I called it, and this passion for apples has followed me as I've grown up.For some, macaroni and cheese or shepherd's pie is considered to be comfort food. Not for me — applesauce is my food fix of choice. Served alone, still warm, with a garnish of cinnamon, is my favorite way to enjoy this seasonal treat. But, I've served it atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream, garnished with oatmeal cookie crumbs for an impromptu fruit crisp, even layering it in cookie bars and pies — or with a healthy scoop of melted peanut butter.While I left the skin on for added texture, it isn't required.Click here to see the 8 Ways to Use Apple Other Than Pie story.

After researching the art of making latkes, The Daily Meal Cook Editor felt that everyone had their own opinion on what flour and oil to use for the perfect latke, and Roger Mummert uses matzoh meal and safflower oil in his recipe. For the perfect latkes, make sure the oil is extra hot and that you don't overcrowd the pan.— The Daily Meal Cook Editors

Although this dessert can be eaten after your meal, it's also great to eat as a post-workout snack. Kristin Reisinger, a sports nutritionist and competitive figure athlete, reported in Fitness Magazine that "protein helps to repair muscle tissue and to replenish glycogen stores." Click here to see the 10 Dessert Recipes for Diabetics (Slideshow)Photo Modified: Flickr/katie

This store-bought staple is a totally unnecessary purchase. After all, it is so easy to make at home, and is guaranteed to be a lot healthier that way than anything you’ll find on the shelf. Plus, this slow cooker recipe is great for making in bulk and storing for a fresh, delicious side you can enjoy warm or cold.— Shelby Kinnaird Click here for more recipes from the Diabetic Foodie.Click here for more of the 101 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

How to Pick the Best Apples for Applesauce

Have a few extra pounds of apples from overenthusiastic little helpers on your last trip to the orchard? There&rsquos no easier way to make something delicious and wholesome out of your bounty than a batch or two of your favorite applesauce recipe. If you don&rsquot have excess apples around, but are craving some kid-friendly comfort food anyway &mdash or want to sub in your own homemade applesauce as a secret ingredient in cakes, cookies, or soup &mdash it&rsquos a good idea to know what the best apples for applesauce are before hitting the market. While they may not all be the best apples for baking if they don&rsquot hold their shape, chances are good that those apples are still worth considering for other sweet and savory fall dishes, too. Follow our tips below to make the best applesauce for all your snacking and cooking needs this fall.

Uses for Homemade Applesauce

Homemade applesauce is a healthy and delicious snack on its own. What else can you do with applesauce?

  • Serve it on ice cream like it’s an apple crisp.
  • Pile homemade applesauce onto toast with almond or peanut butter.
  • Swirl it into your oatmeal.
  • Layer applesauce between yogurt and granola for an apple parfait and people go wild. The apple crisp parfaits in my cookbook were a favorite with my recipe testers.

The Best Homemade Applesauce Recipe

Just last week I was thinking to myself, “Wow, it’s been a while since any of us have gotten sick…. now watch me completely jinx our healthy streak”. And yes I did. I jinxed it. It wasn’t but a day later that Miss E started to come down with a cold, then I got it and now Little Man has the sniffles too. Thankfully it’s nothing too horrific but enough where we want to lay low, keep some Kleenex close by and make my Grandma’s homemade applesauce recipe. You see, whenever I got sick as a kid my mom would always ask me what I wanted to eat to help me feel better, and my response was always, “My Grandma’s Homemade Applesauce”. It’s the best applesauce you have ever tasted. It’s chunky, full of flavor and just hits the spot and makes you feel all warm and cozy inside. To this day, it is one of my favorite dishes and it’s the first thing I think about when I’m not feeling well.

So today, as we officially enter into cold and flu season in our household, I thought I’d share my Grandma’s Homemade Applesauce Recipe with you. So be sure to pin it for those days when you need something to warm you up!

This recipe is one of the easiest recipes you will ever follow. After all, it only includes three ingredients. It’s just all about the little details that makes this recipe so special.

I’ve mentioned several times before that my Grandma grew up on an apple orchard in Eastern Washington and I consider her the apple expert. She knows what type of apples to use for everything and she ALWAYS uses Golden Delicious Apples for her applesauce and for baking. So naturally that’s what I did. For best results, she suggests letting your apples ripen on your counter until they start to turn a little yellow. Mine were still pretty green but the applesauce still turned out great.

For this recipe, 10 apples will yield about 2 quarts of applesauce.

Peel and core the apples and slice them evenly.

Place the apples in a large pot and then fill it with about 2″ of water. Place it on the stove on low heat (I put mine on a 3) and then let it simmer for 1-2 hours stirring about every 15-30 minutes. The apples will eventually start to form a sauce. Our family has always made this recipe with apple chunks, so we remove it from the heat while there are still some visible chunks of apple. After you remove it from the heat, sprinkle about 1 TBSP of cinnamon on top and then pack it away into a large bowl or can it for later!

Mmm this applesauce hits the spot everytime!

So this my friends is how we fight cold and flu season around our house. All we need is a big box of Kleenex, a bowl of homemade applesauce and a warm and cozy home to cuddle in.

Making applesauce requires a lot of peeling and coring. If you plan to make applesauce on a regular basis, invest in an apple corer/peeler. With the turn of a handle, it'll remove the peel and core at the same time, saving you a ton of knife work. Some models will slice the apples for you too, which is even better.

Once your apples have been peeled, cored, and chopped, you're ready to start cooking them down into a sauce. You can make your applesauce on the stove, or you can make it in a slow cooker. You may prefer the stovetop method because it allows you to make bigger batches if you're pressed for time, the slow cooker method allows you to be more hands off. Both ways work well, so it's really just a matter of choosing the one that works best for you.

If you opt to make your applesauce in a slow cooker, there's no need to add water to the pot. Just pile your apples in, add a splash of lemon juice to prevent browning, and sprinkle in any sugar or spices that you'd like. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the apples become soft enough to be mashed up. Use a potato masher for chunky sauce or an immersion blender for smooth sauce.

Apples are often plenty sweet on their own, so you may want to wait until you've tasted your finished sauce before you decide if it needs sugar. If you want sweeter sauce but are trying to limit your sugar, use sugar substitutes instead.

Healthy but Moist!

The key to getting the best Banana Applesauce Bread that doesn’t taste like health food is not over-mixing the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. To keep from over-mixing, sift your dry ingredients before adding so you only have to stir a handful of times to combine.

There are so many ways to make this low-fat Applesauce Banana Bread recipe even more healthy. Our Banana Applesauce Bread recipe uses regular all purpose flour instead of whole wheat, but you can easily swap them. Keep in mind if you use whole wheat flour your loaf will be denser and darker. For a sugar-free Banana Bread swap in honey, maple syrup, or a sugar substitute for the sugars.


Easy Banana Bread (No Mixer!)

Pumpkin Bread

Zucchini Bread

Blueberry Lemon Bread

What to serve with this quick bread:

Banana Applesauce Bread is a great recipe to mix in with heavier holiday baking. Serve it with greek yogurt and Strawberry Jam for a healthy Christmas morning breakfast. Or since you are saving on calories and fat, serve a small slice with a scoop of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream or frost your loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Apple Pie with Crunch Topping

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Here, we replace the second crust with a crunchy topping made of oats, chopped almonds, and brown sugar, providing a perfect textural counterpoint to the soft baked apples while actually bolstering the overall nutrition of the dessert. Now you can have your low calories and eat your pie, too!

Get our recipe for Apple Pie with Crunch Topping.

Why You Don’t Need Sugar in Applesauce

Apple sweetness varies in two ways. First, it’s different by type. A Gala apple is much sweeter than a Granny Smith, for example. But besides varietal, the same apple can vary in sweetness over time. That’s because as apples ripen, they become sweeter.

To show you how it can vary, the cinnamon applesauce I made below was first made with fresh-picked apples only three days old. They weren’t as sweet, so I added a touch of sugar to the recipe. However, when I made another batch about a week later, it didn’t need any sugar because the same apples became sweeter. Since, as my mom would say, it really does depend on the apples, make sure you don’t use fresh picked apples right away if you want to make this homemade unsweetened applesauce recipe. If you aren’t opposed to adding a touch of sugar, always do it last after you taste the cooked down apples.

Freezer Applesauce Recipe


6 pounds of apples &ndash it is best to use a variety of sweet apples
1 cup apple juice or apple cider
3 Tbsp of lemon juice
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)


1. First, peel, core and slice your apples into eight wedges.

2. Next, combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes. *See Instant Pot Applesauce Instructions HERE

3. Once the apples are tender, carefully puree using an immersion blender or in a food processor or blender until smooth or until desired consistency is achieved. *Be sure to complete in batches &ndash do not fill more than half full when processing the hot mixture.

Finally, when completely cool, store in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to 9-12 months.

Homemade Applesauce Recipe

If you have never made Homemade Applesauce, you are missing out!

It is one of the easiest recipes to make, and the taste is so much better than store-bought applesauce.

Although you can make it any time of the year, right now is the absolute best time to make your own applesauce.

You can&rsquot beat the taste of homemade applesauce.

The apples are ripe and ready for picking. That means that they are at their peak of natural sweetness. Therefore, you won&rsquot even need to add sugar to your applesauce!

What Apples Make the Best Homemade Applesauce?

But before you jump to the recipe, you must pick out the right apples. And although you could use any variety to make applesauce, there are some that are better than others.

In fact, it is best to use a combination of apples when making applesauce, rather than one single variety.

For the best texture, use Golden delicious apples. They have slightly less water content than other varieties. Therefore, the applesauce will hold up nicely and not be too watery.

Fresh picked apples make the best applesauce and there is no need to add sugar!

For taste, you can&rsquot beat the flavor of Fuji, McIntosh, or Cortland apples. Because these varieties are softer, they cook down perfectly. Plus their sweetness level is just right for making homemade applesauce that is sugar-free.

3 Cooking Methods

So what is the best way to cook applesauce? Ask 10 different people and you are likely to get 10 different answers.

Some people like to leave the peels on the apples, and some don&rsquot. The choice is really up to you.

Our family prefers the texture of applesauce better when we peel the apples. So to make things easier we use an apple peeler, corer, slicer to prepare the apples.

Using an apple peeler, corer, slicer makes it easy to make applesauce.

And because the apples are cut in such thin slices they cook much faster.

However, when keeping the skins on, it is best to use an apple corer/slicer. Although the wedges will be thicker, the increased cooking time required to break down the apples will also help break down the skins as well.

Now that the apples are ready, it is time to get cooking!

Here are our three favorite methods for making homemade applesauce.


The traditional method includes cooking down the apples in a large pot on the stove.

All that is required is a little water in the bottom of the pan. This helps prevent the apples from burning and sticking to the bottom.

The traditional way of making applesauce &ndash on the stovetop.

However, you don&rsquot need a lot of water. Once the apples begin to cook down, they release their natural juices, so you don&rsquot want your applesauce to end up too watery.

Slow Cooker

One of our favorite ways to make homemade applesauce is in the slow cooker.

There is nothing better than walking into the house and smelling the aroma of cooked apples filling the air.

Plus, they cook down so well that sometimes you don&rsquot even need to puree them.

Our 6 quart Crock Pot makes the perfect applesauce in about 2-3 hours. We can even program our slow cooker to turn the cooking time off but keep the applesauce warm until we get home.

Instant Pot

But the absolute fastest way to make homemade applesauce is to use an electric pressure cooker.

The absolute fastest way to make applesauce is in the Instant Pot!

With just 7 minutes of cooking time you can have applesauce on the table in less than 15 minutes!

When we are in a hurry or if we are looking for a healthy side dish to serve, this is our preferred cooking method.

However, whatever method you choose to use, do yourself a favor and take advantage of all those fresh apples this season.

Plus, applesauce freezes well and can be enjoyed for months!

If you are looking for another great apple recipe &ndash try our Easy Apple Butter!

To turn this sauce into a quick pudding fold into 300ml softly whipped double cream and layer in serving glasses with 100g crushed flapjacks.

If you’ve portioned your apple sauce into small jars or you’re storing it in an airtight container, you can store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Of course like most foods, its best to make and serve this recipe on the same day for the freshest flavour but if you’ve made ahead of time the fridge is the perfect place to preserve it. Make sure you add a dash or two of lemon juice so the apple sauce doesn’t discolour.

If you’ve made more apple sauce than you thought or you want to keep your apple sauce in portions for another day, you can freeze apple sauce. Apple sauce can be kept in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. You’ll want to defrost the apple sauce in the fridge overnight. If you let your sauce thaw in the refrigerator it should last for another 3-4 days.