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Homemade Applesauce

September is almost here and to me that means fall is on it’s way. It’s my favorite, favorite time of year and one of the things I’m hoping to do with my kids as soon as possible is go apple picking. I grew up in Washington state–famous for apples, and it’s one of my favorite fall traditions.

I’m also hoping to stock my freezer with lots of homemade applesauce. If you’ve never made it before, it’s a lot easier than you probably imagine, and tastes amazing. Maybe make it one of your new fall traditions as well.

Homemade Applesauce


Pam @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 10 cups apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 0.5 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 0.5 cup sugar or Splenda (optional, or to taste)


Place apples, water, cinnamon, and sugar in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours or until apples are tender and easily mash. Mash with a potato masher, or puree in blender or food processor until you teach the desired consistency.

**Note: When cooking, apples tend to brown which is why cinnamon is a suggested addition. When I made the applesauce in the above photo, I chose to omit the cinnamon during the cooking processes, but as I was peeling the apples I sprinkled them with lemon juice. The acidity prevented them from browning and my applesauce cooked up yellow instead of brown.**

Freezing Directions:

Divide and place among freezer bags or containers. Seal, label, and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Serve warm or cold.

Servings: 4-6

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22 Responses to “Homemade Applesauce”

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  2. This is just in time for apple season. Big here in NC. Thanks for sharing. Come over and visit us. We have a terrific tomato pie recipe this week.

  3. Andrea says:

    Can I do something like this with Pears? I have inherited a ton and would like to make sure I don’t let them go bad. Thanks!

  4. Shannon says:

    I made this this weekend – doubled the batch and left out the sugar. It is superbly fantastic! I feel so blessed that I can feed my kiddos things like this that they love, all the while knowing that it is 100% good for them. Thanks Laura for all that you do!!

  5. […] Apples (farmer’s market) $0.30/lb (bought 40 pounds to make applesauce) […]

  6. Julie says:

    Do you have a favorite variety of apples to use? Or do you just make whatever is on sale?

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  8. Melissa says:

    I made this a “project” today for my 3 year old and I to do and he is so excited about it. Applesauce is one of those snacks that he LOVES and I don’t mind giving him and we are excited to make our own.

  9. Kathy says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try it

  10. Kathy says:

    Can you just do this in a pot if you don’t have a slow cooker, and is the amount of time to cook different?

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