Homemade Applesauce– Sweet and Tart–Not Diet and Diet

photo (42) photo (40) photo (39) photo (38)I love apple season and what better use for all those apples but applesauce? It’s great by itself, with meat, poultry,  over ice cream , yogurt or pancakes,  in muffins, any time you feel like applesauce.  Easy shopping list, most ingredients you probably have in the house. If you’d like you can add a pinch of nutmeg or allspice. A little butter or maple syrup is also a good thought. I used a little bit of maple syrup ( maybe 1/4 cup) . Play around with flavors. Quick prep time , very easy to make, 3 lbs. will probably serve around 6 – 8 people. Cook Time is about 1/2 hour.

This is the obvious more fattening way to go, I also wrote up a more diet conscious recipe for those looking to cut calories and it’s on this page as well. It is obviously more tart than the sweet one, you can add a little sugar-free maple syrup if you’d like.

Your kitchen will smell glorious. Enjoy!

Pantry ingredients:

Lemon, Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Allspice, Butter, Nutmeg.

Shopping List:

Apples, Apple Juice or Apple Cider


3 lbs. apples , peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices (any kind you have) I had Macintosh in the house and just used them

1/2 cup Apple Juice or Apple Cider

Juice of 1 Lemon, a small regular lemon is fine

1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon, more or less to taste

*1/4 cup of pure maple syrup, you can use sugar-free maple syrup

*1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

*1/2 teaspoon Allspice


Combine all ingredients in a large enough pot and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes, till apples break down. Now I like a chunky applesauce and it broke down so beautifully in 1/2 hour, I just mashed with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon.  If you’d like it smooth and not chunky puree it in food processor. It really broke down so beautifully a few mashes with a masher and it was perfect for a chunkier like consistency.

Store in the fridge.  Will keep for a week or two. Joel ate it all the next day so that was the end of that.


Diet Version of Homemade Applesauce:


12 medium apples, peeled cored and sliced (use whatever kind you have on hand)

2 sticks cinnamon if no cinnamon sticks , sprinkle ground cinnamon over apples.


Place apples and cinnamon in a large Pyrex type dish with a lid or cover with aluminum foil.

Bake covered at 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours

Allow to cool slightly and remove cinnamon sticks.

Crush apples with a potato masher until sauce is consistency that you like .

Serve with Latkes.


2 responses to “Homemade Applesauce– Sweet and Tart–Not Diet and Diet

  1. Do you use the lemon juice with apple cider vinegar?

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