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Easy Homemade Applesauce

This Easy Homemade Applesauce is packed with so much delicious fresh apple flavor, and it's so simple to make with just 3 ingredients!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 8 (½ cup each; recipe makes about 4 cups total)
Calories: 143kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!


  • 3 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, or white sugar
  • ½ cup water


  • Combine the apples, light brown sugar, and water in a saucepot (3-quart or larger).
  • Bring to a boil; reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender.
  • Mash the apples to your desired consistency. Note: I mash the apples by hand with a potato masher for a semi-chunky texture. For a super-smooth applesauce, you can use an immersion blender, regular blender or food processor (do in batches, if needed).
  • Taste and add more sugar, if needed.
  • Enjoy warm or chilled.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use any kind of apples!
  • The sweetness of your apples and your own personal tastes will determine how much sugar you will want to add. I always start with ½ cup and then add more at the end, if needed.
  • For non-sweetened applesauce, just omit the sugar.
  • If you want flavored applesauce (like cinnamon, for example), stir in the spices or other flavorings at the very end.
  • Since this applesauce is fresh and there are no preservatives, store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and use it within 5 to 7 days.
  • For longer storage, you can freeze it. Place cooled applesauce in freezer containers (be sure to leave some room at the top to allow for expansion) or freezer bags and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to eat it, just thaw and enjoy!
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