Healthy Teaching Kitchen: Homemade Applesauce

apple sauce in a bowlVoid of added sugar or preservatives, homemade applesauce is a healthy, wholesome snack and a great way to make use of apples that are bruised or past their prime.

Uses for Homemade Applesauce

  • Substitute for oil in recipes for pancakes, muffins, and quick breads
  • Mix into yogurt or oatmeal for fruit-based sweetness
  • Use as a topping for potato pancakes or pork chops
  • Freeze in ice pop molds to make homemade ice pops
  • Enjoy it on its own, chilled or warm

Ingredients (Makes about 10 servings)

  • 3 pounds apples
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup water


Peel all, some, or none of the apples depending on your taste and texture preference. Core the apples and cut into roughly 1-inch cubes.

Add all ingredients to a pot, partially cover, and place on the stove over high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Apples should be soft. Add more water if the apples are sticking to the pot.

Mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. A food mill, food processor, or blender can also be used to achieve an extra-smooth consistency.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 80 calories (per ½ cup serving)

Fat:  0 g
Protein: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 19 g
Fiber:  3 g
Sugars:  14 g
Sodium: 1 mg
Potassium: 145 mg

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