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Homemade applesauce

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Source: Adapted and modified from Cook Like Your Grandmother and Simply Recipes.

3 large apples (refer to note 1)
½ cup sugar or lesser (I mixed light brown sugar with coarse grain sugar) (refer to note 2)
2 tsp lemon juice (refer to note 3)
4 strips of julienned lemon rinds/ lemon zests
½ cinnamon stick (optional) (refer to note 4)


  1. Peel and core the apples.
  2. Quarter the apples.
  3. Dice the apple pieces into cubes, about ½ inch or less.
  4. Put in a large pot, with just enough water to almost cover the first layer of apple pieces.
  5. Add the sugar and lemon juice. Stir to coat everything.
  6. Add in lemon peel and cinnamon stick.
  7. Bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are dark golden brown and all the liquid is cooked off.
  8. If you want a chunky applesauce, use a potato masher to lightly crush everything.
  9. If you want a smooth applesauce, blend it with a food processor.
  10. Store it in an airtight container. Keep it in the fridge (2-3 weeks) or freeze it. It can be served warm or cold.


  1. Select apples based on your personal preference.
  2. Adjust the amount of sugar according to your personal taste bud and the sweetness of your apples. You can also use raw or white sugar.
  3. Lemon juice is used to enhance the flavour and balance the sweetness of the applesauce. If you are using less sugar, you may need to reduce the lemon juice too.
  4. You can substitute cinnamon sticks with a pinch of ground cinnamon at the end of the cooking process.

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  1. Good for my family morning breakfast, put on toast, yummy!

  2. Pei-Lin says:

    LK, I love applesauce. Have made it for countless times. I like a touch of cinnamon in mine, but mine has no lemon juice, and I always use tart apples like Granny Smiths for mine. My fave way to serve it? With plain and sometimes, Greek yogurt! Yummy! Wait till I post mine up on my blog. Haven’t done so. But it’s on my Flickr page for a long time! Haha! What to do … Haiz … No time ar …

    Take care!

  3. pikachiu says:

    hi, how long can the sauce be kept in fridge?

    • food-4tots says:

      Pikachiu: It can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 weeks (even though I have tried it for up to a month). In case you find mold inside the sauce before the suggested period, then please discard it immediately. 😉

  4. LK, I didn’t know either! Your applesauce looks and sounds gorgeous, must try it one day since I have yet to try making my own 🙂 Your kid is so lucky to have you his very own nutritionist!

  5. Scrumptious apple sauce, versatile for making desserts or savory dishes.

  6. Angeline says:

    It looks so delicious, i feel like making one for my son who has just recovered from stomach virus too (he has been vomiting for a week). but lemon peel means what?

    • food-4tots says:

      Angeline: Thanks!! Hope it suits your son’s palate. It refers to strips of lemon rind. You can see it from the step by step photo. Sorry for the confusion. 😉

  7. Alice says:

    Wow! You are such a thoughtful Mom! This applesauce looks so delicious, I believe it must be appetizing on bread. 🙂

  8. peachkins says:

    Oh I am bookmarking this for baby #2..haha

  9. lena says:

    just today i was looking at a cupcake recipe that uses applesauce and before i google that, i saw that in your post title. i shall keep this recipe for future use, so useful!

  10. MaryMoh says:

    Thans for sharing the health benefits about apples. I remember my mom used to feed steamed apples to my little brother. Love your apple sauce.

  11. Ching @ LCOM says:

    American loved to make applesauce but it’s not quite my thing.

  12. jamie says:

    just a thought –

    maybe save the diarrhea discussion for a non-food related post. to use it in the first line of a recipe post is just WRONG.

  13. tigerfish says:

    This is very good info. for kids and adults. I love the idea of applesauce on toast. The only fresh fruit I have put on toast to-date is avocado. Yes, scoop super-ripe avocado, mash them up, serve on toast. Cinnamon is also good for regulating blood sugar in the body.

  14. Kim Burak says:

    I have always made applesauce for my son ’cause he loves it so much. I found a new way which we love and gives so much flavor & less mess (always good). Line a cookie sheet with foil (shiny side up), core and then cut apples in half (skins on), turn cut side down and bake @ 350 degrees for 40 minutes(turning pan halfway through baking). Remove skins (so easy)and add sugar, cinnamon and any other flavors you like. i find less sugar is required as baking naturally sweetens the apples more. Super easy :- )

  15. Laurel says:

    This looks delicious and perfect for my kids! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight over at

  16. sandra says:

    wow! I never knew this! thanks for sharing!

    What I cook for my little girl when she has diarhoea is chicken and apple porridge (came up with this idea when she was younger and only having porridge. Didnt wanna give her apple puree since we already moved on from puree, so i throw apple chunks into the porridge and it turned out to be a good move! YUMMY!

    • food-4tots says:

      Sandra: Thanks! It’s my pleasure to share. Love your chicken and apple porridge!! I have never thought of using apple in porridge. How creative you are! 😉

  17. Little Inbox says:

    Oh, just learnt how nutritious it is. Hope your son feeling better now.

  18. My husband loves to eat spaghetti with applesauce…this would be right one for him.

  19. Cooked apples is good for diarrhoea?? Didn’t know that! Thanks for the tip.

  20. noobcook says:

    nothing beats home-made sauce. recently the organic red delicious from US are on sale, this looks like a great recipe to put them to good use.

  21. Kelly says:

    Hello!! I just made applesauce just now as my son have diarrheoa today, its really simple to make:) mine turn out to be like apple puree in the end so i din even need to mash, hee.. Tks so much for sharing the benefits of this 🙂 gonna add some to his dinner as well and i hope he likes it 🙂 and im gonna make this as often as i can 🙂

  22. Marietta says:

    I make applesauce for my grandson and family with macoun apples. Using this sweeter apple, there is no need for sugar. we eat so much sugar in everything else, its nice to find a sweet apple that you can make applesauce with and leave the sugar out and have a delicious treat.

    • food-4tots says:

      Marietta: Yup, I totally agree with you. It’s definitely the best way to eat healthily. So sad that there are’t any macoun apples available in the current market :(.

  23. Banu says:

    Awesome. Thank you for posting it. The only problem is to find someone to make it for me . Too sick. But will try. Thanks again.

  24. lizi says:

    Can i add honey or agave instead of sugar? My son is 21 months so honey is ok

  25. Stef says:

    Which are your preferred apples to make this sauce?

  26. Minnie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I was googling for applesauce recipe for my teen who is down with stomach flu. Am sure she will love this w toast. The recipe looks easy enough.

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