Sarah's Homemade Applesauce


This applesauce recipe is simple to make and delicious! I make it for my younger brother all the time and he loves it — and he hates canned applesauce!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

Making applesauce at home is easier than you think. Trust us: This wildly popular applesauce recipe will quickly become a go-to in your household. 

How to Make Applesauce

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics of making perfect homemade applesauce:

Applesauce Ingredients

Make this top-rated applesauce recipe with just four ingredients: 

  • Apples: Four apples will make about four servings of applesauce. 
  • Water: You’ll need about ¾ cups of water to cook the apples. 
  • Sugar: White sugar sweetens things up. 
  • Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon lends welcome warmth. 

Best Apples for Applesauce

The best apples for applesauce are whatever apples you have on hand and need to use up. However, if you have a choice, we recommend using a combination of sweet and tangy varieties for the best flavor. Popular sweet varieties include Honeycrisp and Fuji, while popular tangy varieties include Granny Smith and Braeburn. 

How to Make Homemade Applesauce

Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the apples are soft, then mash the (cooled) apples with a fork until you’ve reached the desired consistency. That’s it! Find the full, step-by-step applesauce recipe with detailed instructions below. 

Related: What's the Difference Between Applesauce and Apple Butter?

What to Serve With Applesauce

For a classic and impressive dinner, pair your applesauce with our Easy Baked Pork Chops. It also works well alone as a delicious and healthy breakfast or snack. 

How to Store Applesauce

Allow the applesauce to cool, then transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

How to Can Applesauce

To preserve your homemade applesauce for up to a year, consider canning it at home. Check out our Canning How-To Guide for detailed instructions. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“Wow, was this good,” raves Lindsay. “I followed the recipe. I used Granny Smith apples which worked really well. Served slightly warm and was really amazing! Hadn’t made homemade applesauce before, but I definitely will again!”

“I've been making this recipe for about 10 years now,” says one Allrecipes community member. “It is the only recipe I will use. I buy a bag of Granny Smith apples, peel them, chop them, and cook them as directed. I do add more cinnamon in the recipe because I love cinnamon. I freeze it in serving-size portions. Excellent recipe.”

“Simple is often the best,” according to Phaedra Conaway. “I used McIntosh apples, but didn't peel them. It gave the applesauce more texture, color, and nutrition.”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped

  • ¾ cup water

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan; cover and cook over medium heat until apples are soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. Allow apple mixture to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher until it is the consistency you like.

    Sarah's Applesauce
    Photo by cookin'mama. cookin mama

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

121 Calories
0g Fat
32g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 121
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 150mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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