Applesauce Recipes

Homemade applesauce is delicious and easy to make. Find recipes to for the stove top, as well as no-cook and freezer versions.

Staff Picks

Blushing Applesauce

Rating: 4.5 stars
This applesauce is a pretty shade of pale pink because the apples are cooked in their skins.

Chunky Cinnamon-Orange Applesauce

Rating: 4.67 stars
A must-have recipe for the Jewish holidays or any time! Not to mention it's the perfect counterpart to your favorite potato latke recipe! Serve warm or chilled.

Rosy Strawberry Rhubarb Applesauce

Rating: 5 stars
This delicious applesauce combines the best of both sweet apples and tangy rhubarb. If you don't have the rhubarb, you can substitute frozen cranberries instead. It is great for freezing, canning, or just eating as soon as it is prepared, warm or cold. Everyone who tries it loves it. It makes great gifts in decorative canning jars!

Instant Pot® Easy Maple Syrup Applesauce

Rating: 4.92 stars
Make this fall-inspired, homemade cinnamon and maple syrup-flavored applesauce in your Instant Pot® with just a few basic ingredients.


Rating: 4.68 stars
An easy, quick applesauce recipe. I have doubled it and canned it so we always have some on hand. My family loves it.

Slow Cooker Cider Applesauce (No Sugar Added)

Rating: 4.66 stars
This spicy applesauce requires no added sugar because the apples and spices are sweet enough on their own. The smell of the apples cooking with the spices makes the entire house smell like apple cider!

No Cook Applesauce

Rating: 4.5 stars
Yummy applesauce for the whole family. This serving size is for a crowd so you might want to make it smaller. Everyone will love it.

Applesauce for the Freezer

Rating: 4.93 stars
There is nothing better than homemade applesauce with hand-picked apples, and it is so easy to do! If you want chunky applesauce, use a potato masher to mash the cooked apples. If you prefer smooth apple sauce, run the cooked apples through a food mill. The key is adding a few strips of lemon peel to the apples while cooking. The lemon heightens the apple flavor. Make sure you use a good cooking apple like Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein. Ready to serve as soon as you're done, either hot or refrigerated. Delicious with vanilla ice cream or vanilla yogurt. Freezes easily, lasts up to one year in a cold freezer.

Instant Pot® Pear-Applesauce

Rating: 5 stars
Apples mixed with pears make a sweet dessert or snack without any added sugar. Using an electric pressure cooker cuts down on time and seals in the nutrition.

Slow-Cooker Apple Raspberry Sauce

Rating: 4 stars
A recipe I always keep on hand. It has proven addicting and has replaced desserts after meals for me. I even put it in my hot cereal.

Easy Cranberry Applesauce

Rating: 4.38 stars
This bright pink applesauce is simple enough for a weeknight supper and festive enough for special occasions. It's a favorite with my family and friends and looks fabulous at a Christmas dinner! You can substitute Splenda® for the sugar.

Apple-Plum Sauce

A sweet twist on applesauce that tastes delicious and gives you plenty of fiber!

Inspiration and Ideas

Sarah's Applesauce
Rating: Unrated
"I've made this three times, and it's gone within 24 hours! So good!" – TRL66
Willis Farm Applesauce
Rating: Unrated
"Easy applesauce recipe that uses the spicy cinnamon flavor of Red Hots®. The color is fun too!" – JenG

Spiced Slow Cooker Applesauce

Rating: 4.6 stars

This easy and delicious spiced applesauce slow cooks to perfection. My kids and I came up with this recipe one fall weekend. It's a family favorite.