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Homemade Chunky Applesauce (with Cinnamon)

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Homemade applesauce is so easy you may never go back to store bought applesauce again! Apples provide their own sweetness and create such a delicious side dish that is perfect for the holiday season menu.

And when you make your own, you can have chunky applesauce or thinner (great for babies!).

bowl of homemade applesauce next to a spoon.

Why you will love this Applesauce Recipe

Tons of apple varieties mean tons of flavor combinations: Fall is apple season, and there is never a better time of the year to make sure you have all your recipes ready to go apple picking.

Even if you are not lucky enough to have an orchard near you, most farmers’ markets and local groceries have tons of apple varieties that help make simple homemade applesauce easy and a treat.

Texture variations: No matter whether you want a simple old-fashioned chunky and rustic applesauce or a thin sweet version that is perfect for kids, you can mash or use a food processor to the consistency of your liking.

As a side dish, we like slight pieces of fresh apples or even the smooth taste that you get from the jarred variety, but as a topping for ice cream, we leave it nice and thick and FULL of apples.

Ingredients

For the best applesauce, you really only need a few ingredients for a much more natural and healthier alternative to preservatives.

  • Gala apples – There really are a ton of great apple types to use in applesauce like this. While we prefer the sweeter Gala apple, the flavor profile is up to you. I have listed an entire list of apples that work great in the information box below.
  • ground cinnamon – Cinnamon and apples are as common peanut butter and jelly and work great for the traditional taste you are looking for. That being said, you can use other spices like allspice, nutmeg or even pumpkin pie spice to change the overall taste.

Expert Cooking Tips

Slice apples into thin slices: I use an apple slicer and get eight slices, and then I take a knife and cut those pieces into even thinner slices. This helps to cut down on the cooking time, and I highly recommend it.

Kitchen products that make you a pro: Apple Slicer, Potato Masher, Food Processor (if serving smooth)

How to make Applesauce on the Stove

Make sure to check out the printable recipe card for full step-by-step instructions and ingredients.

  1. Peel and slice apples and add apples into a saucepan. If you make your apple slices too chunky, it takes a lot more simmering to make them mashable. You can peel them and slice them down into thin slices for a faster cooking time. 
  2. Add water to a saucepan.
  3. Add ground cinnamon to the saucepan. Mix together.
  4. Heat apples over medium-low until mixture begins to boil, which is usually very quickly, 2-3 minutes. If you walk away, you may burn the bottom of your apples because once on heat, that water goes quickly. Cover your apples and reduce heat to simmer. Cook apples for about 20 minutes or until apples are tender and mushy.
step by step image collage of how to make homemade applesauce.
  1. Mash apples with a potato masher until desired consistency – leaving as chunky applesauce or thinning out with a food processor if preferred.
  2. Stir in brown sugar and serve!

Makes 2 cups of applesauce and tastes delicious served over ice cream and with some candied pecans for crunch.

FAQ’s

Can you Freeze homemade Applesauce?


You can freeze homemade applesauce! Typically your fresh applesauce will last about 7-10 days in the fridge, but usually, there is so much leftover that you do not want to waste!

You can also freeze your homemade applesauce and keep it for about two months in a freezer. Simply store safely and freeze and then let thaw in your fridge when you are ready to eat. Once defrosted, you should eat within a few days.

 Is this applesauce good for babies?


This recipe works fine for babies, although some parents may want to keep the brown sugar out.
Just be careful of too many chunks, and it’s recommended to add your cooled ingredients to a food processor to ensure no choking pieces before serving your fresh homemade applesauce to a baby or child.

Can the sugar be left out of the applesauce?


You can really control the sugar content of the applesauce. In this recipe, I specifically used cinnamon and brown sugar because I love the sweetness it brings to the tartness of the apples. However, you could leave out the sugar if you wanted.

What other spices go well in old-fashioned chunky applesauce? 


When you make your own recipe, the world opens up to spices. This recipe uses the basics – brown sugar and cinnamon; however, you could also add nutmeg, clove, allspice, or apple pie spice. 

How to store applesauce. 


Put in an airtight container for 2-3 days. 

Should you serve applesauce warm or cold? 


The great thing about fresh-making applesauce is eating it warm off the stove. Pour right over some vanilla ice cream and dabble with some pecans, and perfection! But applesauce will keep 2-3 days in the fridge and can also be reheated OR served cold. 

close up image of homemade applesauce in a red bowl.

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4.70 from 23 votes

Homemade Chunky Applesauce


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Homemade chunky applesauce with ground cinnamon and brown sugar is so easy you may never go back to store bought applesauce again! Apples provide their own sweetness and create such a delicious side dish that is perfect for the holiday season menu. The BEST Chunky Applesauce recipe with cinnamon and brown sugar you will eat and perfect as an apple side dish or a fresh apple topping on ice cream!

Ingredients
 

  • 6 large Gala apples (also 12 small galas work)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar

Instructions

  • Using an apple slicer, cut apple into 8 pieces. Then peel off skins and continue to slice down apples into thinner slices. See article for image. Place all thin apple slices into sauce pan.
  • Add 1/4th cup water and ground cinnamon and mix well.
  • Heat sauce pan on medium low until mixture begins to boil, which takes just a few minutes so do not walk away from the pan.
  • Cover apples with lid and reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cook apples for about 20 minutes or until apples are mushy. Depending on how large your apples are, this could take up to 30 minutes or so.
  • Stir in brown sugar and mash with a potato masher to make a chunky apple sauce or vitamix blender or food processor if you would like it to be creamier
  • Makes 2 cups.

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Notes

Can you Freeze homemade Applesauce?
You can freeze homemade applesauce! Typically your fresh applesauce will last about 7-10 days in the fridge but usually there is so much left over that you do not want to waste!
You can also freeze your homemade applesauce and it will keep for about 2 months in a freezer. Simply store safety and freeze and then let thaw in your fridge when you are ready to eat. Once defrosted you should eat within a few days.
Can the sugar be left out of the applesauce?
You can really control the sugar content of the applesauce. In this recipe, I specifically used cinnamon and brown sugar because I love the sweetness it brings to the tart of the apples. However, you could leave out the sugar if you wanted.
What other spices go well in old fashioned chunky applesauce?
When you make your own recipe, the world opens up on spices. This recipe uses the basics – brown sugar and cinnamon, however, you could also add nutmeg, clove, allspice or apple pie spice.
How to store old fashioned rustic applesauce.
Put in air tight container for 2-3 days.
Should you serve applesauce warm or cold?
The great thing about fresh making applesauce is eating it warm off the stove. Pour right over some vanilla ice cream and dabble with some pecans and perfection! But applesauce will keep 2-3 days in fridge and can also be reheated OR served cold.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 115g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 751mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 91g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg

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8 Comments

  1. Jane Muhonen says:

    The applesauce was delicious! I did not put sugar to it and tasted great. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    With regards,
    Jane C. Muhonen

    1. hi Jane! I am so glad you enjoyed making your own applesauce and that it still tasted great without sugar! I appreciate your comment so much and its very helpful! ~Trisha

  2. This actually IS the best homemade cinnamon applesauce wow. I thought for sure that was way too much cinnamon, but I was wrong- it was just perfect. I was rushed for time so I cubed up my apples, added all the ingredients, and boiled it quite vigorously until they started getting soft. Then used a masher to mash them down to a somewhat cohesive chunky consistency. They were a massive hit for Hanukkah dinner. Thank you!

    1. Thank you for the lovely feedback! I am so happy that your taste buds were happy!

  3. Linda Thompson says:

    Totally WRONG on the types of apples to be used! #1 for applesauce is McIntosh. PERIOD!

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Its a preference – you can just McIntosh but you can also use ANY flavor apple. 🙂 And not everyone has access to every type of apple flavor in local stores, so they should not be afraid to enjoy diff apples in applesauce. Thank you.

  4. Good recipe! I peeled my apples and then sliced them into cubes and left most of it chunky after a quick pass through the pot with a hand blender. We can’t find applesauce that’s chunky and not runny these days, seems like everyone including Mott’s adds way too much water in every jar and they don’t have any flavor. Making your own is always the best over store bought! Thanks!

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      You are so right about watery jarred applesauce! I am so glad this solution worked well for you. I appreciate your visit!

      Trisha

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