If you walked into my house earlier today, you would have been warmly greeted with the aroma of spiced apples wafting through each room on a beautiful fall day. Reminiscent of my childhood, I fondly remember my mother making us six kids go out to our front yard to pick up all the apples off the ground from a single apple tree we would always climb. My mother, not a baker, would not bake pies with our apple harvest but instead would make huge batches of homemade applesauce for us that would last at least a few days. I’m not sure which I enjoyed more, smelling the comforting scent of cinnamon and apples simmering on the stove, eating the finished apple sauce, or knowing it was made from the loving hands of my mother.

Homemade applesauce is one of those nostalgic types of recipes I look forward to making in the fall. Unfortunately for my children, we do not have an apple tree to pick fruit from. However, I’ve learned you don’t need a fruit tree in your yard to experience the sentiment of making this dish. It can still be a family tradition; you just need to be willing.

This Homemade Applesauce recipe is a favorite of mine. Nothing beats the smell of fresh apples simmering in a bath of spices and citrus juice to get you into an autumn state of mind. Enjoy!

Recipe: Homemade Applesauce

  • Prep Time: 5 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 30 min(s)
  • Total Time: 35 min(s)

An easy recipe for homemade apple sauce.


  • 4 apples
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Peel and core the apples. Cut the applies into bite size pieces. Heat a medium pot on medium heat. Add the orange juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the diced apples and give the mixture a stir. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low. All the apples to simmer in the liquid for 30 minutes. Remove the cooked apples from the heat. Allow the apples to cool and mash with a potato masher or in a food processor.

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13 Responses to “Homemade Applesauce”

  1. Ashley

    LOVE homemade apple sauce! I’ve already made two batches this fall. My toddler son loves it, and so do I … although I’m not sure if it’s the applesauce itself or the cooking smell I enjoy more.

  2. Nicole

    I know this recipe will put the jarred stuff to shame. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Rachel

    Alice – any ideas for making this sugar free? Do you think the apples will lend enough sweetness to eliminate the 3 tbsp? It may not seem like a lot to some, but it’s important to my family. 🙂

    • alice

      Rachel, you can definitely make this sugar free. Omit the sugar entirely. You also will want to use a sweeter apple. You can also substitute the orange juice for apple juice or water.

    • Julie

      the sugar is unnecessary, as is the juice. My family has been making apple sauce for years by simply dicing the apples and putting them in a pot over a low flame. Apples are naturally very sweet.

      Check any 100% juice mix and you’ll notice that grape juice and apple juice are the first two ingredients. That’s because they are used to sweeten juices with fruits that are more tart, like cranberries.

      Skip the sugar and enjoy wonderful, naturally sweet apple sauce. Both my kids LOVE it!!

    • Luna

      I never use sugar (or any sweetener) in my applesauce and it’s fine. Even my sugar-holic friends like it!

  4. Aviva Goldfarb Aviva Goldfarb

    I can almost smell the applesauce from here! The apples have been so delicious this season, too. I can hardly believe I have never made apple sauce but now I’m inspired.

  5. Justin

    You don’t really recommend any specific apples to use, which to me is important. Here are a few good types that work well. Also, stick to one type of apple instead of mixing.

    Pink Lady

  6. Luna

    I made applesauce last with a mix of honeycrisp and pink lady apples. Just the apples, water and a little bit of ginger. Turned out great! (I also made pear sauce and discovered I needed just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and that’s all!)

  7. Lisa

    I hate negativity. Just enjoy. Jeez. I loved the story. It reminded me of my grandmother. Thanks for the memory.

  8. chamomiletea

    I see I am four years too late but, I just made a turkey brine that required the peels of four apples and 3 oranges so I looked for a recipe to use up the fruit. This was perfect.