Apple Picking in the Fall with the kids is more fun than you can imagine. The result is an easy homemade apple sauce recipe and perhaps a couple of delicious apple desserts.
I’m a little late on my post for homemade apple sauce. Tech issues and an over-booked calendar can take its toll on anyone.
I’m not complaining, it’s just that I missed my computer. I don’t know why, I guess it’s just something to do instead of snacking.
I never realized how much I don’t eat when I’m at the computer. It’s like having my best friend telling me not to eat that handful of candy.
I digress. I’m finally getting around to posting my homemade apple sauce recipe from our apple picking outing a few weeks ago. The recipe is simple and not anything you haven’t seen before. It’s not a recipe handed down for generations – although I bet my great uncle and great grandmother would have made their apple sauce this way.
Growing up in the ’50’s I spent many summers and early fall weekends on my great uncle and great grandmother’s farm. They would cook and bake using the ingredients they grew and raised on their farm. Apples were in abundance from their mini orchard.
I do remember my sister and I enjoying hot apple pie with a warm glass of milk (don’t ask — o.k., we never knew it was goat’s milk until we were adults). Anyway it was a memory my sister and I will never be able to replicate, and we cherish every moment each time we talk about it.
Homemade apple sauce is really simple to prepare. Peel, slice and chop apples; cook, mash, taste and season — Done! Here’s a basic recipe to help you along. Actually, this is my daughter’s recipe that she adapted to everyone’s preferences. You can do the same.Print
Easy Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe
Easy Homemade Apple Sauce recipe is a delicious DIY recipe to make with the abundance of fall apples. This is a great #cookingwithkids basic recipe. They will enjoy helping and tasting to make this easy recipe.
- Prep Time: 20-30 min.
- Cook Time: 20-30 min.
- Total Time: 40-50 min.
- Yield: 1 qt.
- Category: Side Dish
- Cuisine: American
- Set aside a large bowl or pot filled with cold water, squeeze juice of a whole lemon and add the lemons to the water):
- 12 – 16 apples, peeled & cubed (use any variety of apples you choose)
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (optional)
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- coconut sugar (as needed or use your preferred sugar substitute)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- pinch of nutmeg (optional)
- Peel and cut the apples into cubes adding them to the lemon water.
- When all the apples are cut drain the water and then add the apples to a sauce pan.
- Cook the apples on medium heat and stir occasionally until they begin to soften.
- Taste the apples for sweetness and add the lemon zest and brown sugar if needed.
- Continue to cook over medium heat until the apples are soft (15-30 minutes depending on how many apples and how small you chopped the apples).
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Using a potato masher, or a food mill, mash the apples until desired consistency. We like a chunky apple sauce the potato masher works fine. If you like a smother applesauce then a high speed blender or food processor will be the tool to use – based on texture preference.
- Taste the apple sauce and add spices as desired.
The yield for this recipe will vary based on the number of apples you have.
Keywords: homemade, diy apple sauce recipe, easy recipe, no refined sugar, gluten free recipe
I do not add any additional sugar as the fresh picked apples are naturally sweet. Be sure to add the pinch of salt which helps to bring out the sweetness of the apples. If you do like a sweeter apple sauce you can add fresh squeezed orange juice or add in a little brown sugar or use coconut sugar.
Everyone should try making homemade applesauce. It’s a very easy and it’s delicious, with no preservatives and no refined sugar. It’s also gluten free. You may never go back to buying apple sauce off the supermarket shelf.
**Recipe & Photos Updated in 2018