• Cooking Time: 20-30 min
  • Servings:
  • Preparation Time: 5 min


For the longest time, I've been looking for a good recipe for homemade applesauce, one that wasn't too sweet. Turned out Elise's was the best - I used Granny Smith apples and the least possible sugar.


  • 3 to 4 lbs of peeled, cored, and quartered apples (make sure you use a good cooking apple like Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, McIntosh, or Gravenstein)
  • 4 strips of lemon peel - use a vegetable peeler to strip 4 lengths
  • Juice of one lemon, about 3-4 Tbsp
  • 3 inches of cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
  • Up to 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  • Put all ingredients into a large pot. Cover. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels. Mash with potato masher.
  • Ready to serve, either hot or refrigerated. Delicious with vanilla ice cream or vanilla yogurt.
  • Freezes easily, lasts up to one year in a cold freezer.

Author Credit: Elise @ Simply Recipes

Website Credit: http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/000102applesauce.php

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