Cinnamon Stick Applesauce

Marla Meridith

March 10, 2011



Homemade organic applesauce recipe with cinnamon, lemon, apples

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Homemade organic applesauce recipe with cinnamon, lemon, apples

I have a secret to tell you. Just a few short years ago homemade applesauce was a mystery to me. I would buy jars of unsweetened, organic applesauce but I did not make my own. All it takes is coring a bunch of apples, boiling them up in some water and adding a pinch of spices (or in this case a cinnamon stick.) Depending the sweetness of your apples, you might add a smidge of natural sweetener too. The lesson I learned as soon as I made my first batch was how simple, quick and easy it is to make your own. It tastes better when you make it yourself and your house smells delicious as it cooks.

Fresh Honey Crisp apples in colander

Not too long after I started my blog I became online friends with Liz Weiss and Janice Bissex the lovely women behind the website Meal Makeover Moms. They are both registered dietitians and busy moms. We share a similar philosophy regarding the meals we prepare for our families. It is essential for us to cook healthy, delicious food for the ones we love.

Fresh Pink Lady apples for homemade applesauce recipe.

They recently published a book called No Whine with Dinner (love that name.) In this book they share 150 easy to follow recipes that were cooked up by moms and taste tested by their kids. The idea behind that all that testing was to find recipes even the pickiest eaters would love.

Homemade applesauce recipe with cinnamon stick and yogurt dots.Liz and Janice want to ensure that family meal time is happy, healthy and filled with great whole food ingredients. There is also a fun chapter called “50 Mom’s Secrets for Getting Picky Eaters to Try New Foods.”

Homemade applesauce recipe with cinnamon stick and yogurt dots.

I was so honored when they asked to feature my recipe for Cranberry Pear Applesauce in their “Bloggers Best” section in the book. These days I always have a big batch of homemade applesauce on hand. Not only do we love to snack on it, I also love to use it in baking. Applesauce adds sweetness, flavor and a nice crumb to baked goods. It also reduces the fat needed in cakes, muffins, cookies, etc.

Homemade applesauce recipe with cinnamon stick and yogurt dots.

I also use it as a dip for my morning stuffed french toast instead of maple syrup. My kids love it in their lunch boxes. Next time you have oatmeal stir in some applesauce instead of sugar. Applesauce yogurt parfaits are fun too for breakfast, dessert or snacks.

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Cookbook by Liz Weiss and Janice Bissex

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This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Sue from Munchkin Munchies.

I have one copy to give to you. This giveaway is open to folks in the USA only please. Entries will close on Sunday March 13th at 12am PST. Winner will be chosen at random.org. You can also purchase the book at my Amazon store.

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Cinnamon Stick Applesauce

Makes about 48 ounces (12 half cup servings)

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  • Sweeten your applesauce to taste with your favorite natural sweetener. You might not need to at all. I like stevia powder. You can also use pure maple syrup, honey or sucanat (unrefined cane sugar.)
  • You can make your applesauce smooth or chunky, simply purée it until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Adjust water to make thicker or thinner. I have found that 3/4 cup of water per pound of apples is a middle ground for thickness.
  • My favorite apples are Pink Lady, Honey Crisp and Granny Smith. I generally use a combination of these when I make applesauce.
  • I keep the skins on the apples for added nutritional value, fiber and flavor. Once it is puréed you cannot even tell they are there.
  • Cooking the applesauce with the cinnamon stick really infuses the flavor into the sauce. If you do not have cinnamon sticks you can add a few pinches of ground cinnamon to taste towards the end of cooking time.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds your favorite Apples, cleaned, cored and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup Water per pound of apples
  • 1/2 Lemon or 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick

OPTIONAL GARNISH

  • fat free Greek Yogurt
  • Sour Cream
  • Spices: ground Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Dried Fruit: Raisins, Blueberries, Cranberries, tart Cherries

METHOD

In a heavy bottomed large pot add apples, water and cinnamon stick. Squeeze in lemon juice. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let applesauce cool a bit. Take out the cinnamon stick. Purée in blender or food processor until desired consistency is achieved. Add more water if needed.

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158 Comments
  • Jeanette
    Posted at 20:05h, 10 March

    Congratulations on having your applesauce included in No
    Whine With Dinner! Homemade applesauce is the best! Haven’t made it
    in a while, but you’ve just reminded me of how simple it is to make
    and how good it tastes. I tweeted your giveaway and liked Meal
    Makeover Mom’s facebook page.

  • katie
    Posted at 20:11h, 10 March

    You know, that’s pretty much my recipe right there. Sometimes I’ll get fancy and add some maple extract, but that’s usually it. I have an apple peeler/corer/slicer that has made this easy recipe even easier! Best $20 spent in a long time!

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:22h, 10 March

      Katie: I know my apple corer saves a bundle of time. Not sure why it took me forever to get that gadget!

  • Catherine
    Posted at 20:18h, 10 March

    I haven’t made my own applesauce but it is on my to do list for this year. Your recipe will give me the push I need to get started on it. 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:23h, 10 March

      Catherine: Do it, yes you can!! You will never buy jars from the store again 😉

  • Catherine
    Posted at 20:19h, 10 March

    I became a fan of Family Fresh Cooking on Facebook.

  • Rachel
    Posted at 20:32h, 10 March

    I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve never made homemade
    applesauce, but I’ve been thinking about doing it lately and this
    has given me more motivation. The cook book looks great, I would
    love to win it!

  • Rachel
    Posted at 20:32h, 10 March

    I like you on FB! 🙂

  • Rachel
    Posted at 20:37h, 10 March

    I like meal makeover moms on FB. Love the recipes they
    posted there too.

  • food-4tots
    Posted at 20:39h, 10 March

    Marla, your food presentation skill rocks! I totally agree
    with you on preparing healthy and delicious meals for the family.
    😉

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Posted at 20:39h, 10 March

    I do make applesauce! My brother has a produce business. In
    the fall, when he has loads of apples, I always stock my freezer
    with applesauce made with mixtures of whatever kind of apples I can
    get my hands on. My grandson likes it best plain, so that’s what I
    make. No picky eaters here- they’ve all grown up and moved
    out!

  • kate
    Posted at 20:55h, 10 March

    Your photos make the applesauce look like heaven on earth!
    I can’t wait to try the recipe!

  • Peggy
    Posted at 21:24h, 10 March

    You reminded me too of how easy it is to make homemade applesauce. I haven’t made it in years, but the other day my 4-year-old daughter asked me if we could make it sometime so I think we will soon.
    I would love to win the giveaway No Whine With Dinner; I would love to be cooking healthier meals for my daughter and hubby too.
    Oh, I do have a question: Can you tell me where you got the cute paper applesauce cups? They look sturdier than cupcake liners and would be fun to use with kids.

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:53h, 11 March

      Peggy. Hi! Your 4 year old will love homemade applesauce. She can help you pick out the apples at the farmers market or the store (or pick them from trees if you are lucky enough to have those!) She will love watching the process and then enjoying the sweet, fruity sauce.
      The little white cups: I got those so long ago. Either it was a craft store like Michael’s in the baking or craft department or a baking supply store. Think I bought them for my daughter’s 4th b’day party and she is now 7. How time flies and my memory fades 😉 Good luck finding them.

  • Krissa
    Posted at 21:42h, 10 March

    I do make my own…in the crockpot. So easy and I LOVE how good the house smells.

  • Krissa
    Posted at 21:44h, 10 March

    I follow you on Twitter.

  • Krissa
    Posted at 21:44h, 10 March

    I tweeted!

  • Sonia@7spice
    Posted at 22:01h, 10 March

    I love apple sauce. I eat a lot whenever I prepare it for baking. It tastes so good! And you’ve presented it very deliciously. 🙂

  • delila gonzales
    Posted at 22:26h, 10 March

    i have three picky eaters… one of which i am married to. lol. we love homemade apple sauce. and the kids love to help me cook it too… which we count as a daily art project.

  • delila gonzales
    Posted at 22:28h, 10 March

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    Posted at 22:28h, 10 March

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    Posted at 22:29h, 10 March

    i subscribed

  • Rosa
    Posted at 23:25h, 10 March

    Homemade applasauce rules!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    Posted at 02:50h, 11 March

    i LOVE the white swirls…that is just precious.

    I made applesauce with whole apples, dash of cinnamon and agave into vitamix. 4 secs later, I am done 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:57h, 11 March

      Averie: I still need a Vitamix bad. Vitamix do you hear me 😉
      4 seconds is amazing, without even cutting the apples. Nice.

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    Posted at 02:51h, 11 March

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  • Lindsay
    Posted at 03:55h, 11 March

    I’ve never made homemade applesauce, I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Katrina
    Posted at 04:04h, 11 March

    This sounds lovely! I’m Canadian so I can’t enter your giveaway. Good luck everyone!

  • Heavenly Housewife
    Posted at 04:17h, 11 March

    Thank you for linking to my post daaahling. This applesauce looks fab, and I love the way you presented it, so sweet. I don’t qualify for your giveaway as I live in the UK, but do stop by my place and enter my giveaway for an $80 Amazon gift card!
    *kisses* HH

  • Avalon Cat Cartoons
    Posted at 04:28h, 11 March

    Hi Marla, I just discovered your blog through your guest post on Tidy Mom. What a nice surprise! You seem to be making what I love the most… and the pictures are beautiful too. I believe I will be back very often, but first I’m going to try to make your blueberry cake and the broccoli/cauliflower/avocado soup 🙂

  • Cori
    Posted at 04:51h, 11 March

    I don’t make it often, but when I do I add vanilla paste (just a little), ginger, cinnamon and a pinch of chipotle. I know it sounds weird but I like it. 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:40h, 11 March

      Cori: Love the idea of the vanilla paste and chipotle for a little kick. I need to try that.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    Posted at 05:05h, 11 March

    my mom always made us chunky homemade applesauce from apples from our garden…it was the best i’ve ever had! i still follow the same recipe (actually more of a method) today!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:39h, 11 March

      Heather: You are so right. Homemade applesauce is more of a method. Once you start doing it amazing the kinds of fruits and spices you can toss in that pot. Sweet memories of your mom.

  • Tricia
    Posted at 05:42h, 11 March

    I have never made my own applesauce, but like you have always bought the unsweetened kind in a jar and added my own cinnamon. I’ll have to try out your recipe. It would be fun to make with my kids:)

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    Posted at 05:49h, 11 March

    I only make homemade applesauce once in a while. I should do it more often!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    Posted at 05:50h, 11 March

    I follow you on Twitter.

  • Clair
    Posted at 05:50h, 11 March

    I have never made my own applesauce, but my sister made some (canned the ol’ fashioned way), and it was the BEST applesauce I’ve ever tasted.

    Your recipe looks so easy though, I am eager to try it!

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:35h, 11 March

      Clair: I have gotta start canning this stuff. Liquid gold girl!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    Posted at 05:50h, 11 March

    Tweeted.

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    Posted at 05:51h, 11 March

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  • GinnyRit
    Posted at 05:52h, 11 March

    I’ve never tried it, but you’ve inspired me! I’m organizing a binder of recipes by seasonal main ingredient, so I’m tucking this away in my apples section and will be ready when the bags and bags of apples arrive!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    Posted at 05:52h, 11 March

    I follow Janice and Liz on Twitter.

  • GinnyRit
    Posted at 05:52h, 11 March

    I “liked” FFC on Facebook 🙂

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    Posted at 05:53h, 11 March

    I became a Meal Makeover Mom fan on FB.

  • GinnyRit
    Posted at 05:53h, 11 March

    I “liked” MMM on Facebook 🙂 Thank you!!

  • Patricia
    Posted at 06:09h, 11 March

    I love applesauce, but didn’t make it by my self yet! I’m going to give it a try this weekend!!!

    I twitterd!

    baci Patricia

  • Amanda
    Posted at 06:37h, 11 March

    I have never made my own… but I might have to now that you have shared this amazing recipe!!

  • See Nikki Cook
    Posted at 06:41h, 11 March

    I love making homemade applesauce–I also just started 2 years ago. I love just using apples, cinnamon and a bit of water. So tasty, blows the jarred stuff out of the water!

  • Melissa @ Chocolate & Kisses
    Posted at 07:35h, 11 March

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! It’s still new and I’m getting a feel for everything, but I appreciate any support! Love your blog, and especially your beautiful family, you are truly blessed!!

  • Nicole, RD
    Posted at 07:43h, 11 March

    This is my favorite applesauce recipe: http://preventionrd.com/2010/09/15/what-to-do-when-you-have-a-lot-of-apples-part-2/

    …crock pot! So simple!

    Great giveaway, Marla!! Hope I win!!

  • Nicole, RD
    Posted at 07:44h, 11 March

    I follow you on Twitter!

  • Nicole, RD
    Posted at 07:46h, 11 March

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  • Tristan
    Posted at 07:50h, 11 March

    Marla- I found your site about 3 weeks ago and have become
    an avid reader/follower! I love your recipes and commitment to
    providing your family with delicious healthy food. My have 2 small
    kids (4 and 3) and we are in the process of going sugar free. Since
    they are still small, they don’t know to the full extent of what
    has disappeared from the house (sugary cookies, chips, fruit
    snacks) but they are loving all the fresh fruit and my huzzband
    love the Telluride Trail Bars that I made last week! Thanks for all
    the time and love you put into this site- It is helping me feed my
    family better daily! *I just bought apples and will be making
    homemade applesauce today!! Many thanks-Tristan

  • carolinaheartstrings
    Posted at 07:56h, 11 March

    Great photos. You make it look so good and so easy. I have
    never made homemade applesauce, but you make me want to
    try.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    Posted at 08:22h, 11 March

    I do have a picky eater but she loves applesauce so I
    should really try making some!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    Posted at 08:23h, 11 March

    I like you on fb!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    Posted at 08:23h, 11 March

    I follow you on twitter.

  • Marci
    Posted at 08:56h, 11 March

    I have made applesauce once, but think I just winged the
    recipe. Apples, cinnamon, water, boil and mash.

  • Marci
    Posted at 08:57h, 11 March

    I follow you on Twitter!

  • Megan
    Posted at 09:19h, 11 March

    You make a simple applesauce look so good. I love how you
    decorate everything. I do make homemade applesauce and I like to
    make a vanilla bean version. Next time I’m skipping the sugar and
    I’m going to use Stevia.

  • Angie
    Posted at 09:23h, 11 March

    This looks great, I haven’t made homemade apple sauce since
    my son was a baby. Your photos are so cute!

  • Heather
    Posted at 09:31h, 11 March

    Congrats on your “bloggers best” recipe feature! It is certainly well deserved.

    I have never made my own applesauce before! Sounds like something you could really get creative with ingredient/flavor-wise. I’ll have to try it!

  • Teawench
    Posted at 09:46h, 11 March

    Grats on your recipe being included in the book! I do make my own applesauce and my favorite recipe, other than just plain, is your pumpkin applesauce. And your cherry Earl Grey applesauce.

    No need to enter me in giveaway.

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 09:47h, 11 March

    I started making applesauce after I discovered your Cranberry Pear Applesauce recipe. I never realized how simple and delicious it is. Plus I had never tried honey crisp apples. Now they are my absolute favorite apples to use and eat.

  • Anne - Cooking Through California
    Posted at 09:54h, 11 March

    I’ve never tried homemade applesauce but I’m all about
    making as much as possible from home! I might try to adapt the
    recipe for a slow cooker (because I love my slow cooker).

    • Marla
      Posted at 10:17h, 11 March

      Anne: Lots of folks out there use their slow cookers for applesauce. I do not have one but I know your results will be fabulous. One of my readers mentioned she does the whole thing in her Vitamix blender. I love everyones creativity. We gotta work with the tools, gadgets and time we have.

  • Jennifer N
    Posted at 10:03h, 11 March

    I make cooked apples sometimes, but I haven’t actually made
    applesauce. I’m interested in trying your cranberry pear applesauce
    recipe. I like the idea of serving french toast with applesauce
    instead of syrup. My son is not a picky eater–unless something
    looks green. =/

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    Posted at 10:16h, 11 March

    We have been all about applesauce in our house lately. I
    make a plain batch then stir in cinnamon at the end. The hubs adds
    cinnamon sugar, but for me the sweetness of apples is just
    perfect.

    • Marla
      Posted at 10:18h, 11 March

      Heather: When I use ground cinnamon I generally stir it in at the end too. I think that might keep the spice a bit more intense.

  • Myra Horst
    Posted at 10:28h, 11 March

    I have a very picky eater – and she’s not 2, she’s 14! She
    does love applesauce, though. My mother made applesauce and I’m
    thinking of trying this! Thank you!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    Posted at 11:33h, 11 March

    Marla, I love making homemade applesauce, and you’re right,
    once you find out how to make it you realize how surprisingly
    simple it is and how foolish it is to buy it from the store! And
    yes, the aroma is tantalizing! Thanks for sharing this scrumptious,
    simple recipe and the giveaway.

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    Posted at 11:34h, 11 March

    This is a beautiful post. I can’t wait to make applesauce
    in the fall. I didn’t make any last year and I really regret it.
    Thanks for the tip about including the cinnamon stick in with it.
    I”m going to save this post and refer back to it. Love it!!
    🙂

  • the urban baker
    Posted at 11:58h, 11 March

    I have never done this and really, really need to. What a
    great tip and what a fantastic giveaway. I am going to head over to
    their blog and read all about Y-O-U! x

  • Heather
    Posted at 12:04h, 11 March

    I have not made apple sauce, but now I plan to
    try!

  • vicki
    Posted at 12:30h, 11 March

    I have not tried homemade applesauce. i have always wanted
    to try.

  • vicki
    Posted at 12:30h, 11 March

    i have like you on fb family fresh cooking.

  • vicki
    Posted at 12:31h, 11 March

    i liked meal makeover moms on fb.

  • vicki
    Posted at 12:31h, 11 March

    i tried to make a new subscription, it would let me. i
    already subscribe.

  • Tanya
    Posted at 12:34h, 11 March

    I have a semi-picky four year old. Selectively picky,
    although he does eat a wide range of foods, luckily. Sounds like a
    good book!

  • Linda
    Posted at 12:46h, 11 March

    I have made my own – it’s easy – just time consuming to cut
    up all the apples. Definitely better than store bought 🙂 I need to
    remember to sub applesauce in baked goods – I always seem to
    forget!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:35h, 12 March

      Linda: If you can get an apple slicer/corer it makes it go so much quicker. Plus you don’t have to have the big chef’s knife out if you are around little kids. Here is the slicer I am talking about:

  • Linda
    Posted at 12:46h, 11 March

    I follow you on facebook.

  • Linda
    Posted at 12:47h, 11 March

    I am now following Meal Makeover Moms on facebook too. The
    new cookbook sounds great!

  • Jennifer @ Loving Bytes
    Posted at 12:55h, 11 March

    Yum! Making some right now!

  • Laurel
    Posted at 13:57h, 11 March

    How fun are these?! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  • The Teenage Taste
    Posted at 14:08h, 11 March

    I’ve never made homemade applesauce myself, but I want to. My favorite kind of applesauce is cinnamony and chunky so this would be perfect! Thanks for a great recipe and giveaway!

  • Christy
    Posted at 14:56h, 11 March

    I have made my own in the past. I didn’t really use a recipe, I just steamed some apples and then smooshed them with some cinnamon. My daughter loved it.

  • Ally @ Sweet & Savory
    Posted at 15:41h, 11 March

    Every fall I make batches of homemade cinnamon applesauce
    and freeze it…unfortunatley it nevers last as long as I want it
    to!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:31h, 12 March

      Ally: I need a freezer big enough to hold all the applesauce I would love to stow away. I know what you mean, it does not last long at all.

  • Ally @ Sweet & Savory
    Posted at 15:42h, 11 March

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Posted at 16:23h, 11 March

    I’ve always made homemade apple sauce, I watched both my
    mother and my grandmother make it for me when I was a kid.
    Apparently they couldn’t make enough of it to last more than a day
    because I ate so much of it! I never use a recipe just go based on
    how much juice the apples are giving off and how sweet they are.
    But now as an adult I think I prefer pear sauce to apple, funny how
    tastes change with age.

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:30h, 12 March

      Sylvie: I love pear sauce too. Back this fall I made a Pear Spice Cake that had homemade pear sauce in it. Such a cute story about when you were a kid. I don’t usually measure the water either – just needed to give folks who have never made homemade applesauce an indicator of how much to use.

  • 5 Star Foodie
    Posted at 16:36h, 11 March

    Such lovely presentation of this yummy homemade applesauce,
    nice!

  • Sue
    Posted at 17:30h, 11 March

    I have made applesauce before, but don”t recall the
    recipe. Thanks for renewed inspiration!

  • Sue
    Posted at 17:31h, 11 March

    I just signed up yesterday to subscribe to you via
    email:)

  • Kim B.
    Posted at 18:05h, 11 March

    I currently do not make applesauce, but since my family
    LOVES it am a little inspired to give it a try! Thanks for your
    recipe & the nudge I needed 🙂

  • Camille
    Posted at 19:51h, 11 March

    No, I have never made homemade applesauce BUT have been
    wanting to try it. I just need to do it! I have one very picky
    eater in my house. Some days it makes me want to pull my hair out.
    This book sounds awesome!

  • Camille
    Posted at 19:51h, 11 March

    I’m a fan of Family Fresh cooking on FB. 🙂

  • Camille
    Posted at 20:42h, 11 March

    Just liked Meal Makeover Moms on FB!

  • A Canadian Foodie
    Posted at 21:43h, 11 March

    Only you, Marla – seriously – ONLY you could make those doctor pill dose paper cups look so darn cute!!!
    I have been swamped and knee deep in planning a local food conference for Slow Food Edmonton called Eat Alberta. Fun times. Good work and great purpose, but I miss my kitchen, cooking – I haven’t posted anything for over two weeks, and I miss reading YOU!
    I am trying to catch up!
    🙂
    Valerie

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:12h, 12 March

      Valerie: You are hilarious! I bought those paper cups ages ago for my daughters 4th b’day. I had the kids all decorate cookies and those little white cups were for the sprinkles, frosting etc. I had not a clue how I wanted to style this applesauce and then I spotted them high on a shelf. Lost & found……
      I miss your posts, but the Eat Alberta conference you are planning will be well worth your efforts! xo

  • Angie's Recipes
    Posted at 22:04h, 11 March

    I always want to do some homemade applesauce…this recipe comes just in time!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Posted at 23:07h, 11 March

    I love it, I’ll definitely want to make this now that apples are in season.

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Posted at 23:22h, 11 March

    I get your emails!! 😀

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Posted at 23:24h, 11 March

    I love making my own Applesauce! All I do is throw a few apples into my Blend-Tec and blend away! It is delicious! 😀

    xoxo
    Kathleen

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:28h, 12 March

      Kathleen: Is a Blend-Tek like a Vitamix blender? I have never heard of it.

  • Joanne
    Posted at 06:02h, 12 March

    My roommate often buys those big bags of apples at the
    supermarket and whenever she fails to eat them before they start to
    get soft, we make a BIG pot of applesauce. Mix in some vanilla and
    cinnamon…it’s so incredibly more heavenly than anything you can
    buy at the store. I’m loving your version also! The more cinnamon,
    the better, in my opinion!

  • Marly
    Posted at 06:03h, 12 March

    I’m in luck because my neighbor has this apple tree that
    produces a LOT of apples. And it appears she has never done
    anything with them. So this year I worked up the nerve to ask her
    if I could pick them. She’s really shy so I don’t know her very
    well and wasn’t certain how it would go. But she said yes and I
    ended up with bushels of apples! And now we have about 20 big mason
    jars full of applesauce. I agree with you that leaving the skins on
    is just fine – doesn’t impact the taste at all. And as vegans, we
    use a lot of applesauce in our recipes so I’m sure we’ll have no
    problem getting through those jars. Great post!

  • Megan
    Posted at 06:32h, 12 March

    I just stumbled across you blog on Twitter and I am so
    glad! I love it! Your shots are absolutely gorgeous. Just the way
    you set up the applesauce would be enough to have my kiddos begging
    for a bite! I have never made my own applesauce before, but if I
    were to do so, I would love to do cinnamon apple. Good luck with
    the giveaway!

  • lucky13lady
    Posted at 08:12h, 12 March

    Actually, the picky eater in my family is my husband! But
    after seeing your recipe and gorgeous pics, I’ll be trying
    home-made applesauce this weekend!

  • Kim
    Posted at 09:00h, 12 March

    You make homemade applesauce sound so easy. I also have a
    peeler/corer/slicer that I need to try out-I now have inspiration
    to do so 🙂 Thank you! kim

  • Lisa
    Posted at 09:18h, 12 March

    I haven’t made homemade applesauce since my kids were
    babies and I made all their baby food. I usually used golden
    delicious apples and a very tiny dash of cinnamon. I guess I forgot
    how yummy and easy it is. Thanks for the recipe – I will try it!
    Thank you also for the giveaway.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 09:19h, 12 March

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    Posted at 09:20h, 12 March

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    Posted at 09:22h, 12 March

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  • Miranda
    Posted at 09:39h, 12 March

    I have never made applesauce but I’d love to try

  • Miranda
    Posted at 09:46h, 12 March

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    Posted at 09:50h, 12 March

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  • Susan H
    Posted at 12:06h, 12 March

    First starting making applesauce back in the 70’s from a
    recipe in a Houston newspaper. I made the applesauce to use in an
    apple cake. No picky eaters in my house – just those that can not
    eat everything. Between the low salt diet, the non dairy diet, and
    the gluten free diet one might think I have picky eaters – just 3
    family members with different health issues.

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:35h, 12 March

      Susan: Sounds like a lot of careful planning needs to go into the food you prepare for your family. Very good thing they are not picky eaters though! Thanks for stopping by & leaving such thoughtful comments 🙂

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  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchen
    Posted at 13:02h, 12 March

    I started making my own apple sauce a couple of years ago
    and I started with a roasted apple sauce and forever stuck with
    roasted apple. It is lovely.

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:26h, 12 March

      Kulsum: Roasted applesauce? I am so on that. Anything I need to know to make it? Did you post it on your blog?

  • Kristen
    Posted at 13:02h, 12 March

    I’m not a big applesauce eater, but my mother-in-law
    wouldn’t think of buying applesauce from the store and my kids
    gobble hers up. Maybe I should break down and make it for
    them!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:24h, 12 March

      Kristin: After seeing all the amazing things you cook up for your kids this you could do with your eyes closed. Easy peasy.

  • Barbara Bakes
    Posted at 13:14h, 12 March

    I recently made applesauce in my pressure cooker and it was
    cooked in only about 5 minutes. I also love using an immersion
    blender to puree it in the pot. I’ve never tried it with the skins
    on. I’ll have to give that a try. Congrats on being featured in the
    cookbook! Love the way you’ve dressed them up.

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:10h, 12 March

      Barbara: I do not even own a pressure cooker. 5 minute applesauce-I love that! Come to think of it I also need an immersion blender. Or maybe just a trip to visit you in your kitchen 😉 Gosh would that be fun!

  • Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)
    Posted at 17:54h, 12 March

    I love the swirl garnish of yogurt/sour cream on top of the
    applesauce cups! I love making my own applesauce in the fall with
    freshly picked NY apples. I usually use my slow cooker and just add
    cinnamon and maple extract. 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:05h, 12 March

      Liz: I have amazing memories of those crisp fall apples in NY. The slow cooker is a great idea for folks who cannot be around watching a pot on the stove.To walk into a steamy cooker of homemade applesauce after a long day would be heavenly.

  • Miri Leigh
    Posted at 19:32h, 12 March

    This applesauce looks simply delicious- thanks so much for
    sharing!

  • Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)
    Posted at 19:51h, 12 March

    I love the idea of using applesauce in oatmeal! Congrats on
    your recipe being in the cookbook! What an honor! 🙂

  • Baking Serendipity
    Posted at 21:15h, 12 March

    Homemade applesauce reminds me of my mom 🙂 She always made
    it for us after we went apple picking in the fall.

  • grace
    Posted at 00:30h, 13 March

    what a stellar book title and what a terrific batch of
    applesauce. 🙂

  • Cheri
    Posted at 08:46h, 13 March

    I became a fan of Family Fresh Cooking on Facebook!

  • Cheri
    Posted at 08:50h, 13 March

    This applesauce recipe looks like a good one. I can’t wait to try it! Thank you.

  • Kate @ Diethood.com
    Posted at 09:21h, 13 March

    I make applesauce probably once a month; I mostly use it for baking, sometimes for snacking, and we love it! I use a simple recipe – a bit of sugar, a pinch of cinnamon, a few apples, boiling water, and voila! 🙂
    The picky eater, my 20 month old, loves it, too, so that’s a big bonus.

  • teresa
    Posted at 18:58h, 13 March

    Homemade applesauce!!!
    Is there just no end!
    Girlie~you are AMAZING!
    Your food is sooooooo CUTE!
    Not only is it HEALTHY…but it’s CUTE too!
    Just like YOU!
    xo

  • Jennie
    Posted at 20:01h, 13 March

    My mother has always made a ridiculous amount of homemade applesauce. As kids we’d all fight for the chance to spin the crank first (but after an hour or so everyone had had enough!) She didn’t add anything to it but apples, but when we’d eat it we’d add red hots or cinnamon sugar. Yum.

    • Marla
      Posted at 21:09h, 13 March

      Jennie: “Red hots or cinnamon sugar” – I love that! That is a treat my kids would never forget. They would love the crank. Gotta get a ricer over here so they can do that.

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    Posted at 20:11h, 13 March

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  • Min {Honest Vanilla}
    Posted at 20:48h, 13 March

    This looks gorgeous! Love the little red band around the cups 🙂 You do really ace in presentation!

  • Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}
    Posted at 22:03h, 14 March

    Looks so delicious. I love homemade applesauce my mom makes it often 🙂 so I enjoy hers 🙂

  • Deeba
    Posted at 09:58h, 15 March

    How wonderful to have your recipe included. Have to try
    making my own. If a US address works, please do include my name in
    the draw. Thank you

  • Kristy
    Posted at 13:34h, 17 March

    Applesauce is high on my list of things to try making this
    summer when apples are in season! This recipe looks great! I will
    have to try it because I LOVE cinnamon sticks. I most often use
    them in Coconut Oatmeal.

  • Liz - Meal Makeover Mom
    Posted at 17:51h, 17 March

    Thanks for sharing No Whine with Dinner with your readers! You are the best!!!

  • Jess
    Posted at 20:35h, 18 March

    Yum, looks delicious! I love how you did it, the presentation really made it look whimsical!

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  • Katie
    Posted at 06:00h, 03 October

    I’ve been wanting to make my own applesauce for a long time.

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    I have to try making my own applesauce….! Thanks for share… 🙂

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