Homemade Pantry Staples: Applesauce

by Jessie on August 1, 2012

As part of the Great Food Revolution of 2012, we will be sharing several recipes for pantry staples to help replace the more processed versions in your pantry.  You can read more about some of the simple pantry swaps we have recently made here.

Homemade Applesauce


8 apples – peeled, cored and chopped (I used Granny Smith)
1-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

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Miss Jay August 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

I prefer a mix of red and golden delicious. They are sweeter, so I only have to use a touch of sugar to bring out the natural apple flavor. I have never cooked the apples with cin & sugar though, I have always cooked the apples down in a bit of water, then added the cin & sugar and the end. Super easy to can for enjoying year ’round!


Heather August 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

In other posts you mention that you now use coconut oil or olive oil instead of veg or canola oil etc. Did you know that you can replace oil with applesauce in most recipes that call for it? If a recipe calls for 1/2 c. oil, you use 1/2 applesauce. Now obviously I’m talking mostly about baked goods. I use it almost all the time as a replacement and I don’t tell anyone they don’t notice:) I’ve also heard that bananas can do the same thing:)


Emilie August 3, 2012 at 7:07 am

I use sucanat instead of regular sugar and just 1/4 a cup and it’s still super sweet!


Jen October 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Cooking the apples with some lemon rind adds something amazing! Just take it out before mashing.


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