Applesauce is nostalgic, it will never go out of style, it’s healthy, makes you feel better when you are sick and it is so super easy to make.
This is a three ingredient recipe: apples, apple cider, and cinnamon. It could even become a two ingredient recipe if you don’t want to put in the cinnamon. I use apple cider in place of water for this recipe. The apple cider adds apple flavor and keeps it sweet so you don’t have to add any sugar. When you get the apple cider just check that it is only made from apples and there is nothing else added so you keep this applesauce healthy.
You can use any type of apple in this recipe. I used what I had on hand so it was a combination of Gala, Honeycrisp, and Fuji. There is 1/2 cup of apple cider added which doesn’t seem like much but as your apples cook down they will release some of their water and you will get the perfect amount of liquid.
This is a great recipe for your kids to help with. They can work on their chopping, measuring, and mashing skills. And if you double the recipe you can throw some math in there (without them realizing it of course)!
You may want to double this recipe ( I wish I did), it won’t last long! I only got a small bowl of it, my family devoured it in one day!
- 6 apples (any kind. I used gala, honeycrisp, & fuji)
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 1/2-2 tsp cinnamon (use more or less depending on your taste buds)
Peel apples with a vegetable peeler. Remove core and cut apples into cubes. Put apples in saucepan. Add apple cider and cinnamon.
Put pan on burner over medium high heat. When cider boils turn to low. Put lid on pan and simmer until apples are fork tender, 12-15 minutes.
Remove pan from burner and mash apples with a potato masher or back of fork until you reach your desired smoothness.
Serve hot or cold. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Enjoy!
How do you like your applesauce, chunky or smooth? Leave a comment and let me know. I like mine a little chunky.