A tasty and homey recipe for Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce is ready in less than 30 minutes and only has 5 ingredients.
why you'll love this recipe
It is easy to just grab a jar of applesauce off the shelf of the grocery store. But why not cook up this quick, tasty and homey batch of Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce? It's an easy one pot recipe that basically makes itself.
With so much appley flavor and a smidge of cinnamon, you will never want to go back to store bought applesauce again.
just 5 ingredients
Only 5 ingredients are needed to make a batch of homemade applesauce. If substitutes can be made to the recipe, they're listed. Scroll to the recipe card for full quantities of the ingredients.
- apples ~ See my tips below for picking the best apples for applesauce.
- granulated sugar ~ Try light brown sugar too.
- kosher salt
which apples are best applesauce?
With so many varieties of apples (there are over 2,500 different kinds of apples grown in the United States!), I asked myself what kind is best for making applesauce?
With the help of the all knowing Google, I researched for the perfect applesauce apple for my recipe. I discovered that there are 100s of perfect apples for an applesauce recipe. To name just a few...
- Golden Delicious
Each type of apple adds a certain amount of sweet, tart and/or tang to homemade applesauce.
I settled on the SweeTango for a couple reasons.
- When cooked, the apple breaks down to an applesauce that's both smooth and chunky.
- The flavor is a cross between a crunchy and sweet Honeycrisp (with a hint of citrus too) and a tart and tender McIntosh which are two types of apples heralded for cooking.
- It got a glowing review from fellow foodies.
About 1 quart (or 4 cups) of applesauce was the amount I was aiming to make. 4 pounds of SweeTangos (or about 10 apples) was the right number to use in the recipe.
The most arduous task of the applesauce recipe is peeling and chopping the apples. I look at it as a few quiet moments as it is a pretty much a simple job that does not require much concentration.
Along with the apples, add cinnamon, sugar, salt and water. That's it!
After bringing the ingredients to a boil, cover the pot and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes.
The finished applesauce will be a little bit smooth with just enough chunks of tender apples to keep it interesting.
Cool the applesauce completely before packaging it.
- Make sure to remove all the seeds from the apples.
- Don't overcook the apples. The applesauce will lose its distinctive apple flavor and will be watery.
how to store homemade chunky applesauce
Refrigerator ~ Cool the applesauce completely before storing in the refrigerator. Store freshly made chunky applesauce in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Freezer ~ Put the applesauce in large resealable freezer bags. Lay flat in the freezer and freeze until solid. The applesauce will keep for up to 1 year.
just one more thing
If you make this easy chunky applesauce recipe, I’d love hearing from you. Be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating ~ I do my best to reply to all your comments. And snap a photo to post to Instagram. I’ll add the photos to my Insta stories as I love seeing all your creations.
a few more apple recipes I love...
- Cinnamon Apple Crumb Bars
- Apple Crumb Pie
- Maple Glazed Pork Medallions with Sauteed Apples
- Overnight Oatmeal with Fruit and Nuts
A tasty and homey Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes and only has 5 ingredients.
- Place all the ingredients in a large pot over medium high heat.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, check the applesauce. There should be some soft chunks of apples and also smooth applesauce. Stir.
- Remove from the heat and cool completely.
- Store in in a 1 quart glass jar using a wide mouth funnel.
- Refrigerate up to 10 days.
To store the applesauce in the refrigerator, put it in a 1 quart glass jar. A wide mouth funnel works great for keeping the mess to a minimum. Store fresh homemade applesauce in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Applesauce can also be frozen. Put the applesauce in large resealable freezer bags. Lay flat in the freezer and freeze until solid. The applesauce will keep for up to 1 year.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 82
- Sugar: 18 g
- Sodium: 36 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 22 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: applesauce recipe, recipe for applesauce