Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

October is my favorite month. The leaves are changing. The pumpkins are out. The air is cool and crisp. And apples are on sale. All kinds of apples: gala apples, red delicious apples, golden delicious apples, granny smith apples.  And when they are on sale what is the best thing to do with them? Simmer them with sweet cinnamon, spicy cloves, brown sugar and lemon juice to make your own applesauce.

My personal favorite apple is the granny smith apple. Its sweet yet tart. The flesh is crisp and the skin not too thick. They are wonderful raw and they cook pretty well too. For this reason, I chose to use granny smith apples in this recipe. However, if you prefer a gala or other kind of apple that holds up well to cooking substitute that instead. Or better yet, why not use a combination of different kinds of apples?

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe

Makes 1 cup Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 6 small granny smith apples, cored, peeled and diced (about 5 cups diced apples)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar



Combine all ingredients together in a small pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 30 - 35 minutes or until apples are soft.


For chunky applesauce use a potato masher to mash apple mixture. For a smoother applesauce use an immersion blender and blend until smooth.


Serve hot or cold.



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    December 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

    What are other good apple types that hold up well with cooking? My favorite is fuji- but I don’t know if that’ll work well. Thanks!

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      December 23, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Rebecca- Good question! I don’t do a lot of cooking with apples so I did a little research because I was curious too. It seems that fuji will work well. Most sources I found say that they are firm and hold up well to cooking.

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    November 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    This looks really good…but don’t eat too much, you might get hungry! ;)

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    October 27, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Looks and sounds delicious. I can hardly wait to try it.

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    October 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you for your comments everyone! I knew you’d appreciate this mom :) Jackie- Sorry I wasn’t more specific. Use a medium sized lemon about 2 tablespoons. Hope this helps!

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    October 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Des

    Lemons come in all sizes, exactlly how much juice are you talking about.

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    October 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    My kids would love this! Looks great! I will sometimes heat homemade applesauce up and serve it with vanilla ice cream for dessert. yummm….

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    October 5, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Glad to see you find a good use for those apples!

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    October 5, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Looks perfectly delicious.

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    October 5, 2010 at 5:00 am

    I have never made my own applesauce, though I say I’m going to do it every year! lol This looks wonderful and sounds very simple! Thanks for sharing.

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    October 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

    It seems like a lot of people are making applesauce. Tis the season! Yours looks great! I love using Granny Smiths. Right now, though, we’re lucky to have Galas from our backyard tree.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown
    October 4, 2010 at 8:42 am

    You can easily use these ingredients to make it in the slow cooker too!

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    My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »

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