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.



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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Looks perfectly delicious.

  • Mom

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

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

  • Jackie

    Hi Des

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

  • 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!

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

  • Alison

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

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  • Rebecca

    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!

  • 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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