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Homemade Applesauce

Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen

Kick if apple season with this recipe for homemade applesauce. Made with a mixture of sweet

and tart apples, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, this sweet snack is something you

can feel good about. Not only is this applesauce healthy, but it’s also incredibly easy to make,

with most of its cooking time being hands-off.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes


1½ pounds Gala or Braeburn apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks

1½ pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch chunks

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 cinnamon stick

¼ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg

¼-½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)


1. Combine apples, maple syrup, water, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg in a Dutch oven

or pot over high heat. Bring apple mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer,

covered, until apples are soft and falling apart, 25–30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Off heat, discard cinnamon stick and mash apples with a potato masher. For a smoother

applesauce, transfer apples to a food processor and pulse to desired consistency.

3. Season with cinnamon and additional maple syrup if desired.

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