Once you taste this recipe for Homemade Applesauce, you won't be able to eat it from a jar ever again! Let me show you how to celebrate the start of Fall with another one of our delicious apple recipes and desserts. This is the perfect sweet snack or dessert that really does taste like the inside of a Homemade Apple Pie.
When my children were babies I made homemade applesauce for them all the time. Then life got busy and I started purchasing it in those cute little containers to put in their lunch boxes.
However, over the weekend, we stopped by a local farm and purchased apples and I decided to make applesauce again and share the recipe here on my site.
Applesauce is not only great to serve as dessert, but it pairs nicely with savory recipes as well. As an example, the next time you're preparing pot roast or barbecue chicken, serve applesauce as a side dish.
Crock Pot or Instant Pot?
One of the reasons why I love this recipe, is because you can make the applesauce in the crock pot or the instant pot.
Homemade applesauce is one of the easiest things to cook and with an instant pot you can enjoy it in just 20 minutes! This honey and cinnamon version is a nice spin on a classic that you’ll love.
Whichever way you decide to make the applesauce you'll love how your house will smell while the apples cook.
What are the Best Apples to use for Applesauce?
The following apples are perfect to make applesauce because they are a sweet apple. You want to try to use a sweet apple for applesauce so you don’t have to add too much sugar to the apples while they cook.
- Rome Beauty
- Golden Delicious
You can also check out this post I did on How to Choose the Best Apples for Baking and Eating to help you decide which apples to select once they start appearing in the grocery store or local farmer's market.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
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- Instant Pot - remember there are instructions for both the instant pot and crock pot for this recipe.
- Crock Pot
- Veggie peeler
- Apple Corer
Exact measurements are listed below in the recipe card. Make sure you scroll down to print and save the recipe for later!
- 3 lbs (or 5 medium-large) apples
- Ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
Instant Pot Directions
Instructions for the Crock Pot method are at the bottom of this post!
Peel and core the apples then cut them into even-sized chunks. Place the apple pieces into the pressure cooker pot then sprinkle in the cinnamon and salt, then pour in the honey and then the water.
Give the ingredients a good stir until well combined. Place the lid on the instant pot/pressure cooker and set the valve to Sealing then press Pressure Cook, High and for 5 minutes.
Once the cooking time has completed allow to sit for 5 minutes then turn valve to Venting to do a quick release and allow all of the pressure to release.
Carefully open the lid away from your face.
How to Serve Applesauce
If the applesauce is too liquidy for your taste you can set the pressure cooker to sauté and cook it down to your desired thickness. Taste and adjust honey if desired.
Cooking Tip: Use a potato masher or an Immersion Blender to mash the applesauce to your desired consistency.
Serve applesauce warm or allow to cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This applesauce will keep fresh in the fridge for about a week — if it lasts you that long.
Crock Pot Applesauce Directions
Combine all the ingredients into a crock pot that's been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until the apples are cooked down. Serve as is for chunky styled applesauce or use a potato masher for finer applesauce.
Tips on Freezing Homemade Applesauce
One of the things I love most about this recipe is it's so easy to freeze! Here are a few freezing tips to follow:
- Wait until the applesauce has cooled completely.
- Spoon the cooled applesauce into freezer-safe containers.
- You can also use freezer-safe bags! This is really great if you don't have a lot of room in your freezer.
- Homemade applesauce can last up to two months stored in the freezer, however, you should not refreeze it once it has thawed.
Frequently Asked Recipe Questions
Remove the container or bag from the freezer and place in the refrigerator overnight or for several hours. If the water in the applesauce separates a little, stir the applesauce to bind everything together to its original texture. Do not refreeze defrosted applesauce.
Homemade applesauce stored in an air-tight container should last for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
A few Other Instant Pot Recipes
- BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- Weekly Meal Plan - Keto Friendly Instant Pot Recipes
- Thanksgiving Side Dishes using the Instant Pot
- 3 lbs (or 5 medium-large) red apples
- 1 cup of water
- ½ to 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup of honey
- large pinch of salt
- Peel and core the apples then cut them into even-sized chunks.
- Place the apple pieces into the pressure cooker pot then sprinkle in the cinnamon and salt, then pour in the honey and then the water.
- Give the ingredients a good stir until well combined.
- Place the lid on the pressure cooker and set the pressure cooker valve to Sealing then press Pressure Cook, High and for 5 minutes.
- Once the cooking time has completed allow to sit for 5 minutes then turn valve to Venting to do a quick release and allow all of the pressure to release.
- Carefully open the lid away from your face.
- Use a potato masher to mash the applesauce to your desired consistency, or you can also use a stick blender to blend until completely smooth.
- If the applesauce is too liquidy for your taste you can set the pressure cooker to sauté and cook it down to your desired thickness.
- Taste and adjust honey if desired.
- Serve warm or allow to cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Instructions on how to make this recipe using the crock pot:
- Combine all the ingredients into a crock pot that's been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
- Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until the apples are cooked down.
- Serve as is for chunky styled applesauce or use a potato masher for finer applesauce.
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Serving Size:½ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g
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This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2013 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I'm also including instructions on how you can make applesauce using the instant pot. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!