The Best Homemade Applesauce Recipe

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Just last week I was thinking to myself, “Wow, it’s been a while since any of us have gotten sick…. now watch me completely jinx our healthy streak”. And yes I did. I jinxed it. It wasn’t but a day later that Miss E started to come down with a cold, then I got it and now Little Man has the sniffles too. Thankfully it’s nothing too horrific but enough where we want to lay low, keep some Kleenex close by and make my Grandma’s homemade applesauce recipe.  You see, whenever I got sick as a kid my mom would always ask me what I wanted to eat to help me feel better, and my response was always, “My Grandma’s Homemade Applesauce”. It’s the best applesauce you have ever tasted. It’s chunky, full of flavor and just hits the spot and makes you feel all warm and cozy inside. To this day, it is one of my favorite dishes and it’s the first thing I think about when I’m not feeling well.

So today, as we officially enter into cold and flu season in our household, I thought I’d share my Grandma’s Homemade Applesauce Recipe with you. So be sure to pin it for those days when you need something to warm you up!

The Best Homemade Applesauce Recipe via @tarynatddd

This recipe is one of the easiest recipes you will ever follow. After all, it only includes three ingredients. It’s just all about the little details that makes this recipe so special.


I’ve mentioned several times before that my Grandma grew up on an apple orchard in Eastern Washington and I consider her the apple expert. She knows what type of apples to use for everything and she ALWAYS uses Golden Delicious Apples for her applesauce and for baking. So naturally that’s what I did.  For best results, she suggests letting your apples ripen on your counter until they start to turn a little yellow. Mine were still pretty green but the applesauce still turned out great.

For this recipe, 10 apples will yield about 2 quarts of applesauce.


Peel and core the apples and slice them evenly.

Applesauce in Pan

Place the apples in a large pot and then fill it with about 2″ of water. Place it on the stove on low heat (I put mine on a 3) and then let it simmer for 1-2 hours stirring about every 15-30 minutes. The apples will eventually start to form a sauce. Our family has always made this recipe with apple chunks, so we remove it from the heat while there are still some visible chunks of apple. After you remove it from the heat, sprinkle about 1 TBSP of cinnamon on top and then pack it away into a large bowl or can it for later!

Flighting Cough and Cold Flu Season With Kleenex

Mmm this applesauce hits the spot everytime!

So this my friends is how we fight cold and flu season around our house. All we need is a big box of Kleenex, a bowl of homemade applesauce and a warm and cozy home to cuddle in.

The Best Homemade Applesauce Recipe
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 2 quarts
The best homemade applesauce recipe made with Golden Delicious Apples.
  • - 10 Golden Delicious Apples
  • - About 3 Cups of Water
  • - 1 TBPS of Cinnamon
  1. Peel, core and slice the apples.
  2. Place them in a large pot and fill it with about 2 inches of water.
  3. Heat the pot on low and let it simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring every 15-30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat when most of the apples have turned into sauce but large chunks are still visible.
  5. Top with cinnamon and serve or pack away for later.

Homemade Applesauce Recipe via @tarynatddd

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How do you fight cold and flu season in your home?

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses primarily on DIY home decor, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds, using what’s on hand and transforming dollar store finds. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 2 year old daughter and newborn son.


  1. JaneEllen says

    So sorry to hear your family has ickies. Sure hope you’ll all be feeling better very soon.
    This looks so easy and delicious I had to print it all out, including the pictures you showed. I have to see how it’s done, don’t trust this memory like I used to. Take care and get to feeling much better. Can’t be sick for Thanksgiving.


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