Sweet and aromatic, this simple homemade cinnamon applesauce recipe is a delicious and healthy treat that will spice up any meal. Whether as a side for your main course, or a mouthwatering addition to quick breads and oatmeal, this simple cinnamon applesauce recipe is sure to hit the spot!
This easy applesauce recipe is as versatile as it is delicious. From oatmeal and muffins to toppings for pork chops, this simple cinnamon applesauce recipe has numerous applications in the homestead kitchen!
Full of healthy fiber and inflammation fighting antioxidants, apples are an abundant source of nutrients. Regular consumption of apples is thought to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer.
In addition, they are believed to help boost other functions within the body, specifically within your brain and gut.
I try to keep this cinnamon applesauce on hand, but it’s hard to keep it from disappearing in our house! It has definitely made its way to being a coveted staple in my kitchen, and I have a feeling it might soon be one of yours too! 😉
History of Apples in the North America
Apple trees in North America have a long history that goes all the way back to a group of French Jesuits who brought and planted seeds here in the late sixteenth century. Young trees were even brought over closer to 1620, when the pilgrims settled in Massachusetts.
Apples, though not native to North America, quickly became a staple on many farms and homesteads! Due to their versatility in home kitchens, their nutrient contents, as well as their ability to store for long periods of time, apples were essential for the survival of many people during much of the early history of settling North America. When all else failed, they could even be fed to livestock!
Apples were so common for decades, that it is not uncommon to find old trees still living on sites where homesteads from days of yore used to stand.
Tools for the Job
Medium sized pot – I prefer using stainless steel for this recipe, and in my kitchen generally speaking, but any medium sized pot will work.
Sturdy mixing spoon – You will want a sturdy spoon to use for mixing the apples as they’re cooking. I like these wooden spoons and use them all the time in my kitchen!
Peeler – If you choose to peel your apples for this homemade cinnamon applesauce recipe, then having a peeler is super helpful!
Sharp knife – As with most things in the kitchen, having a sharp knife makes every job easier!
Measuring spoons – Having good measuring spoons makes working in the kitchen run so much more smoothly.
Blender – I like having a blender to puree the apples once they’ve been cooked. It makes it super easy to get that smooth, saucy texture I like in my applesauce!
Ingredients You Will Need
4-5 apples (I like fuji)
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 cups water
How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
Peeling and Dicing –
First, you will want to peel and dice your apples into 1 inch pieces. While it is more beneficial, from a nutrient perspective, to keep the peels on, I find that if I utilize the peels from all 5 apples the finished sauce has an off texture. That said, you are welcome to keep the peels on all your apples to retain the maximum health benefits! Personally, I prefer to peel half and leave the skin on half. That way I still have some of the health benefits from the skin, but don’t get the off texture. Plus, you can always use those cores and peels for making homemade apple cider vinegar. 😉
Cooking the Sauce –
Once the apples are diced (and peeled), throw them in a medium sized pot.
Add the water, cinnamon and sugar. Give the pot a good stir to fully incorporate the ingredients.
Cook the apples on medium heat, stirring occasionally until soft. This usually takes anywhere from 20-30 minutes. It goes faster if you keep a lid over the pot while it’s cooking.
Once the apples are soft, turn off the heat and let it cool until it’s about room temperature. If it’s a little warmer that’s fine too. We just don’t want it piping hot for the next step (ask me how I know).
Pureeing and Serving –
Once the apples have cooled off, pour the mixture into a blender and puree until it reaches your desired consistency. I prefer mine pretty smooth, with minimal large chunks.
All that’s left is to serve this delicious homemade cinnamon applesauce!
For fun flavor variations, try adding some dehydrated raisins or cranberries and chopped pecans at serving!
You could also omit the sugar and cinnamon, leaving a plain applesauce which works beautifully as baby food. My little one couldn’t get enough of homemade applesauce when she was first learning to eat solid foods!
Other Homestead Kitchen Recipes You Might Enjoy
- 4-5 apples (I like Fuji)
- 3 cups water
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- Peel and dice apples into 1 inch pieces.
- Add all ingredients to a medium sized pot, and mix until incorporated.
- Cook on medium heat with lid on, stirring occasionally.
- Once apples are soft, turn off the heat and let the apples cool.
- After they are cool, pour the contents of the pot (water and apples) into a blender and puree to desired consistency.
Tastes wonderful when served with crushed pecans and/or raisins.
Can also add other dried fruit at serving, such as cranberries, for another fun flavor spin!
You could also leave out the cinnamon and sugar, using just apples and water. This makes a wonderful baby food for little ones!