So many recipes out there for applesauce include sugar or another natural or artificial sweetener. I’ve always wondered why, when apples are sweet and delicious on their own. Fall is also my favorite time of the year. While others are buying Pumpkin Spice everything, I’m taking the family to our favorite local U-Pick Apple Farm for our favorite Gala apples. Other than just eating them fresh this is the main thing I make with them. Served warm, this applesauce is like eating hot apple pie, without the crust and sugar. It’s so good, especially on a cool Fall evening.
This recipe is so incredibly simple. All you need are apples, water and cinnamon (which is not required)!
I start with chopping up 4 apples (makes about a cup of applesauce), adding a tablespoon of water and 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon! For large batches I tend to use one bag of apples and grab my handy apple peeler and simply increase the water and cinnamon!
Put the ingredients in a pot and bring to boiling. I lower the heat to medium and continue to cook until the apples are tender and starting to break up into sauce on their own.
Now, you can choose if you want your applesauce a little chunky or smooth. I like it chunky, so I place about half of the apples into my blender and blend until smooth, then return them to the pot with the chunky apples and mix together. When making larger batches I do sometimes add a little more water to the blender!
And that’s all there is to it. I am personally not much of a canner. But when I make larger batches I place them into smaller half pint mason jars, leave about an inch of space at the top, and freeze them.
Easy Cinnamon Applesauce
- 4 Apples I use Gala apples
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Peel apples and place into pot with water and cinnamon
- Bring to a boil and lower the heat to medium
- Cook until apples are tender and starting to mash with your spoon
- Place half (or all) of your apples into a blender and blend until smooth, and return them to your chunky apples and stir to mix.
- Enjoy warm, refrigerate or freeze
I hope you enjoy!