• Stephanie Dorfman, MS, RD

Homemade Applesauce - Super Simple One Ingredient Recipe

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

Looking for a super simple one ingredient recipe? Here it is - quick, easy, tasty, smooth or chunky, you know exactly what is in it - homemade applesauce!


  • Apples, just apples!! No exact number, just however many you have around, which may be a bunch (or bushel if you will) if you have taken advantage of apple picking season! I have made it with red, green, and a mix of red and green apples before - haven't tried it with yellow yet.

** Bonus points if you comment below how many apples are in a bushel...


  1. Wash apples

  2. Cut apples into pieces that will fit in your pot - nothing special here and no need to peel! Yup! This is an applesauce recipe with skin (easy peasy)

  3. Place apple pieces in the pot on medium heat and add some water (this will depend on how full of apples your pot is - but usually I just pour ~1/4 cup of water, just to cover the bottom of the pot and create some steam - the water will steam away as the apples are cooking)

  4. Cover the pot and lower the heat - let those apples steam and soften for ~15 min, stirring every once in a while to make sure they are not sticking to the bottom of the pot

  5. Once apples are done steaming and are soft enough to mush, let them cool down, and then place in a blender or food processor, and blend until the desired consistency is reached

  6. Pour finished applesauce into a container and store in the fridge. OR if you made too much applesauce to enjoy right now, store your applesauce in the freezer until you run out of the first batch in the fridge

Alright friends, we have some applesauce options here:

* If you like your applesauce cinnamon-y, add as much or as little cinnamon as you like to the pot while the apples are steaming. You can also add cinnamon after the apples are transferred to the blender/food processor. If you like a "spicier" variety, you can experiment with herbs and spices like fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, or nutmeg.

*If you do not have a blender or food processor the apples should be super soft after steaming, so you should be able to mash them with a utensil like a potato masher.

*If you like your applesauce a little sweeter/more sour, feel free to taste it after blending and see what it needs! This is not a hard and fast recipe here. Add some sugar, maple syrup, honey, agave, brown sugar, etc for extra sweetness or some lemon juice to tone down the sweetness.

*If you find plain ol' apples to be a little boring - get crazy by adding other fruits or veggies to the pot to steam! Try a pear applesauce or strawberry applesauce.

*If you have some mushy, bottom of the barrel apples on hand, this is a great recipe to use them in! They're going to get mushed up and blended up anyway, so instead of throwing them away, use them here!

*If you don't know what to do with all of your applesauce (besides enjoying it with a spoon...) here are some ideas!

  • Use it in baked good! Double check with the recipe you are making, but usually applesauce can be subbed in for oil or butter ingredients when baking

  • Look for recipes like applesauce bread, applesauce cookies, applesauce cake, applesauce muffins - you can open an entire applesauce bakery if you want!

  • Make potato pancakes and use it as a dipping sauce

  • Freeze it!! Before it sits in your fridge too long and goes bad, put it in the freezer until you are in the mood and ready to eat it

To wrap things up - this is a very basic applesauce recipe.

But the best part of making this yourself is that you can make it as exciting as you want! And, you always know the exact ingredients going into it!

Looking for more one ingredient recipes? Do you have one ingredient recipes to share with me? Reach out!
Have more nutrition questions? I would love to hear them! Feel free to schedule a free discovery call so we can connect!

Anddddd here is what mine looked like! Literal apple mush - doesn't look the prettiest but tastes great! Also - definitely tastier once it has sat in the fridge, rather than straight out of the blender (but I have eaten it from the blender before - no rules!)