Criss-Cross (Homemade) Applesauce

There is nothing criss-crossy about the applesauce I made. In fact, it’s pretty straight forward. After searching for the perfect applesauce recipe, I realized how ridiculous I was. The best applesauce is the simplest one.

As our first field trip, our toddler class went apple picking at the orchard. The toddlers had a blast, running through the orchard and trying their best to pick apples while I got a chance to get a big bag of apples. Win-win, right?

Apple-picking happiness
Apple-picking happiness
Little hands working hard.
Little hands working hard.

Simplest applesauce:


  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Half a glass of water

What’s Left?

1. Put everything in a medium saucepan. Cover and simmer.

2. Every five minutes or so, stir everything. If the mixture gets too dry (and looks like it might burn at the bottom of the saucepan), add a little bit more water. Always keep covered while cooking, to retain as much moisture as possible. You will know that the apples are ready when you can easily break through them with a spatula.

3. If you like chunky applesauce, break the apples roughly with a spatula or wooden spoon (or even a potato masher). If you want smoother applesauce (I did, per husband request), put everything through the blender.

4. Enjoy!

Chunky goodness.

During the week, I used the applesauce as a flavoring for my morning oatmeal. It had an interesting texture but the taste itself was perfect.

Quick oats + maple syrup + homemade applesauce = Yummy goodness!
Quick oats + maple syrup + homemade applesauce = Yummy goodness!

I hadn’t made applesauce in a long time but it was so easy to make, I definitely plan to make it again. If only I had tried it earlier in the apple-picking season!

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