Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with some fresh and easy homemade applesauce.

By: Jodie Shield, RDN

It may take years for apple trees to grow, but it takes only minutes to make my homemade applesauce. Plus, it’s way yummier and healthier than the stuff you buy in the stores. No need to add sugar; fresh, crisp apples are naturally sweet – thank you Johnny Appleseed!  I use this recipe to make applesauce bread and applesauce cake, too. You’re going to fall in love with this saucy little fruit.

 Super Easy Homemade Applesauce

8 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • 3 pounds apples (Fuji, pink ladies, golden delicious – whatever is fresh!)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups water


  1. Peel and chop apples into about 1-inch cubes.
  2.  Place apples, cinnamon, and water into large pot; bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover with lid. Simmer apples for about 20 – 30 minutes or until soft.
  3. Remove mixture from heat and mash with potato masher for chunkier applesauce, or put in a food processor or blender for smoother texture.

Nutritional Information per serving (½ cup):

64 calories, 0 grams protein, 17 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 2 grams fiber, 0 milligrams sodium

Note recipe originally developed for Kmart Playdate Place, September 2013.

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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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