I have always enjoyed applesauce, but after having a baby it went from an occasional healthy snack to a household staple. Not only does my baby love it plain as an afternoon snack but we add this cinnamon recipe into oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, and homemade baking such as muffins. It is the perfect sweetener to a lot of these foods without adding any refined sugars your child (and even yourself) shouldn’t be eating much of and the cinnamon not only adds some great flavor but provides a nice wellness boost as well with it’s anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant properties.
Okay so why make it from scratch when buying it is so easy? Flavor (seriously, this recipe tastes like apple pie filling – the house will smell like it too) and because you can control the ingredients. Once I started making homemade applesauce I knew I would never turn back. It’s not that I don’t like store bought, but homemade is truly that much better and so easy! This one in particular is just three ingredients: apples, cinnamon and water. Most recipes you see online incorporate some lemon juice to add back in the acidity you lose when cooking the apples, but I prefer it without! You can keep this recipe in the fridge for a week, maybe longer and it also freezes so easy. I like to make up a bigger batch like this and set some aside for the fridge and the rest I put into a few different freezer ziplocks to freeze for when we need more.
Stovetop Cinnamon Applesauce
- 2 lbs apples
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Peel, core and slice or chop apples – they will get pureed so it doesn't need to be pretty, just keep your pieces relatively similar sizes.
- Add all ingredients to a large enough pot and turn burner to medium heat and cover. Stir every 5-10 minutes to make sure apple chunks all get even cooking time toward the bottom of the pan in liquid. Cook about 30 minutes until apple pieces are soft.
- Use an immersion blender to puree everything together – if you are worried about scratching the pot used, transfer ingredients to a bowl before blending. You can also use a regular blender if you have one large enough!