Cinnamon Stick Applesauce

by Marla on March 10, 2011 · 157 comments

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Homemade organic applesauce recipe with cinnamon, lemon, apples

I have a secret to tell you. Just a few short years ago homemade applesauce was a mystery to me. I would buy jars of unsweetened, organic applesauce but I did not make my own. All it takes is coring a bunch of apples, boiling them up in some water and adding a pinch of spices (or in this case a cinnamon stick.) Depending the sweetness of your apples, you might add a smidge of natural sweetener too. The lesson I learned as soon as I made my first batch was how simple, quick and easy it is to make your own. It tastes better when you make it yourself and your house smells delicious as it cooks.

Fresh Honey Crisp apples in colander

Not too long after I started my blog I became online friends with Liz Weiss and Janice Bissex the lovely women behind the website Meal Makeover Moms. They are both registered dietitians and busy moms. We share a similar philosophy regarding the meals we prepare for our families. It is essential for us to cook healthy, delicious food for the ones we love.

Fresh Pink Lady apples for homemade applesauce recipe.

They recently published a book called No Whine with Dinner (love that name.) In this book they share 150 easy to follow recipes that were cooked up by moms and taste tested by their kids. The idea behind that all that testing was to find recipes even the pickiest eaters would love.

Homemade applesauce recipe with cinnamon stick and yogurt dots. Liz and Janice want to ensure that family meal time is happy, healthy and filled with great whole food ingredients. There is also a fun chapter called “50 Mom’s Secrets for Getting Picky Eaters to Try New Foods.”

Homemade applesauce recipe with cinnamon stick and yogurt dots.

I was so honored when they asked to feature my recipe for Cranberry Pear Applesauce in their “Bloggers Best” section in the book. These days I always have a big batch of homemade applesauce on hand. Not only do we love to snack on it, I also love to use it in baking. Applesauce adds sweetness, flavor and a nice crumb to baked goods. It also reduces the fat needed in cakes, muffins, cookies, etc.

Homemade applesauce recipe with cinnamon stick and yogurt dots.

I also use it as a dip for my morning stuffed french toast instead of maple syrup. My kids love it in their lunch boxes. Next time you have oatmeal stir in some applesauce instead of sugar. Applesauce yogurt parfaits are fun too for breakfast, dessert or snacks.

Graphic with pink fleur de lis for Family Fresh Cooking

Cookbook by Liz Weiss and Janice Bissex

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This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Sue from Munchkin Munchies.

I have one copy to give to you. This giveaway is open to folks in the USA only please. Entries will close on Sunday March 13th at 12am PST. Winner will be chosen at random.org. You can also purchase the book at my Amazon store.

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Cinnamon Stick Applesauce

Makes about 48 ounces (12 half cup servings)

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  • Sweeten your applesauce to taste with your favorite natural sweetener. You might not need to at all. I like stevia powder. You can also use pure maple syrup, honey or sucanat (unrefined cane sugar.)
  • You can make your applesauce smooth or chunky, simply purée it until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Adjust water to make thicker or thinner. I have found that 3/4 cup of water per pound of apples is a middle ground for thickness.
  • My favorite apples are Pink Lady, Honey Crisp and Granny Smith. I generally use a combination of these when I make applesauce.
  • I keep the skins on the apples for added nutritional value, fiber and flavor. Once it is puréed you cannot even tell they are there.
  • Cooking the applesauce with the cinnamon stick really infuses the flavor into the sauce. If you do not have cinnamon sticks you can add a few pinches of ground cinnamon to taste towards the end of cooking time.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds your favorite Apples, cleaned, cored and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup Water per pound of apples
  • 1/2 Lemon or 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick

OPTIONAL GARNISH

  • fat free Greek Yogurt
  • Sour Cream
  • Spices: ground Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Dried Fruit: Raisins, Blueberries, Cranberries, tart Cherries

METHOD

In a heavy bottomed large pot add apples, water and cinnamon stick. Squeeze in lemon juice. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and let applesauce cool a bit. Take out the cinnamon stick. Purée in blender or food processor until desired consistency is achieved. Add more water if needed.

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1 Jeanette March 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Congratulations on having your applesauce included in No
Whine With Dinner! Homemade applesauce is the best! Haven’t made it
in a while, but you’ve just reminded me of how simple it is to make
and how good it tastes. I tweeted your giveaway and liked Meal
Makeover Mom’s facebook page.

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2 katie March 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm

You know, that’s pretty much my recipe right there. Sometimes I’ll get fancy and add some maple extract, but that’s usually it. I have an apple peeler/corer/slicer that has made this easy recipe even easier! Best $20 spent in a long time!

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3 Marla March 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Katie: I know my apple corer saves a bundle of time. Not sure why it took me forever to get that gadget!

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4 Catherine March 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I haven’t made my own applesauce but it is on my to do list for this year. Your recipe will give me the push I need to get started on it. :)

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5 Marla March 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Catherine: Do it, yes you can!! You will never buy jars from the store again ;)

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6 Catherine March 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I became a fan of Family Fresh Cooking on Facebook.

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7 Rachel March 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve never made homemade
applesauce, but I’ve been thinking about doing it lately and this
has given me more motivation. The cook book looks great, I would
love to win it!

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8 Rachel March 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I like you on FB! :)

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9 Rachel March 10, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I like meal makeover moms on FB. Love the recipes they
posted there too.

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10 food-4tots March 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Marla, your food presentation skill rocks! I totally agree
with you on preparing healthy and delicious meals for the family.
;)

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11 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit March 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I do make applesauce! My brother has a produce business. In
the fall, when he has loads of apples, I always stock my freezer
with applesauce made with mixtures of whatever kind of apples I can
get my hands on. My grandson likes it best plain, so that’s what I
make. No picky eaters here- they’ve all grown up and moved
out!

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12 kate March 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Your photos make the applesauce look like heaven on earth!
I can’t wait to try the recipe!

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13 Peggy March 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm

You reminded me too of how easy it is to make homemade applesauce. I haven’t made it in years, but the other day my 4-year-old daughter asked me if we could make it sometime so I think we will soon.
I would love to win the giveaway No Whine With Dinner; I would love to be cooking healthier meals for my daughter and hubby too.
Oh, I do have a question: Can you tell me where you got the cute paper applesauce cups? They look sturdier than cupcake liners and would be fun to use with kids.

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14 Marla March 11, 2011 at 5:53 am

Peggy. Hi! Your 4 year old will love homemade applesauce. She can help you pick out the apples at the farmers market or the store (or pick them from trees if you are lucky enough to have those!) She will love watching the process and then enjoying the sweet, fruity sauce.
The little white cups: I got those so long ago. Either it was a craft store like Michael’s in the baking or craft department or a baking supply store. Think I bought them for my daughter’s 4th b’day party and she is now 7. How time flies and my memory fades ;) Good luck finding them.

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15 Krissa March 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I do make my own…in the crockpot. So easy and I LOVE how good the house smells.

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16 Krissa March 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

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17 Krissa March 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I tweeted!

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18 Sonia@7spice March 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I love apple sauce. I eat a lot whenever I prepare it for baking. It tastes so good! And you’ve presented it very deliciously. :)

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19 delila gonzales March 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm

i have three picky eaters… one of which i am married to. lol. we love homemade apple sauce. and the kids love to help me cook it too… which we count as a daily art project.

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20 delila gonzales March 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm

im a FFC fan on FB

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21 delila gonzales March 10, 2011 at 10:28 pm

im an MMM fan on FB

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22 delila gonzales March 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

i subscribed

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23 Rosa March 10, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Homemade applasauce rules!

Cheers,

Rosa

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24 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 11, 2011 at 2:50 am

i LOVE the white swirls…that is just precious.

I made applesauce with whole apples, dash of cinnamon and agave into vitamix. 4 secs later, I am done :)

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25 Marla March 11, 2011 at 4:57 am

Averie: I still need a Vitamix bad. Vitamix do you hear me ;)
4 seconds is amazing, without even cutting the apples. Nice.

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26 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 11, 2011 at 2:51 am

twitter follower

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27 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 11, 2011 at 2:51 am

FB friend of yours

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28 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 11, 2011 at 2:52 am

FB fanned them

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29 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 11, 2011 at 2:52 am

tweeted it

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30 Lindsay March 11, 2011 at 3:55 am

I’ve never made homemade applesauce, I’ll have to give it a try.

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31 Katrina March 11, 2011 at 4:04 am

This sounds lovely! I’m Canadian so I can’t enter your giveaway. Good luck everyone!

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32 Heavenly Housewife March 11, 2011 at 4:17 am

Thank you for linking to my post daaahling. This applesauce looks fab, and I love the way you presented it, so sweet. I don’t qualify for your giveaway as I live in the UK, but do stop by my place and enter my giveaway for an $80 Amazon gift card!
*kisses* HH

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33 Avalon Cat Cartoons March 11, 2011 at 4:28 am

Hi Marla, I just discovered your blog through your guest post on Tidy Mom. What a nice surprise! You seem to be making what I love the most… and the pictures are beautiful too. I believe I will be back very often, but first I’m going to try to make your blueberry cake and the broccoli/cauliflower/avocado soup :-)

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34 Cori March 11, 2011 at 4:51 am

I don’t make it often, but when I do I add vanilla paste (just a little), ginger, cinnamon and a pinch of chipotle. I know it sounds weird but I like it. :-)

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35 Marla March 11, 2011 at 5:40 am

Cori: Love the idea of the vanilla paste and chipotle for a little kick. I need to try that.

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36 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 11, 2011 at 5:05 am

my mom always made us chunky homemade applesauce from apples from our garden…it was the best i’ve ever had! i still follow the same recipe (actually more of a method) today!

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37 Marla March 11, 2011 at 5:39 am

Heather: You are so right. Homemade applesauce is more of a method. Once you start doing it amazing the kinds of fruits and spices you can toss in that pot. Sweet memories of your mom.

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38 Tricia March 11, 2011 at 5:42 am

I have never made my own applesauce, but like you have always bought the unsweetened kind in a jar and added my own cinnamon. I’ll have to try out your recipe. It would be fun to make with my kids:)

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39 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 11, 2011 at 5:49 am

I only make homemade applesauce once in a while. I should do it more often!

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40 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 11, 2011 at 5:50 am

I follow you on Twitter.

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41 Clair March 11, 2011 at 5:50 am

I have never made my own applesauce, but my sister made some (canned the ol’ fashioned way), and it was the BEST applesauce I’ve ever tasted.

Your recipe looks so easy though, I am eager to try it!

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42 Marla March 11, 2011 at 6:35 am

Clair: I have gotta start canning this stuff. Liquid gold girl!

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43 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 11, 2011 at 5:50 am

Tweeted.

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44 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 11, 2011 at 5:51 am

I liked your FB page.

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45 GinnyRit March 11, 2011 at 5:52 am

I’ve never tried it, but you’ve inspired me! I’m organizing a binder of recipes by seasonal main ingredient, so I’m tucking this away in my apples section and will be ready when the bags and bags of apples arrive!

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46 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 11, 2011 at 5:52 am

I follow Janice and Liz on Twitter.

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47 GinnyRit March 11, 2011 at 5:52 am

I “liked” FFC on Facebook :-)

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48 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 11, 2011 at 5:53 am

I became a Meal Makeover Mom fan on FB.

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49 GinnyRit March 11, 2011 at 5:53 am

I “liked” MMM on Facebook :-) Thank you!!

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50 Patricia March 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

I love applesauce, but didn’t make it by my self yet! I’m going to give it a try this weekend!!!

I twitterd!

baci Patricia

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51 Amanda March 11, 2011 at 6:37 am

I have never made my own… but I might have to now that you have shared this amazing recipe!!

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52 See Nikki Cook March 11, 2011 at 6:41 am

I love making homemade applesauce–I also just started 2 years ago. I love just using apples, cinnamon and a bit of water. So tasty, blows the jarred stuff out of the water!

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53 Melissa @ Chocolate & Kisses March 11, 2011 at 7:35 am

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! It’s still new and I’m getting a feel for everything, but I appreciate any support! Love your blog, and especially your beautiful family, you are truly blessed!!

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54 Nicole, RD March 11, 2011 at 7:43 am

This is my favorite applesauce recipe: http://preventionrd.com/2010/09/15/what-to-do-when-you-have-a-lot-of-apples-part-2/

…crock pot! So simple!

Great giveaway, Marla!! Hope I win!!

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55 Nicole, RD March 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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56 Nicole, RD March 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

I’m a fan on Facebook!

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57 Tristan March 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

Marla- I found your site about 3 weeks ago and have become
an avid reader/follower! I love your recipes and commitment to
providing your family with delicious healthy food. My have 2 small
kids (4 and 3) and we are in the process of going sugar free. Since
they are still small, they don’t know to the full extent of what
has disappeared from the house (sugary cookies, chips, fruit
snacks) but they are loving all the fresh fruit and my huzzband
love the Telluride Trail Bars that I made last week! Thanks for all
the time and love you put into this site- It is helping me feed my
family better daily! *I just bought apples and will be making
homemade applesauce today!! Many thanks-Tristan

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58 carolinaheartstrings March 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

Great photos. You make it look so good and so easy. I have
never made homemade applesauce, but you make me want to
try.

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59 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

I do have a picky eater but she loves applesauce so I
should really try making some!

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60 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

I like you on fb!

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61 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

I follow you on twitter.

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62 Marci March 11, 2011 at 8:56 am

I have made applesauce once, but think I just winged the
recipe. Apples, cinnamon, water, boil and mash.

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63 Marci March 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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64 Megan March 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

You make a simple applesauce look so good. I love how you
decorate everything. I do make homemade applesauce and I like to
make a vanilla bean version. Next time I’m skipping the sugar and
I’m going to use Stevia.

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65 Angie March 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

This looks great, I haven’t made homemade apple sauce since
my son was a baby. Your photos are so cute!

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66 Heather March 11, 2011 at 9:31 am

Congrats on your “bloggers best” recipe feature! It is certainly well deserved.

I have never made my own applesauce before! Sounds like something you could really get creative with ingredient/flavor-wise. I’ll have to try it!

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67 Teawench March 11, 2011 at 9:46 am

Grats on your recipe being included in the book! I do make my own applesauce and my favorite recipe, other than just plain, is your pumpkin applesauce. And your cherry Earl Grey applesauce.

No need to enter me in giveaway.

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68 Jennifer March 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

I started making applesauce after I discovered your Cranberry Pear Applesauce recipe. I never realized how simple and delicious it is. Plus I had never tried honey crisp apples. Now they are my absolute favorite apples to use and eat.

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69 Anne - Cooking Through California March 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

I’ve never tried homemade applesauce but I’m all about
making as much as possible from home! I might try to adapt the
recipe for a slow cooker (because I love my slow cooker).

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70 Marla March 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

Anne: Lots of folks out there use their slow cookers for applesauce. I do not have one but I know your results will be fabulous. One of my readers mentioned she does the whole thing in her Vitamix blender. I love everyones creativity. We gotta work with the tools, gadgets and time we have.

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71 Jennifer N March 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

I make cooked apples sometimes, but I haven’t actually made
applesauce. I’m interested in trying your cranberry pear applesauce
recipe. I like the idea of serving french toast with applesauce
instead of syrup. My son is not a picky eater–unless something
looks green. =/

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72 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

We have been all about applesauce in our house lately. I
make a plain batch then stir in cinnamon at the end. The hubs adds
cinnamon sugar, but for me the sweetness of apples is just
perfect.

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73 Marla March 11, 2011 at 10:18 am

Heather: When I use ground cinnamon I generally stir it in at the end too. I think that might keep the spice a bit more intense.

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74 Myra Horst March 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

I have a very picky eater – and she’s not 2, she’s 14! She
does love applesauce, though. My mother made applesauce and I’m
thinking of trying this! Thank you!

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75 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

Marla, I love making homemade applesauce, and you’re right,
once you find out how to make it you realize how surprisingly
simple it is and how foolish it is to buy it from the store! And
yes, the aroma is tantalizing! Thanks for sharing this scrumptious,
simple recipe and the giveaway.

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76 megan @ whatmegansmaking March 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

This is a beautiful post. I can’t wait to make applesauce
in the fall. I didn’t make any last year and I really regret it.
Thanks for the tip about including the cinnamon stick in with it.
I”m going to save this post and refer back to it. Love it!!
:)

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77 the urban baker March 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

I have never done this and really, really need to. What a
great tip and what a fantastic giveaway. I am going to head over to
their blog and read all about Y-O-U! x

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78 Heather March 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I have not made apple sauce, but now I plan to
try!

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79 vicki March 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I have not tried homemade applesauce. i have always wanted
to try.

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80 vicki March 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

i have like you on fb family fresh cooking.

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81 vicki March 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

i liked meal makeover moms on fb.

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82 vicki March 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

i tried to make a new subscription, it would let me. i
already subscribe.

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83 Tanya March 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I have a semi-picky four year old. Selectively picky,
although he does eat a wide range of foods, luckily. Sounds like a
good book!

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84 Linda March 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I have made my own – it’s easy – just time consuming to cut
up all the apples. Definitely better than store bought :) I need to
remember to sub applesauce in baked goods – I always seem to
forget!!

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85 Marla March 12, 2011 at 5:35 am

Linda: If you can get an apple slicer/corer it makes it go so much quicker. Plus you don’t have to have the big chef’s knife out if you are around little kids. Here is the slicer I am talking about:

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86 Linda March 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I follow you on facebook.

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87 Linda March 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I am now following Meal Makeover Moms on facebook too. The
new cookbook sounds great!

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88 Jennifer @ Loving Bytes March 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Yum! Making some right now!

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89 Laurel March 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

How fun are these?! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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90 The Teenage Taste March 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I’ve never made homemade applesauce myself, but I want to. My favorite kind of applesauce is cinnamony and chunky so this would be perfect! Thanks for a great recipe and giveaway!

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91 Christy March 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I have made my own in the past. I didn’t really use a recipe, I just steamed some apples and then smooshed them with some cinnamon. My daughter loved it.

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92 Ally @ Sweet & Savory March 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Every fall I make batches of homemade cinnamon applesauce
and freeze it…unfortunatley it nevers last as long as I want it
to!

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93 Marla March 12, 2011 at 5:31 am

Ally: I need a freezer big enough to hold all the applesauce I would love to stow away. I know what you mean, it does not last long at all.

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94 Ally @ Sweet & Savory March 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I’m a fan on facebook!

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95 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I’ve always made homemade apple sauce, I watched both my
mother and my grandmother make it for me when I was a kid.
Apparently they couldn’t make enough of it to last more than a day
because I ate so much of it! I never use a recipe just go based on
how much juice the apples are giving off and how sweet they are.
But now as an adult I think I prefer pear sauce to apple, funny how
tastes change with age.

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96 Marla March 12, 2011 at 5:30 am

Sylvie: I love pear sauce too. Back this fall I made a Pear Spice Cake that had homemade pear sauce in it. Such a cute story about when you were a kid. I don’t usually measure the water either – just needed to give folks who have never made homemade applesauce an indicator of how much to use.

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97 5 Star Foodie March 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Such lovely presentation of this yummy homemade applesauce,
nice!

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98 Sue March 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I have made applesauce before, but don”t recall the
recipe. Thanks for renewed inspiration!

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99 Sue March 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I just signed up yesterday to subscribe to you via
email:)

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100 Kim B. March 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I currently do not make applesauce, but since my family
LOVES it am a little inspired to give it a try! Thanks for your
recipe & the nudge I needed :)

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101 Camille March 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm

No, I have never made homemade applesauce BUT have been
wanting to try it. I just need to do it! I have one very picky
eater in my house. Some days it makes me want to pull my hair out.
This book sounds awesome!

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102 Camille March 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I’m a fan of Family Fresh cooking on FB. :)

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103 Camille March 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Just liked Meal Makeover Moms on FB!

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104 A Canadian Foodie March 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Only you, Marla – seriously – ONLY you could make those doctor pill dose paper cups look so darn cute!!!
I have been swamped and knee deep in planning a local food conference for Slow Food Edmonton called Eat Alberta. Fun times. Good work and great purpose, but I miss my kitchen, cooking – I haven’t posted anything for over two weeks, and I miss reading YOU!
I am trying to catch up!
:)
Valerie

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105 Marla March 12, 2011 at 5:12 am

Valerie: You are hilarious! I bought those paper cups ages ago for my daughters 4th b’day. I had the kids all decorate cookies and those little white cups were for the sprinkles, frosting etc. I had not a clue how I wanted to style this applesauce and then I spotted them high on a shelf. Lost & found……
I miss your posts, but the Eat Alberta conference you are planning will be well worth your efforts! xo

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106 Angie's Recipes March 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I always want to do some homemade applesauce…this recipe comes just in time!

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107 Maria @ Scandifoodie March 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I love it, I’ll definitely want to make this now that apples are in season.

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108 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I get your emails!! :D

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109 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I love making my own Applesauce! All I do is throw a few apples into my Blend-Tec and blend away! It is delicious! :D

xoxo
Kathleen

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110 Marla March 12, 2011 at 5:28 am

Kathleen: Is a Blend-Tek like a Vitamix blender? I have never heard of it.

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111 Joanne March 12, 2011 at 6:02 am

My roommate often buys those big bags of apples at the
supermarket and whenever she fails to eat them before they start to
get soft, we make a BIG pot of applesauce. Mix in some vanilla and
cinnamon…it’s so incredibly more heavenly than anything you can
buy at the store. I’m loving your version also! The more cinnamon,
the better, in my opinion!

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112 Marly March 12, 2011 at 6:03 am

I’m in luck because my neighbor has this apple tree that
produces a LOT of apples. And it appears she has never done
anything with them. So this year I worked up the nerve to ask her
if I could pick them. She’s really shy so I don’t know her very
well and wasn’t certain how it would go. But she said yes and I
ended up with bushels of apples! And now we have about 20 big mason
jars full of applesauce. I agree with you that leaving the skins on
is just fine – doesn’t impact the taste at all. And as vegans, we
use a lot of applesauce in our recipes so I’m sure we’ll have no
problem getting through those jars. Great post!

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113 Megan March 12, 2011 at 6:32 am

I just stumbled across you blog on Twitter and I am so
glad! I love it! Your shots are absolutely gorgeous. Just the way
you set up the applesauce would be enough to have my kiddos begging
for a bite! I have never made my own applesauce before, but if I
were to do so, I would love to do cinnamon apple. Good luck with
the giveaway!

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114 lucky13lady March 12, 2011 at 8:12 am

Actually, the picky eater in my family is my husband! But
after seeing your recipe and gorgeous pics, I’ll be trying
home-made applesauce this weekend!

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115 Kim March 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

You make homemade applesauce sound so easy. I also have a
peeler/corer/slicer that I need to try out-I now have inspiration
to do so :) Thank you! kim

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116 Lisa March 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

I haven’t made homemade applesauce since my kids were
babies and I made all their baby food. I usually used golden
delicious apples and a very tiny dash of cinnamon. I guess I forgot
how yummy and easy it is. Thanks for the recipe – I will try it!
Thank you also for the giveaway.

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117 Lisa March 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

I like the Meal Makeover Moms on Facebook. :)

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118 Lisa March 12, 2011 at 9:20 am

I’m a Facebook fan of Family Fresh Cooking. :)

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119 Lisa March 12, 2011 at 9:22 am

I just signed up for a new email subscription to Family
Fresh Cooking. Thank you!

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120 Miranda March 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

I have never made applesauce but I’d love to try

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121 Miranda March 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

I follow Meal Makeover Moms on facebook

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122 Miranda March 12, 2011 at 9:50 am

Just subscribed to your blog

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123 Susan H March 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

First starting making applesauce back in the 70’s from a
recipe in a Houston newspaper. I made the applesauce to use in an
apple cake. No picky eaters in my house – just those that can not
eat everything. Between the low salt diet, the non dairy diet, and
the gluten free diet one might think I have picky eaters – just 3
family members with different health issues.

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124 Marla March 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Susan: Sounds like a lot of careful planning needs to go into the food you prepare for your family. Very good thing they are not picky eaters though! Thanks for stopping by & leaving such thoughtful comments :)

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125 Susan H March 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Became a fan of Family Fresh Cooking on Facebook

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126 Susan H March 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Become a fan of the Meal Makeover Moms on Facebook

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127 Susan H March 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Created a new FREE E-Mail Subscription to Family Fresh
Cooking

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128 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen March 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I started making my own apple sauce a couple of years ago
and I started with a roasted apple sauce and forever stuck with
roasted apple. It is lovely.

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129 Marla March 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Kulsum: Roasted applesauce? I am so on that. Anything I need to know to make it? Did you post it on your blog?

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130 Kristen March 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I’m not a big applesauce eater, but my mother-in-law
wouldn’t think of buying applesauce from the store and my kids
gobble hers up. Maybe I should break down and make it for
them!

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131 Marla March 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Kristin: After seeing all the amazing things you cook up for your kids this you could do with your eyes closed. Easy peasy.

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132 Barbara Bakes March 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I recently made applesauce in my pressure cooker and it was
cooked in only about 5 minutes. I also love using an immersion
blender to puree it in the pot. I’ve never tried it with the skins
on. I’ll have to give that a try. Congrats on being featured in the
cookbook! Love the way you’ve dressed them up.

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133 Marla March 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Barbara: I do not even own a pressure cooker. 5 minute applesauce-I love that! Come to think of it I also need an immersion blender. Or maybe just a trip to visit you in your kitchen ;) Gosh would that be fun!

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134 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) March 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I love the swirl garnish of yogurt/sour cream on top of the
applesauce cups! I love making my own applesauce in the fall with
freshly picked NY apples. I usually use my slow cooker and just add
cinnamon and maple extract. :)

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135 Marla March 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Liz: I have amazing memories of those crisp fall apples in NY. The slow cooker is a great idea for folks who cannot be around watching a pot on the stove.To walk into a steamy cooker of homemade applesauce after a long day would be heavenly.

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136 Miri Leigh March 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

This applesauce looks simply delicious- thanks so much for
sharing!

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137 Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) March 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I love the idea of using applesauce in oatmeal! Congrats on
your recipe being in the cookbook! What an honor! :)

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138 Baking Serendipity March 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Homemade applesauce reminds me of my mom :) She always made
it for us after we went apple picking in the fall.

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139 grace March 13, 2011 at 12:30 am

what a stellar book title and what a terrific batch of
applesauce. :)

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140 Cheri March 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

I became a fan of Family Fresh Cooking on Facebook!

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141 Cheri March 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

This applesauce recipe looks like a good one. I can’t wait to try it! Thank you.

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142 Kate @ Diethood.com March 13, 2011 at 9:21 am

I make applesauce probably once a month; I mostly use it for baking, sometimes for snacking, and we love it! I use a simple recipe – a bit of sugar, a pinch of cinnamon, a few apples, boiling water, and voila! :)
The picky eater, my 20 month old, loves it, too, so that’s a big bonus.

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143 teresa March 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Homemade applesauce!!!
Is there just no end!
Girlie~you are AMAZING!
Your food is sooooooo CUTE!
Not only is it HEALTHY…but it’s CUTE too!
Just like YOU!
xo

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144 Jennie March 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm

My mother has always made a ridiculous amount of homemade applesauce. As kids we’d all fight for the chance to spin the crank first (but after an hour or so everyone had had enough!) She didn’t add anything to it but apples, but when we’d eat it we’d add red hots or cinnamon sugar. Yum.

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145 Marla March 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Jennie: “Red hots or cinnamon sugar” – I love that! That is a treat my kids would never forget. They would love the crank. Gotta get a ricer over here so they can do that.

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146 Jennie March 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

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147 Jennie March 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Liked them on fb (Missy Sunson)

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148 Min {Honest Vanilla} March 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

This looks gorgeous! Love the little red band around the cups :) You do really ace in presentation!

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149 Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} March 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Looks so delicious. I love homemade applesauce my mom makes it often :) so I enjoy hers :)

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150 Deeba March 15, 2011 at 9:58 am

How wonderful to have your recipe included. Have to try
making my own. If a US address works, please do include my name in
the draw. Thank you

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151 Kristy March 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Applesauce is high on my list of things to try making this
summer when apples are in season! This recipe looks great! I will
have to try it because I LOVE cinnamon sticks. I most often use
them in Coconut Oatmeal.

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152 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom March 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Thanks for sharing No Whine with Dinner with your readers! You are the best!!!

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153 Jess March 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Yum, looks delicious! I love how you did it, the presentation really made it look whimsical!

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154 Katie October 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

I’ve been wanting to make my own applesauce for a long time.

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