Cooking with the Kids: Homemade Unsweetened Cinnamon Applesauce

November 20, 2015

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Homemade unsweetened cinnamon applesauce is quick and easy to make, has just three ingredients, and no added sugar. 

homemade unsweetened applesauce

Guess what?! I have another apple recipe for you today* and this time it’s one I know your kids will love. In fact, my kids made this recipe with me, which was more than half the fun.

*Did you see these other apples we made post apple picking? Check out my Spiced Quinoa with Roasted Apples and Root Vegetables and Apple Peanut Butter Pancakes with Sautéed Cinnamon Apples.

making homemade applesauce with the kids

I don’t know about you, but my kids loooove applesauce. It’s one of the first table foods they ate and almost four years later they still ask for it multiple times a week. I always keep a jar of unsweetened applesauce in my pantry, but in the fall I try to make my fresh homemade version whenever possible (especially after apple picking)!

Don’t have kids? Don’t click over to another page just yet. This recipe is for everyone of any age. It makes a great accompaniment to grilled chicken, it’s a lower sugar flavor boost when stirred into plain yogurt, and with Hanukkah coming up, it’s the perfect side for those potato latkes everyone’s going to be making!

homemade unsweetened applesauce

And you know what else? This homemade unsweetened cinnamon applesauce recipe is really quick and easy to make, made with three simple ingredients (two if you don’t count the water!), has no-added sugar, and makes your house smell amazing!

So let’s get to it!

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Homemade Unsweetened Cinnamon Applesauce

Homemade unsweetened cinnamon applesauce is quick and easy to make, has just 3 ingredients, and no added sugar. Plus you get a fiber boost from the apple peel!
Course Condiment, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 15 servings, 1/2 cup
Author Jessica Levinson


  • 3 to 4 pounds apples
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. Cut washed apples in half to remove core. Then cut into big chunks and add to a large soup pot. 

  2. Add water and cinnamon to pot and stir to mix.

  3. Over high heat, bring apples and water to boil. Reduce to medium heat and boil for about 10 to 15 minutes, until apples are very tender. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

  4. Carefully pour apple mixture into food processor and pulse until smooth. Enjoy!

Homemade unsweetened cinnamon applesauce recipe

Do you ever make your own applesauce?

What’s your favorite way to enjoy it?

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  1. Your girls are soooo cute!! My kids have always loved applesauce and the only time I’ve ever made it homemade is in small batches when I was making baby food for them! I have to get back into making it now that they are older, great recipe!

  2. […] produce during the fall and winter months because they are not in season and I’d rather buy apples, pears and citrus fruits since they are more flavorful at that time of […]

  3. What a perfect fall recipe to make with your daughters! I don’t know any kids who don’t love applesauce, so this is a great family activity!

  4. This sounds so good and so easy!! I’ve always wanted to make my own but always end up buying it. I’m definitely going to try these, especially with all the beautiful apples available right now!

  5. What cute girls! I love that they are already so excited about the kitchen. I remember the first time I made applesauce – I couldn’t believe how easy it was!

  6. I used to make homemade applesauce with my friend and her mom! The cinnamon flavor is definitely where it’s at!