Lightly spiced and loaded with cozy fall apple flavors, this easy big batch-style stovetop applesauce cooks in minutes on the stove and is the perfect way to use up all those fall apples!
Because EVERYONE needs at least one classic applesauce recipe in their fall recipe arsenal!
And in case you’re wondering…yes, apple production is still in full swing over here but the situation is starting to get kind of dire. So many apples still yet to use and not enough time to make ALL the apple things.
I’m gettin’ there though. You might notice that apples have been plentiful around the blog lately. 😉
So a few weekends ago I decided I needed to get serious about using up my ridiculously-huge amount of apples and I totally came upon the perfect solution.
It starts with apples and ends with SAUCE. ♥
When fall gives you tons of apples…make multiple batches of big-batch stovetop applesauce!
And I totally have. So much sauuuuuuuce!
And I mean the plain and simple kind of sauce. No frills and super-basic just like a good ‘ol classic stovetop applesauce should be.
This applesauce is lightly flavored with a few different kinds of spices, as well as a little lemon juice, but for the most part the apple flavor just shines through. As applesauce SHOULD be. 😀
You can use really whatever kind of apples you wish in this applesauce. I’ve tested this recipe with Honey Crisps, Cortlands, and Ambrosias, so just use whatever kind you have on hand! Remember, this is a big-batch applesauce, so you’re going to need about 5 lbs of whatever kind you choose.
Also a little trick I use to get even more apple flavor: Cook your apples in apple cider for the liquid!—it adds SO much more deep apple flavor.
Even though this recipe makes a nice-sized amount of applesauce, I’m totally not lying when I say that it’s gonna vanish…FAST!
For that reason, I like to make double-batches of this applesauce just for the intent purpose of sticking half of it in the freezer for later.
I’m absolutely in apple-power-cook mode right now. 😀
Gosh, I love this applesauce. It’s kind of perfect. ♥
Moving on to today’s video!
Video creds go to a certain little bro of mine named Michael whom I recently hired as my video cameraman. We’re still working out a few kinks, but thus far what do you guys think?
We’re currently working on a few more videos that I seriously cannot wait to share with y’all! Find us on Youtube!
??? Now let’s all eat some applesauce!! ???
Big-Batch Stovetop Applesauce (and a video!)
- 5 lbs apples peeled, cored, and sliced (10-12 medium apples)
- 1-1/2 cups apple cider
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often until apples are very tender and beginning to break down, about 15 minutes.
- Transfer apples and any liquid still in the pan into a high-speed blender. Puree on high speed several seconds or until applesauce is completely smooth. Enjoy applesauce warm or refrigerate until cold.
If you make this recipe, be sure to tag your photo #wholeandheavenlyoven on Instagram. And follow me so we can be friends! ♥
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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
My husband was just asking me to make applesauce the other day since I haven’t made any this year! Your version sounds delicious, Sarah! I’ve never thought to puree it in a blender before! And great job on your video!
Thanks Gayle! The blender seriously makes the applesauce so smooth and perfect!
Rachel @ Bakerita says
Yay for all the applesauce!! It looks so delicious and I love your video!
Thanks Rachel! 🙂
Emilie @ Emilie Eats says
Well this just looks incredible!! It’s funny; my favorite food was (and is) apples, but I always hated applesauce. I finally came around to my senses, but I’m sure nothing compares to homemade applesauce! Can’t wait to try this.
Homemade applesauce is SO worth a little extra work! Storebought doesn’t even compare! 🙂 Let me know if you give this one a try and what you think, Emilie!
Nora @ Savory Nothings says
Apple sauce should be a food group in my opinion! And I love your video, how awesome that you and your brother are doing them together!
Gah, YES! Finally someone else who understands the level of amazing-ness of applesauce! 🙂
Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says
My mother is the queen of applesauce-making and she also cooks up large batches. She also makes pear sauce, and it’s my absolute fave. I have only made applesauce once, but that’s about to change!! 😉 Looks perfect!
Ooh pear sauce is another fav of mine! I haven’t made any so far this year though! How awesome that your mom makes large batches of applesauce too! 😉
Jessica @ Sweetest Menu says
This is neat Sarah! I need an apple sauce recipe. Your video is really cool too!!
Thanks so much Jessica! xoxo 🙂
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
I can’t get enough of apples and love homemade apple sauce. When I lived in New England, we went apple picking every fall and would come home with huge trashbags full of apples and then made a large batch of homemade apple sauce. Love the video too!
Nothing beats picking your own apples!! And then of course, the anticipation of all the goodies you’re going to make with them! 😉
Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Allergy Friendly Eats says
I LOVE homemade applesauce! Love that you used coconut sugar here, that’s great!
Thanks Kelly! You definitely need to give this one a try!
Homemade applesauce sounds so good right now, and I like that it makes quite a bit. The spices in this sound perfect!
Bigger batches are ALWAYS better, right? Thanks Amanda!
I adore homemade applesauce and yet for whatever reason haven’t made any in years. Years!! haha Ridiculous. This looks so so good!
It’s SO easy to make, you should definitely change that asap, Ashley! 🙂
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
I love that you made a big batch of applesauce! It looks so smooth and gorgeous! Perfect for all the apples we have right now! Loved your video too 🙂
Thanks so much Kelly! This applesauce is hands-down the best way to use up a bunch of apples!
Annie @ Annie's Noms says
I’ve never made applesauce before, but this looks wonderful! I’m obsessed with applesauce on my oatmeal in the morning at the moment and am going to have to try this!
Homemade applesauce is so much fun, Annie! I so want to try your tip for putting it in morning oatmeal!
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says
Mmmm this looks perfect. There’s nothing better than homemade applesauce! I wish we had fresh apples to pick around here!
Thanks so much Jess! Wish I could send a ton on over to you!
Neeli @ Neeli's Unique Creations says
Homemade applesauce is the best and it’s so simple and easy to make. Store-bought doesn’t compare and it’s too watery. When you make it from scratch you can control how thick it turns out.
Agreed! Storebought applesauce just doesn’t even compare to homemade!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
A perfect way to use up apples! I love homemade applesauce. Your recipe looks scrumptious!
Thanks so much Kathy! You’re too kind. 😀
Jean Nowak says
A bowl of warm homemade applesauce with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream is soooo satisfying.
Jean Nowak says
A bowl of warm homemade applesauce with a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes a super yummy dessert!