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Homemade Strawberry Applesauce

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  • More Applesauce Recipes
  • Can this recipe be doubled?
  • Can I use other berries in this applesauce recipe?
  • Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker?
  • This Homemade Strawberry Applesauce is super simple to make and only requires 4 ingredients and no added sugar. Kids and adults are both sure to love this delicious applesauce.

    Homemade Strawberry Applesauce close up as an overhead picture into a mason jar.

    Homemade Strawberry Applesauce Recipe

    You definitely don’t need to make your own applesauce however it can be fun and save you some money. During the fall when apples are in season it is definitely a time saver.

    Homemade applesauce allows you to control the flavors and avoid the high sugar content you will find in the applesauces at the grocery store. It’s also a fun recipe to make with kids.

    Homemade Strawberry Applesauce Ingredients

    This simple vegan, gluten free, dairy free, no sugar added recipe has only a few ingredients. For this stovetop recipe you will need:

    • Apples- any sweet, crisp, red apple such as Gala, Cosmic Crisp, etc.
    • Strawberries- fresh strawberries if they are in season or frozen strawberries will also work
    • Lemon- for fresh lemon juice
    • Cinnamon- either cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon

    How to Make Homemade Strawberry Applesauce

    Step One: Prep apples and strawberries

    To start, wash the apples and strawberries (if using fresh strawberries. Then, peel and chop the apples. Next, remove the stems and slice the strawberries.

    Step Two: Start cooking fruit

    Combine the apples and strawberries in a saucepan. Then, add the juice from one lemon and cinnamon stick or cinnamon spice. Stir it up and start cooking! Cook over medium/high heat to bring to a simmer then lower heat and let cook until apples are super tender. This will take about 20 minutes. Be sure to lower the heat so that it doesn’t boil over onto your stove. Here is what it will look like:

    Cooking applesauce on the stove in a sauce pan. In the pan is chopped apples, strawberries, lemon juice and a cinnamon stick.

    Step Three: Blend or mash

    Then, using a blender (immersion or standard) or food processor blend the applesauce to your desired consistency. Don’t forget to take out the cinnamon stick if you used one! My kids like it super smooth.

    Step Four: Cool and store

    Let cool and then store it. To speed up cooling your applesauce, put it in an ice water bath. In a large bowl add ice and cold water.

    Then, put your applesauce in the containers you are going to store it in and place them into the ice water bath. This will cool off your applesauce much faster and then you can go ahead with storing it in the refrigerator or freezer.

    Storage tips

    This recipe does not include canning instructions and cannot be kept at room temperature. Leaving this fresh applesauce at room temperature could result in food poisoning. There are a couple of safe options for how to store your applesauce to ensure the best quality.

    • We generally go through it quickly now so I will store it in a glass jar, mason jars or another airtight container in the refrigerator. In the refrigerator, it will be good for about a week.
    • Another option is to make your own pouches. Disposable or reusable ones can be purchased on amazon. Those can be frozen for up to 3 months! If you don’t want to make individual pouches applesauce can also be frozen in freezer bags or other airtight containers.
    • If you are making this recipe to be used for baby food is to freeze it in small portions such as an ice cube tray and pop into a resealable freezer bag and keep in the freezer. This allows you to take out a little at a time. We did this a lot when our children were little.
    • Let frozen applesauce defrost overnight in the refrigerator before using. Do not defrost at room temperature to avoid bacteria growth.

    Both ways of storing applesauce will work just be sure to use whichever is the best way for you to end up with the smallest amount of waste. Before serving applesauce that has been stored in the refrigerator or freezer be sure to give it a good stir to incorporate any excess water that may have separated out.

    Keep in mind that store bought applesauce lasts much longer than homemade applesauce.

    Homemade Strawberry Applesauce in a mason jar

    Can this recipe be doubled?

    Yes, be sure to use a large pot and review our suggestions for freezing to make your applesauce last if you make a large batch of applesauce.

    Can I use other berries in this applesauce recipe?

    Absolutely, try blueberries, blackberries or raspberries in this recipe as well. You could even do an assortment of berries. If using blueberries or blackberries make sure they are sweet so you don’t need to use any added sugar.

    Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker?

    Yes! We love to use a slow cooker for our applesauce. If you do use a slow cooker I would be sure to double or triple this recipe so there is enough in the slow cooker. Also, it should cook on low for only 2-3 hours. Check it often to avoid burning the berries.

    Homemade Strawberry Applesauce in a mason jar. Picture is taken from the top of mason jar so you are looking down into it.

    Homemade Strawberry Applesauce

    Yield: 2-3 cups
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Additional Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

    This Homemade Strawberry Applesauce is super simple to make and only requires 4 ingredients and no added sugar. Kids and adults are both sure to love this delicious applesauce.

    Ingredients

    • 4 red apples
    • 1 pint strawberries
    • Juice from 1 lemon
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick

    Instructions

    1. Wash apples, strawberries and lemon.
    2. Peel, core and chop up apples. Remove tops from strawberries and chop into quarters.
    3. Combine strawberries and apples in a sauce pot.
    4. Juice lemon and add to pot. Add cinnamon or cinnamon stick.
    5. Cover and cook over medium high heat until simmering. Remove lid and stir. Lower heat and continue to cook until apples can be easily mashed. About 20 minutes.
    6. Once apples are very tender, use an immersion blender, stand up blender or potato masher to get your preferred consistency of applesauce. (Don't forget to remove the cinnamon stick if you used that.)
    7. Let applesauce cool and store in the refrigerator. Applesauce will stay good in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Or freeze for up to 3 months.

    Notes

    See post for detailed storage tips.

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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 5gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

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