Baked Applesauce

8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Baked Applesauce is an easy snack made with just 4 ingredients! Green apples, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon turn into a sweet Autumn treat.

Easy Homemade Applesauce makes a great Side Dish, sweet Breakfast, or meat topping. This Baked Applesauce is similar to our Stovetop Applesauce, but there’s no need to worry about stirring the applesauce or manning the stove. Just pop it in the oven and let it bake on its own.

Baked Applesauce in White Bowl and on Spoon

The holidays and Fall are the perfect time to whip out this fresh Applesauce recipe. Nothing says autumn like the scent of warm, sweetened apples filling the house. Whether it’s Apple Cider, Apple Pie Filling, or Delicious Applesauce, the classic flavors of spiced apples are sure to put you in a festive mood.

Baking the apple sauce in a pan or dutch oven makes this recipe wonderfully easy, and the finished product is tasty and smooth applesauce. Roasted Applesauce gets its perfect flavor from nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet brown sugar. They all compliment the tart apples and make the ultimate comfort food.

Along with how tasty it is, this beautiful applesauce also gets plenty of dietary fiber from the apples. So you can cook up a relatively healthy snack that everyone will enjoy. Pack this treat in school lunches for an easy way to get your kids eating more fruit.

You probably already have the spices and brown sugar in your pantry, so all you have to add to your grocery list to make this delicious Applesauce recipe is extra apples. If you double up on the ingredients, you can easily food prep a large amount. Store the excess jarred applesauce in the fridge or freezer for several months. You can also give small jars as a cute holiday gift to friends and family!

Baked Applesauce chopped apples with brown sugar in pan

Ways to Serve

While you can just serve up a small bowl of apple sauce for breakfast or snacking, there are so many ways to enjoy this beautiful Applesauce. You can serve it as a side dish with grilling recipes like Delicious Pork Chops. For a holiday dinner put out a large bowl of Baked Applesauce as a side that people can pair with Roast Turkey or Baked Ham.

You could also serve Roasted Applesauce with potato pancakes for a classic holiday dish. For an ultra decadent and rich dessert, serve Apple Sauce over Vanilla Ice Cream or use it to make Applesauce Cake.

Baked Applesauce in pan before blending

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How to Make This Recipe

  • Prep: To start making Homemade Applesauce simply preheat the oven, then begin prepping the apples. Remove the apple peel, core, and cut 4 pounds apples into apple chunks. You can use an apple corer appliance if you have one or just use a paring knife.
  • Combine: Place apples in the dutch oven. Top them off with cinnamon and nutmeg. If you bake the apple mixture in a baking dish cover it tightly in aluminum foil.
  • Bake: Cook the apple sauce for 40-45 minutes until apples are tender and golden brown.
  • Blend: Carefully remove the chunky applesauce from the oven. You can mash the applesauce with a fork or potato masher. Once it’s cooled take the chunky applesauce and put it through a food processor, high-powered blender, or use an immersion blender to smooth out the Baked Applesauce.
  • Storing: Pour the finished product into clean jars. You can store it in the fridge or in the freezer to keep it for an extended period. Put it in small jars to give out as gifts.

Baked Applesauce in pan being blending

Variations and Substitutions

  • Add-ins: For some extra tart flavor mix in fresh lemon juice. A tablespoon of lemon juice should be plenty. For more warm flavors try mixing in ground allspice, crystallized ginger, apple pie spice, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • Apples: This Applesauce recipe calls for granny smith apples, but if you want less tart apples you can use different apple varieties. Try any sweet red apples from the grocery store like McIntosh, Winesap, Jonagold, Ambrosia, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Cortland.
  • Bourbon Applesauce: For an adult treat, make Bourbon Baked Applesauce and add a tablespoon or two of bourbon to the apple combination.
  • Sweetener: Use different sweeteners in the sugar mixture. Replace some or all of the brown sugar with granulated sugar, honey, or maple syrup.

Baked Applesauce in White Bowls with Spoon

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How to Store

  • Serve: Baked Applesauce should be kept warm and at room temperature it will only last for about 2 hours. Keep warm in a crockpot on low heat for up to 4 hours.
  • Store: Cool roasted applesauce completely and store it in an airtight container, like a glass jar or Ziploc bag, in the fridge. It will keep well for up to 2 weeks.
  • Freeze: You can also keep it for several months in a freezer safe jar or bag in the freezer. Stored properly, this Homemade Applesauce will keep for up to 3 months.

Baked Applesauce in White Bowl with Spoon

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Baked Applesauce

Baked Applesauce is an easy snack made with just 4 ingredients! Green apples, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon turn into a sweet Autumn treat.
Yield 8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 4 pounds granny smith apples , about 8
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Peel, core, and chop the apples into large chunks.
  • Place the apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a large dutch oven or a 9x13 baking dish (if using a baking dish, cover tightly with foil).
  • Cook for 40-45 minutes, then carefully remove from oven and smash with a fork or let cool completely before pureeing smooth.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Baked Applesauce

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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