applesauce you can live with

Recently, my foodie friend Madeline and I did a lot of cooking and baking.

Some from scratch and some from boxes.

This morning we were at a family member’s house making cinnamon apple muffins from a gluten-free muffin mix.

As I was reading the “ingredients to add” list on the box and set them out to be prepped, I saw that the recipe called for applesauce. I went into the cupboard and found a brand new pack of applesauce cups. The kind I remember packing in my school lunches as a kiddo. Naturally, I turned the pack over to scan over the ingredients list. And thank God I did! High Fructose Corn Syrup was the second ingredient listed and I almost lost my mind. No way were we about to use something so horrible in such healthy treats.

Madeline and I were kinda sad because we had gotten so excited about making theses muffins! But it was definitely not worth putting an “ingredient” like that into our bodies.

Then suddenly, she looked at me and said…”WAIT. WHAT IF WE MAKE OUR OWN?!” Applesauce, that is.

I thought “ugh that is going to take too long and that’s too complicated”…but I googled simple instructions on how to make this ingredient and since the muffin recipe only required one cup of applesauce, the cooking time went by very fast!


I will say, we felt very accomplished and proud of ourselves for doing this! Not only was the applesauce AMAZING in taste (whoa), it was also a lot healthier and closer to real food. If you don’t know about High Fructose Corn Syrup and it’s effects, don’t worry…I’ll tell ya all about it!

As for you, if you’d like to replace one cup of processed applesauce for homemade unsweetened applesauce in recipes, here you go:

Prep Time- 1 minute Cook time- 13 minutes

Yield- 1 cup

What you will need:

-1 cup Peeled, cored and diced apples.

(We cut apples and placed them in a measuring cup to make sure they were 1 cup!)

-1/2 Cup water

-1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

Method: Place the diced apples and water into a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the water and apples start boiling, the apples should begin to soften. When this happens, begin mashing the apples (we just used a spoon)….then add the cinnamon. Remove from heat and let cool. THEN VIOLA! Add it to your baking mixture!!


This was so fun and easy. I am going to start making applesauce at home a lot more & especially for snacks. I can’t wait to experiment with different ways to make applesauce more fun with different ingredients!

AND remember…always check labels and ingredients before you buy! The food industry is poisoning us by our own lack of checking. 

xoxo Joi


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