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Alright, it’s time for me to clue you in on my latest and greatest food obsession—homemade applesauce. I know, you are looking at this and thinking BORRRRINGGG and you probably already clicked that little close button on this browser tab. But I promise you this is worth the quick read. Remember how banana soft serve revolutionized the food world? Well, mark my words, freezer applesauce is next.

I can’t exactly put my finger on what it is about the ‘sauce that has me so enamored. It could be that it felt awesome on my sore throat while I had still have the cold of death. It could be that after weeks of subsisting solely on sugar cookies and eggnog drinks, some real food satisfied my foodie soul. Or it could be that it is obnoxiously delicious, requires no cooking and is stupidly easy.

Oh yes, definitely that last one.

Did you know that apples get all mushy and soft when frozen? Or that they become sweeter and the flavors stronger? How about that all you have to do to make the best applesauce you’ve ever had is to freeze apples, thaw them and then mush the hell out of them?

Welcome to the delicious, delicious world of no-cook applesauce, my friends.

I chose to flavor my ‘sauce with a hefty amount of cinnamon and nutmeg and the end result was mega-sweet, super apple-y, spicy and comforting. Everything applesauce should be. You may be tempted to put sweetener in your applesauce, but I suggest trying it out sans-sugar first. My apples were sweet enough to not need anything extra.

no-cook freezer applesauce

no-cook freezer applesauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This freezer applesauce requires no cooking at all.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Water
  • 4-6 medium apples, cored and cut into eighths (about 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Fill a large bowl 2/3 with water, add in lemon juice and mix well. Add in apple slices and stir until all apple slices are coated in the mixture. Drain apples well.
  2. Place apples in a large zip-top bag, add in cinnamon and nutmeg. Seal bag and toss to coat.
  3. Place bag in freezer for 4-6 hours or until apples are frozen solid. Remove from freezer and allow to defrost on kitchen counter.
  4. When apples are soft, mash with potato masher or puree in a food processor until desired consistency. Serve cold.

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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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32 Responses
  1. Wow!! I would have never thought of this concept! I am definitely adding this to my “must-try” list as I love applesauce, but don’t always love spending time making it. Great idea, Cassie!

  2. Lola

    This sounds delicious and revolutionary!! 🙂 Almost as revolutionary as the spinach freezer puck things… or whatever you called them.

    PINNED!

  3. Sunny

    Perfect timing! I have a box full of apples to sauce up, and I was hoping to find a healthy way to do it! Can’t wait to try this! Question – after mashing, does it go back in the freezer if you don’t use it right away? Or just the fridge? Like I said, I have a lot of apples… Thanks for sharing your great ideas!!!

    1. Yes, I’m with Sunny on that question. I, too, have a huge box of apples.
      I LOVE THIS SO-WAY-EASY IDEA of how to make no-cook applesauce… for nutritional reasons as well as the fact that I’m disabled and I NEED EASY.

      Thanks so much!

  4. Christie

    My son and I actually made this today and it was great! We did a mixture of types of apples and everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Nikki

    So, I’ve been itching to make some applesauce, seeing local apples start to pop up everywhere… meaning CHEAP fruit!! I haven’t made homemade applesauce for several years now, and all of the sudden I feel a very strong need to do so to make up for those years ;P I went fumbling through applesauce recipes on foodgawker.com and found this here blog recipe. I saw it and was like, nooo… really. So real quick like I chopped up 2 apples (one golden and one red delicious) and threw them in a freezer bag with a good dose of cinnamon (last night). I skipped the whole water and lemon juice thing as I figured that step was simply for the ‘no browning’ factor, which makes no difference to me, especially when the cinnamon will make it dark anyways. This morning I took my little goodie bag out of the freezer and it is in thaw out mode on my kitchen counter. I just poked at a few pieces that were starting to thaw and they were all mush like. That made me even more excited. I plan on mushing it all up and mixing it with my oatmeal that I will eat for supper! You are a brilliant human being! Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  6. Deb

    I was specifically looking for a recipe like this. Apples actually lose nutrition when they are heated, so why cook them before freezing? This article is perfect … it points out that this process actually enhances the flavor of the apple … which makes sense since the opposite removes flavor and nutrition. Thank you!

    1. Cassie

      You can definitely keep them in there longer. Just as long as they don’t get freeze burnt, I’d say they could keep indefinitely.

  7. Hi would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m planning to start my own blog soon
    but I’m having a difficult time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  8. Lnda Adsit

    I can’t stand cooked apples in any shape or form. But I love pureed RAW apples without sugar. I’ve never frozen apples, since I didn’t know how they’d turn out. Apparently, they’re fine. This has opened a new world for me. I have a half bushel to deal with and this is what I will do with most of them. Thanks so much for posting this.

  9. Jocelyne

    My apples froze on the tree and I have no choice. I am making a lot of apple sauce. I also have a vitamix. Don’t forget that you can replace the butter or oil or margarine by half apple sauce in baking. If you need one cup of butter, use 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of apple sauce. I bake a lot and it works very well

  10. Jacob

    This recipe seems like a great concept! It is actually in the freezer right now. I skipped the lemon juice process, but I did put the apples in the water. Will it work if I skip the lemon juice? Just curious. 😀

    1. Julie @ Wholefully

      The lemon juice is mostly there to keep the apples from browning and oxidizing. So it will probably work, it just might be a darker brown!

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