LUNCHBOX TREATS: Homemade Applesauce

It all started with Costco. A few weeks ago the kids really wanted apples. They wanted them from Costco, which meant 5.5 pounds of apples. They had finished the last container of apples in record time, so I went ahead and bought them. They sat there. Suddenly, apples were out. Watermelon was in, peaches were in, cherries were in. Apples….not so much. They started getting soft, so I took action and made applesauce. Applesauce is in! Score! Below are the ingredients for this activity! All of these amounts of dependent on what you have and your taste. I chopped the apples and ended up with about 10 cups of apple slices. I added a cup of water and 2 teaspoons each of cinnamon and sugar


  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Water

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Step 1

First, slice the apples. You don’t need this fancy tool. Use a knife.

Step 2

Toss them in a dutch oven or other large pot

Step 3

Add water, cinnamon, and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and allow to simmer until apples are soft. It took my pot about 45 minutes.

Step 4

How you process the applesauce is up to you. I have an immersion blender, so I used that. You can put it in a blender or food processor or even just mash the apples with a potato masher if you like your applesauce chunky.

Step 5

This is our finished product. We spooned it into reusable containers for the kids’ lunchboxes. I’m thinking of trying to make a batch of fruit leather with this mixture too…could be delicious!