Chunky Applesauce

Chunky Applesauce with a soft crunch and the warmth of cinnamon is the perfect snack of dinner side. from #dietersdownfall.comApple Spice Cake with Caramel Frosting – Day One – Chunky Applesauce

Fall is just around the corner. Summer is winding down. The kids are back in school. I can open the windows up and turn the A/C off. Sleep with the windows open. Enjoy fresh, ripe apples from our neighboring farms.  Life is good.

This week, I’m making an amazing Fall Cake that is full of apples, cinnamon and caramel. It truly was an outstandingly good cake!

I love apple season. I’m so fortunate to live in a huge apple growing area. The land that our community was built on was all apple orchards. The town 30 minutes away has a huge Apple Blossom celebration in the spring. Musselman (as in the applesauce) High and Middle Schools are  just a few towns over.

The farmer’s market is filled with apples and there are several farms that invite you to come and pick your own. I’m thinking I’ll have to get out to a local farm after morning school drop off…

A fresh mix of apples makes the best applesauce. from

I had no idea before moving to West Virginia that this was apple country. It’s a good thing our family loves apples. My daughter could easily eat 2 to 3 apples a day if I let her.

For this recipe I used three different types of apples – one huge Granny Smith, a few Gala and a few McIntosh apples. It’s best to use a variety of apples for varied sweetness and crispness.

You can make this applesauce as chunky or as smooth as you like.  If you are making this in preparation for the cake,  then set aside 1 cup of it chunky before making the rest smooth.

Chunky Applesauce


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Serves: apx 4 cups

This Chunky Applesauce is best served warm and can be enjoyed at any meal.
  • 3 pounds Apples (use a variety. I used Gala, Granny Apple, and Macintosh)
  • ½ to ¾ C Apple Juice or Cider
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  1. Peel, core and slice apples into 1.2 inch slices.
  2. Add apples, apple juice, lemon juice and cinnamon stick into a large pot and cook over low heat until tender but not mushy. I was able to cut an apple with some force using a spatula.
  3. Add in sugar or honey and stir until dissolved and add in spices. Discard cinnamon stick.
  4. Use a wooden spoon or a potato masher to get the desired chunky consistency. If you want a smooth sauce, use a food processor or manually mash and then press through a coarse sieve.
  5. I liked it best served warm. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.

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  1. I’m like your daughter and have AT LEAST one apple a day – but I’ve been known to eat more! This applesauce sounds delicious. I love making my own instead of relying on store-bought.

  2. Edith Bice says:

    Hey, I made this recipe last year and loved it. Now there is no recipe, only the picture. Can you post the instructions for the chunky applesauce?

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      So sorry – I was in the process of switching my recipe display over. It’s back up and working now. Try again.

  3. I am looking for the caramel frosting for the Apple Spice Cake and am having a terrible time navigating your website. It just wants to take my iPad in circles from the picture of the finished cake back to pictures of the finished cake. I have found the cake recipe and the chunky applesauce recipe. However the caramel frosting seems lost. Is there a way to get a copy?
    Is there an app for the site I should be using? I really want to try this cake for my sister’s and my birthday next week.
    Many thanks,


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