Strawberry Applesauce

Homemade applesauce has long been a favorite of mine. My mama always made the best applesauce going when I was growing up, though it usually had copious amounts of cinnamon in it. And since that’s officially off the list, applesauce had sort of fallen off the radar. And that’s a shame. A damn shame.

A few weeks ago, we had several apples that were just sitting. Some were a little gritty. Others were a tad bruised. Not the best for eating as is. So. I thought, why not make applesauce? I mean, really.

And then I got stuck.

Do people actually eat applesauce without cinnamon? And how would I make it sweet without adding a ton of sugar? Sugar makes me a little twitchy these days. An unfortunate side effect of eating healthier, I suppose.

So I stuck my head into our fridge to see if it would have an answer, and discovered a half-eaten pint of strawberries that had a day or two of life left. Why not.

And that, my friends, is the story behind this amazing recipe.

A bunch of stuff that was going bad. Tossed in a pot. A little water. A little (and I do mean a little) sugar. And voila. Heaven.


Strawberry Applesauce

Homemade Strawberry Applesauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Emily Levenson |


  • 4-6 apples any variety or mix thereof
  • water
  • 6-8 strawberries plus or minus
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Peel, core, and chop apples into small chunks. Doesn't need to be precise.
  2. Place apples into pan and fill with water until apples are just covered.
  3. Cut strawberries and add to apples.
  4. Turn stove to high and bring to a boil.
  5. Lower heat and simmer until apples are tender. Approximately 30 minutes.
  6. Once apples are tender, take a potato masher and mash apples until desired texture is achieved.
  7. Add sugar and stir.
  8. Serve hot or cold. your choice. It's amazing either way!

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free, wheat free, corn free, soy free, and egg free.

  • Use as many apples and strawberries as you have.
  • Add sugar (or your favorite sweetener) to your liking. The more strawberries you use, the sweeter the applesauce will be.
  • Use your favorite apples. And use a variety! The last batch I made had granny smith, yellow delicious, red delicious, and gala apples.
  • Try adding other fruit to the mix. I bet that peaches, blackberries, apricots, and pears would be divine.
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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

5 comments / Add your comment below

  1. That’s a really good idea! I’ve never thought of combining strawberries and apples.

    Oh, and I used to make homemade applesauce with my mom as well, and my favorite was always completely plain — no sugar, no cinnamon. Just boiled down apples. 🙂

  2. I think I have everything but the sugar. Do you think it’ll make that big of a difference? I have frozen strawberries and I think they add sugar to those…right? Anyway, I’ll have to try this.

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