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This recipe is a little bit different then normal cinnamon applesauce. I actually got this recipe idea from my wonderful mother-in-law. It is actually super easy to make and very tasty, especially if you like applesauce with a kick:) Let me know if you end up making this homemade applesauce with red hots!

Homemade Applesauce with Red Hots



  • 4 gala apples, cored, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup of unfiltered apple juice
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Approx. 3 teaspoons of orange zest
  • 1/4 water
  • 1/4 red hots/cinnamon imperials

Begin by adding all but the cinnamon candies to a saucepan. The orange zest and lemon juice are to help balance out the sweetness of the candy, so you can add more or less depending on your personal preference.


Cook covered, on medium heat for about 15 minutes until the apples are soft enough to mash with either a fork or a potato masher. Sorry about the steamy photo! Make sure you take it off the heat before mashing.

homemade applesauce

Add the cinnamon candies to the mixture and cook them down until they are dissolved. You can add more if you like it more spicy, or less if you just want a hint of spice.

homemade applesauce

This is all that I did, because I like my homemade applesauce on the chunkier side:) You can throw it in a food processor for a few pulses if you like it more on the pureed side.

homemade applesauce

So easy right? It’s really tasty and something a little different then the traditional applesauce. My 2.5-year-old loves the stuff.  It’s perfect for the fall and winter seasons and you can eat it hot or chilled. It also makes your house smell AMAZING while it’s cooking:) Bonus points for that!

Let me know your thoughts if you try this out or if you tweak it in any way. I love hearing how people change up recipes to fit their own tastes.

*Cheers to fall flavors and homemade goodies*

joanna at motherhood and merlot