By: Elizabeth Jacobs, of Yellow Finch

Now that fall has arrived my kitchen has taken on the aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and apples. One of my family’s favorite recipes is our homemade applesauce. It can be eaten plain, enjoyed with a variety of toppings and used for baking. It’s a staple item that we always have on hand!

Homemade applesauce super simple to make, and you can use any variety of apples and adjust the spices to your liking. For those with a sweeter palette, you can even add in a couple tablespoons of honey.

So grab your peeler, gather your apples and get to work! This autumn applesauce will make the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving table.

Autumn Applesauce with Warm Almond Milk
Serves 6-8


For the Applesauce:
– 4 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
– 1 cup water
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
– 1/4 teaspoon cloves

For the Toppings:
– 1 cup almond milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 1/4 cup almond slices

1. Place all the ingredients for the applesauce into a large pot on the stove. Cook over medium heat for 20-25 minutes until apples are soft. Adjust spices as necessary.
2. While the apples cook prepare the almond milk. Combine the almond milk and vanilla in a small saucepan and whisk together. Cook until warmed, but not boiling.
3. Using an immersion blender, mix together the applesauce mixture until smooth.
4. When serving the applesauce top with 1 tablespoon (more or less if desired) almond milk and sprinkle with almonds.


LizElizabeth Jacob is a freelance writer who has found a passion for cooking and photographing her way through the kitchen. After her nine-year-old son’s diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease and several struggles with doctors, she decided to fight his battle with dietary changes and clean eating. With her love of good food, learned photography skills and background in creative writing, she documents their journey on her lifestyle blog Yellow Finch. You can also follow along on her Instagram accounts @KicknCrohns and @ElizabethMJacob, Facebook and Twitter.