Lunchbox Applesauce

Servings: 5 to 6 cups

Healthier and tastier than store-bought options, this homemade applesauce mixes well with cottage cheese. Use a blend of different apples—like Gala, Golden Delicious, Fiji, and Granny Smith—to create a more complex taste.


  • 6 medium apples, unpeeled, cored
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon each of allspice, nutmeg, and ginger


  1. Dice apples into ½-inch cubes and coat with lemon juice.
  2. Bring cider to a boil in a saucepan with Teflon™ nonstick coating. Cook until the liquid reduces by half.
  3. Add apples and cook uncovered 12-15 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Stir in the maple syrup, almond extract, and spices.
  5. Cook on low another 5 minutes until apples are tender but holding their shape; transfer to a bowl and mash with a wire whisk.
  6. Serve warm or cold. Store in the refrigerator.