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I'm Never Buying Apple Sauce Again — Rosemary-Scented Apple Sauce

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So, I was planing on making banana bread tonight but then I realized I didn’t have any apple sauce (yes, I’m one of those people that replaces the oil or butter with apple sauce). But then, I thought — hey! why don’t I just make apple sauce?

I hunted around online a bit and combined a couple of recipes together. And then added a rosemary sprig to the mix.

This is the easiest thing ever. Maybe 10-15 minutes prep time and 30 minutes cooking time. You can also skip the rosemary and add a little cinnamon or even a little piece of ginger! I plan on playing with this recipe a lot, and moving it to the crockpot when it gets hot out.

Rosemary-Scented Apple Sauce
Makes about 3 cups
4 apples, peeled, quartered and chopped into pieces (edited to add: I used gala apples)
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 2-inch sprig of rosemary
pinch of salt

In a heavy bottomed pan, combine the water with the lemon juice. As you chop up the apples, put them in the lemon water.


It won’t seem like you have enough water, but you do. When all the apples are in the pot, stir in the brown sugar, salt and the rosemary. Put the pan over medium high heat and bring the water to a boil.


Then, turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. I was watching a Gilmore Girls rerun while making this, and I got up to stir during commercials.


Let cool for a few minutes and mash with a potato masher (you can also use a stick blender). Remove the rosemary sprig and eat warm or cool in the refrigerator.


Use of freeze within 3-4 days.

6 comments to I'm Never Buying Apple Sauce Again — Rosemary-Scented Apple Sauce

  • That’s a great way to flavor aplle sauce! Wonderful!

  • Rosemary is my favorite herb. I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate it. Excellent idea!

  • Hey Michelle,
    I’m going to give this a whirl tomorrow, but what kind of apples do you suggest using? Organic? Fuji? Granny Smith?
    Oh and I hope you don’t mind, but I am going to skip the rosemary and instead put one or two cinnamon sticks in there and maybe some bourbon to liven things up a bit…we’ll see how that goes.

  • mlb

    Rosa: Thanks! 🙂
    Mags: Yep, I love rosemary too!
    HI Jaime: I used gala. I think anything would work except maybe granny smith (although I am tempted to try that kind sometime). I like all your additions! 🙂

  • I love the rosemary. Bourbon is a nice thought too. What great ideas!

  • mlb

    Lisa: Yeah, I am loving the bourbon idea too! 😉